Apply for Bower 2020

Bower 2020

  • Gurindji Community Hub, Kalkaringi, Northern Territory
  • Design/Build
  • 25 points — Open to MSD students (limited places available)
  • Applications are now open and due by 2pm Saturday 29 February

Bower Studio has an established relationship with the Gurindji people on their homelands in remote Northern Territory. Previous Bower projects with the Gurindji include the award winning ‘Wave Hill Walk-Off Pavilions’, in 2016 and the ‘Karungkarni Arts Centre Extensions’ in 2018. Additional projects completed by Bower at Kalkaringi include leisure and sports facilities.

All projects are completed after extensive consultations with the community and include local labour and support.

This time we will be focused on the exterior space around the community hub designing and installing gathering spaces, shade structures, landscaping and general placemaking. This will first involve prefabrication of steel components in Melbourne and assembling a ‘kit of parts’ that will be sent to Kalkaringi before our ten days of site work within the community.

Conversations with the community during the build phase will inform your final design submissions which include a group derived community master plan before you prepare your individual design response for one of the requested community buildings. This could include housing, a social club, arts/culture facilities, visitor accommodation etc… (your choice).

Classes run 9-12 Monday morning. You will be in the community for a ten-day period from mid-April with cultural competency training and research seminars before working at Kalkaringi. A pre-departure building exercise is held at the Creswick campus 6-8 April (tbc) in order to help you familiarise yourselves with the building processes and tools. The studio is intellectually and physically demanding – please review the website carefully! Allow approximately $1,800 for airfares, 4WD hire etc.

The subject is open to MSD students studying design as part of the C,D,E and Thesis design studio (Thesis by special application to David O’Brien).

Information session

Studio C, D, E information session Friday 28 February.


Applications for Bower 20 are now open and due by 2pm Saturday 29 February. We know this is a really short turn around after the information session, however, no late submissions can be considered. You should have first attended the information session to understand the scope of the project or have contacted David O’Brien directly.

Submission Process

Applications for Bower Studio must be submitted directly – it is NOT on the ballot.

Please email your application to the selection committee and tell us why you are excited about the Bower 20 project at Kalkaringi (300 words or less). Please tell us if you are applying to have this processed as a Design C, D, or E subject or if you would like to do the project as Design Thesis. Add your telephone number in case we have any questions.

Successful applicants will be notified by email on Monday 2 March.

Please be aware that this project involves some long-distance travelling, hard work and some very basic accommodation and food. Check the student blog on the Bower Studio website to get some idea of the students’ experiences.

Further information

Contact Dr David O’Brien.