The Dreyer Foundation supports projects and initiatives aimed at promoting the development of the legal and architectural professions and their interation with society. Areas of priority are: Development of the professions, further education and communication.

For the next ten years every year five Danish students will get the opportunity to participate in the modernization of the Sydney Opera House while five Australian students will have the opportunity to work within the Nordic architecture.

In honour of the Sydney Opera House’s 40th anniversary celebrations in October 2013, the Sydney Opera House Trust, together with several partners developed MADE by the Opera House – a multidisciplinary Danish-Australian exchange programme. The programme was launched at an international architecture and design symposium on 25 October 2013 in Sydney.

MADE by the Opera House builds on the exceptional relation that arose between Denmark and Australia in connection with Jøtrn Utzon’s masterpiece the Sydney Opera House. MADE (Multidisciplinary Australian Danish Exchange) is about passing on the multidisciplinary approach and process that was the foundation of Australia’s most famous building. The participants in the exchange programme will be students in the fields of architecture, engineering and design  – the same disciplines, that once contributed to the development of the Sydney Opera House.

The exchange programme will every year for the next ten years give five Danish students the opportunity to work with the renovation of the Sydney Opera House with the Australian advisory firms involved. At the same time five Australian students every year for the next ten years will work on a project in a Danish architectural, engineering, or design company. The first group of Australian students will come to Denmark in January / February 2014 where they will work with a multidisciplinary project at Henning Larsen Architects.

“The Dreyer Foundation supports MADE because we believe that there is an increasing need for positive and integrated collaboration in light of today’s complex building conditions – and the renovation of the Sydney Opera House is an excellent opportunity to promote international cross-disciplinary collaboration and enhance the knowledge of Utzon’s architectural principles,” Bo Rygaard, CEO of the Dreyer Foundation, says.

MADE by the Opera House is a collaboration between the Sydney Opera House Trust and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK), and in Denmark, supported by Dreyer Foundation, the Bikuben Foundation and the Obel Family Foundation. In Australia, the program is supported by Arup Pty Limited, Steensen Varming (Australia) Pty Limited and The NSW Architects Registration Board.

Read more about MADE by the Opera House here

Read more about the launch October 25 at the Royal House website here