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Bond University's Architectural Studies students enjoy practical learning beyond the classroom at Linnaeus

Bond University’s first cohort of Architectural Studies students stepped out of the classroom on Sunday 20 February and into the Linnaeus estate, the secluded world class environmentally sustainable residential community nestled on Byron Bay’s coastline. 

The hands-on, educational field trip ran over two days allowing students to immerse themselves in the architectural and environmentally sustainable surroundings of Linnaeus, not generally accessible to the general public.

Professor Philip Follent, Head of Bond University’s Soheil Abedian School of Architecture was enthused about the inaugural field trip.

“Students have greatly benefitted from stepping out of the classroom and working in an environment which exemplifies quality architectural design,” said Professor Follent.

Students also benefitted from inspirational guest lecturer Professor Paul Pholeros, Director of Healthabitat and National Program Manager of Fixing Houses for Better Health and Housing for Health projects.

Professor Pholeros has been honoured with the Australian Medal AM in recognition for his persistence and outstanding service to the health and well-being of the Indigenous population of Australia and the Torres Strait Islands. His work has also led to long-term change in the acceptance of the role of the living environment to health.

During their stay students explored the environment, inspected the sustainable design features and performed hands on design exercises of measurement, surveying, sketching, lantern making, night sketching and photography.

Linnaeus is the vision of renowned environmental architect Phil McMaster and co-owner Steve Buchen. Phil is dedicated to fun and environmental education, which is infused through the playful and eclectic feel of Linnaeus.

“Education, environment and inter-generational equity is at the heart of Linnaeus. Simply, that is belief that the present generation should ensure that the health, diversity and productivity of the environment is maintained and enhanced for the benefit of future generations,” stated Phil McMaster.

“We enjoyed the time with the Bond University students and valued their creative thinking and valuable contributions.”

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