Student exhibition

PaperSpace is the School of Architecture and Built Environment’s annual exhibition, showcasing outstanding work and talent from undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

It's a chance to celebrate students' hard work with friends and family, and, as the exhibitions are open to the public, it's also great exposure for students and their careers.

PaperSpace 2018 - Save the Date


Federation Square
Monday 5 to Friday 9 November

PaperSpace 2017

PaperSpace 2017 saw the grand designs of students on display at Federation Square during Melbourne Cup week before moving to the gallery at Deakin's Geelong Waterfront Campus from 14 to 24 November.

Deakin's Chair in Architecture Professor Des Smith explained the exhibition entitled 'PaperSpace takes the Stand', curated the work of 50 undergraduate and masters students, including drawings, models and folios.

'The students work examines how architecture might act politically and socially, how it might respond to its site and context, and how the putting together of building elements might enhance our experience of the world,' Professor Smith said.

The works ranged from designs for a disused Berlin factory converted into temporary refugee housing, to plans for a museum for shearing and wool in Western Victoria.

'We are bringing architecture back to the public, while celebrating the hard-work of our most talented students,' Professor Smith said.

For more information about the PaperSpace exhibitions in Melbourne and Geelong, visit the PaperSpace Facebook page.

PaperSpace 2016

PaperSpace 2016 was on display at The Atrium, Federation Square from 31 October to 4 November 2016, followed by a Geelong exhibition from 8 to 18 November in the A+B Gallery.

Architect Michael Markham, who opened the exhibition, suggested that the work and intentions of the A+B students was becoming quite distinctive in an architectural world, where insulated self-identity is the norm. He suggested the work at PaperSpace 2016 be described as 'sober', meaning the works and authors were 'not drunk on their own ideas'.

In her opening address Professor Jane den Hollander, Deakin’s Vice-Chancellor, also recognised the professional clarity of PaperSpace, and the necessity of this when exhibiting the work of students in the most public, high profile display space in Melbourne.

The exhibition attracted more than 10,000 visitors during Melbourne Cup week. The Geelong exhibition also exposed the students work to the public and school groups in the following weeks.

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PaperSpace 2015

Around 500 guests, including Peter Maddison (host of Grand Designs Australia), came along to the opening night of PaperSpace 2015.

Held in the atrium of Federation Square, the exhibition was formally opened by Sean Godsell, one of Australia's most internationally renowned architects. Using a football, talent and teamwork analogy, he discussed the students and their work in the context of architecture's cultural civic role.

An estimated 10,000 people went to the exhibition over the course of five days during Melbourne Cup week in 2015. Visitors included numerous community and industry representatives, students, staff, families and friends.

These works concretise a concern for understanding and character. They are presented as places and spaces of comprehensive engagement with social, political and environmental responsibility. There is a leadership quality to this – these works are propositions and invite engagement.