ENVISION 2016: Your questions answered



The ENVISION Student Partnership is an annual program run by NBRS with some of the most creative young minds in the design industry. This unique intern program encourages students to investigate collaboratively and provides them with an opportunity to experiment through an interplay of research and design. [Read More]

What have previous students said about the program?

“A great intensive design research program! An innovative way to introduce students to the dynamics of the architecture industry – from forming an informed and pragmatic way to approach design to presenting ideas to clients and colleagues.”

“I really enjoyed the whole process thoroughly; from the heavy research we have conducted to the resolution of our design. It was really great to see how everything came together eventually… I find that the program really gives empowerment to us as fresh graduates, giving us more confidence in our start in the workplace.”


What are you looking for in the paragraph response section? Can’t I just send you my portfolio?

Our unique internship program is an intensive design research program. Because the outcome is a research publication, we need to know that you are a competent writer. We don’t expect you to be an expert on the topic that the question addresses, but we are looking for people who can express themselves with clarity. We want to see passion for design, innovation in thinking and how you think design can make a positive difference in the world.

What skills will I learn?

You will undoubtedly many new skills and expand existing ones! Here are what some previous team members said:

“Communication skills & being able to narrow down an idea to it’s simplest form.”

“Throughout the whole program, I have gained time management skills, as well as learning how to delegate each task based on the strength and weaknesses of the team members.”

“Various professional practice skills that you can’t learn at uni.”


Will I be your unpaid coffee-fetching photocopying slave?

Not a chance – we even have someone who will make you a free coffee every morning! Not only are our students paid, but their time during the program is packed full with exciting design and research tasks. The program is varied, involving interviews with real industry stakeholders, design reviews with our experienced architects, reading existing research, problem solving, writing, sketching, imagining, modeling and much more.

“This is one of the best internship programs I have come across… Many of my peers have been involved in internships that didn’t allow them to connect with other members of staff on the level that we did, or work in a team to produce meaningful work that contributes to the office vision – so I was very honoured to be a part of the program.”

I don’t live in Sydney, should I apply?

The program is run from our Sydney office, located in Milsons Point and is only open to students who are locally situated. Should they be successful, we do not sponsor relocation/accommodation etc. for students choosing to apply from distant locations.

Candidates must be prepared to participate for the full period from 30 November 2015 – 12 February 2016 (2 week break over the holiday season).

Where can I find the publications from previous years’ programs?


Where can I find out more information about this year’s program?


This sounds like an awesome opportunity – How do I apply?

Online application form at nbrsap.com.au/envision2016


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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