5 Things I Learned on the Dulux Study Tour

Following a whirlwind ten-day tour to three countries, two of the five Australian Institute of Architects Dulux Study Tour winners will relay the 5 things they learnt on the international trip while taking in some of the world’s most impressive and iconic design and architecture. Starting in Copenhagen, then onto London and finishing up in Lisbon – there will be insights big and small

Discussion Panel

Alix Smith

Alix is an associate at HASSELL, based in Melbourne. She is a registered architect and graduated from the University of Melbourne. With exceptional leadership within the profession, Alix is involved in promoting gender equity, mentoring and Indigenous engagement through the establishment of HASSELL’s Women in Design Group, Global Intern Program and Indigenous Engagement Initiative and through collaboration with Parlour.

Alix is the design lead for a number of large and complex projects at HASSELL including Melbourne Metro, Level Crossing removal projects and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Through these projects she has demonstrated exceptional design skills and talent, advocacy for high-quality design and highly collaborative and generous leadership skills. Alix’s involvement in education and mentoring extends beyond HASSELL to running the Masters of Architecture design studio and she has involvement in the Institute of Architects including as a member of the 2018 Victorian Chapter Sustainability Jury.

In 2018 Alix undertook a secondment in HASSELL’s Shanghai studio giving her a global perspective to complement a local sensibility, a perspective which has been further strengthened from the 2019 Dulux Study tour from which she has just returned from. The prestigious program took a group of five emerging architects to Copenhagen, London and Lisbon.

Phillip Nielsen

Phillip Nielsen is a registered architect and co-founder of Regional Design Service, which is an architecture and design studio in Corowa, NSW.

Regional Design Service was founded in 2017 and seeks to deliver meaningful, thought-provoking and sustainable design outcomes for rural and regional communities and their inhabitants. The studio works across a wide platform of project types, from strategic planning of small townships to local government infrastructure and residential housing.

Driven by a passion to understand how regional communities engage with the built environment, Phillip and his team are continuously provoking a conversation with their clients, community groups and local councils alike so that they may better understand the role of architecture. This passion involves the ongoing delivery of regional design workshops, which discuss the context, process and value of design, and importantly, directly engage with children, business, arts and historical groups.