Enduring Design Masterclass 2023

The Enduring Design Masterclass is the first of its kind in Australia. Drawing from the University of Queensland’s highly regarded expertise in Indigenous architecture, and the Prince’s Trust Australia and INTBAU’s extensive knowledge in traditional design and trades skills from across the globe, the course will equip students with a strong, hands-on grounding in the diverse traditional building cultures of Australia, and reconnect them with the enduring design traditions that have stood the test of time.

“The real-world pressures of climate change and increasing population density means we need to come up with new solutions on how to build a more sustainable future. Of course, some of those solutions actually come from our past. Traditional design and trades offer us an exciting opportunity to tap into the best lessons from the past to bring them forward, and integrate those lessons with contemporary design to help build more sustainable places,” notes Executive Director and Director Sustainable Communities at Prince’s Trust Australia, Justin Hewitt.

Course Overview

The 2023 Enduring Design Masterclass will run from the week commencing  26 June to the week commencing 14 August 2023 during teaching period 5. This course combines a two-week intensive providing a range of hands-on making days, with a research project. 

Enrolment is open to Master of Architecture students only. Due to the limited number of places available, students must submit an application form to be considered for a place the course. The course will carry a 2 unit credit. 

Topics covered

  • The theory and practice of traditional building and design knowledge
  • Hands-on skills including stone masonry, traditional carpentry, bricklaying, and architectural drawing
  • Indigenous, European and Regional perspectives and approaches to design
  • Incorporating cross-cultural traditions in a contemporary design environment

See what the 2022 Enduring Design Masterclass students had to say about this one-of-a-kind program. 


26 June 2023 to 19 August 2023 (weekends excluded)

The 10-day hands-on intensive will run from 03 July - 14 July. All students must attend in person for this intensive.

Lectures and tutorials will be run at other times during the teaching period. These will be run in internal mode for UQ students, and dual mode by arrangement for cross-institutional students.  


To be eligible to apply for the course, you must be enrolled in a Master of Architecture program at an Australian university. 


All students pay as per a regular UQ Master of Architecture course. All participants will be required to wear steel-capped boots on certain making days and pay for public transport to attend off-campus locations.

How to apply

Students who are interested in undertaking the 2023 Enduring Design Masterclass can apply via the Application Form.

Important dates

Applications open on Monday 13 March 2023 and close at midnight Friday 22 April 2023. All applicants will be notified on the outcome of their application by 29 April 2023. 

Successful applicants will be contacted with information on the dates and process for formal enrolment. 


For more information, please contact the UQ Architecture Office on (07) 3365 3537 or architecture@uq.edu.au 

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