Academic Breakfast - Architecture

This morning Dr Tim O’Rourke, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture at UQ, met with eight of our students who are studying architecture over breakfast. Tim has been at UQ for a number of years but initially studied medicine for three years before changing his program to study Architecture. He also has an understanding of college life having resided at Union College for a year!

Tim is a registered architect, having worked in architectural practices in Brisbane and Sydney, and he maintains an interest in timber construction and joinery. As a sole practitioner, he has designed residential projects and worked on a range of building types for Aboriginal communities. He completed his PhD at UQ where he examined the history and use of Aboriginal building traditions in the Wet Tropics Region of Queensland and now teaches architectural technology and design to undergraduates and offers research topics in the Master of Architecture program.

Tim spoke of the changing nature of architecture and the current needs associated with an aging population, the design of hospitals and the transferability of design skills into a variety of different job contexts. Students were encouraged to seek work experience opportunities where possible, experience international contexts and to be proactive with putting their names and portfolios forward to organisations towards the end of their third year of study.