Every year, each studio contributes to the development of individual students and supports university activity. In Melbourne, Geyer introduced a number of new initiatives across all 3 tertiary institutions.
The Design Leadership team, lead by Tan Hillman in Melbourne, launched the inaugural Geyer Prize for Design Intent and integrity. The following students won this award and have undertaken the prize of working with the Melbourne Geyer team to build their strengths and prepare them for their design career:
Monash : Leah Hudson Smith
Swinburne: Hua Li
RMIT: Negotiations are underway to award the Geyer Prize to a graduating student
Melbourne also hosted a series of student workshop sessions, providing an interface and collaboration between approximately 20 students representing all universities. In addition, the Friday 5 Minute Speed Critting sessions were initiated and the studio library, 'Generator', was opened up for students to access.
Geyer is also supporting the DIA Emerging Designers program and Geyer's new graduate, Phoebe Settle, has recently been appointed to secretary of the program. The Emerging Designers aim to provide students and recent graduates with events and resources to develop their knowledge and understanding of the design profession. Emerging Designers aims to facilitate the transition from student designer to contributing member of a professional design practice by providing networking opportunities for students and practising designers.
Geyer also welcomes Zoe Bodvai as she joins us on a 6-week student placement for Monash University. Secondary school students are also invited to undertake industry work experience at Geyer in 2012.