Thinking Global: Creative partnership with Arizona State University students

ASU Student Visit

Some of NBRS+PARTNERS’ brightest young minds spent a day exchanging design & research ideas with architecture students from Arizona State University. The students are part of a studio group of multidisciplinary students from ASU who are currently on a two week intensive research case study in Australia. On returning to Arizona, they will embark on a real design project for Native American Culture.

Alex Harrington, Tiffany Liew and Veronica Ho (Student Architects at NBRS+PARTNERS) shared insights from the research publications they produced through the ENVISION program. Alex’s insights from her involvement in the 2030 Cycle of Wellness (2012) was especially useful in the discussion of creating preventative health environments. The group discussed the potential for architects to broaden the functionality of traditional healthcare institutions and create community spaces that engage people in their own health and empower them to live healthier lives.

Daina Cunningham (Architectural Graduate at NBRS+PARTNERS) presented her final design project from university which was a hybrid community and office building for the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council. The crux of the project was the empowerment of the Indigenous community through architecture as a living, breathing entity, with which the community can engage. The ASU students were amazed at the parallels between culture, challenges and opportunities for Australian and North American indigenous peoples.

At NBRS+PARTNERS we are excited to forge this creative partnership with the Arizona State University students and to continue to share insights and innovative design concepts over the coming months. We are eager to be involved in collaboration & thinking that produces built environments that have a positive effect on people’s lives.


NBRS+PARTNERS is a people focused, research based studio that aims to enrich lives. By developing creative design partnerships our portfolio spanning public and private sectors exhibit an understanding of the people whose lives will be affected. Above all NBRS seeks to design environments that will have positive life changing affect. Architecture is the cornerstone of NBRS+PARTNERS global interdisciplinary design practice with expertise in Architecture, Heritage, Interiors, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, ESD and Research. Since 1968, NBRS has developed a research led international architecture practice based in Sydney Australia. NBRS is recognised for its innovative, award-winning design excellence and comprehensive expertise. Our design-minded, 50 strong team’s unique focus on creative partnerships helps to realise solutions, with extraordinary results.

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