Student Designs Presented at Government House

Victorian tertiary design students today presented their creative concepts for the Government House Peace and Prosperity Garden to a panel headed by the Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC.
Melbourne University croppedMelbourne University students Rhea, Tao, Yuheng, Elyssia and Thuong with their design concept.
Eight design teams - two each from Deakin University, RMIT, Monash University and the University of Melbourne - were selected by their lecturers for the opportunity to present to the panel at Government House.
Their brief was to design a garden entrance, gates, shade and garden furniture as part of their course work that creatively interprets the ‘Peace and Prosperity’ theme; makes a respectful contribution to the Government House landscape; can be readily constructed; and is functional and durable.
The panel also included the Governor’s husband, Mr Anthony Howard QC; landscape designer Paul Bangay; Potato Head Family Co-Founder Jason Gunawan; National Gallery of Victoria Senior Curator,  Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture, Ewan McEoin;  Office of the Victorian Government Architect Victorian Design Review Panel member Tracey Avery; and Government House property manager and former gardens curator Kate Bower.
The Governor and Mr Howard developed the design project for students as part of their support for Lauren and Lorenza RMT Interwoveen 12Lauren and Lorenza from RMIT with their design, "Interwoven".the design and creative industries in Victoria.
The Governor congratulated the design students on being selected to present their ideas.
“I was impressed  with the innovative ways the brief was interpreted; the creativity and level of detail in the concepts; and the different ways the ‘peace and prosperity’ theme was incorporated into the designs,” the Governor said.
“This project has reinforced for me the depth of design talent we have coming through our tertiary institutions, and the strength of the design and creative industries in Victoria.”
The Governor and Mr Howard sponsor the Peace and Prosperity Kitchen Garden Program as part of their aim to open up Government House to a diverse range of Victorian community members and uses.
The garden’s name reflects the State’s motto: “Peace and Prosperity”. 
Monash Architecture Students The Garden of Peace and Prosperity editedMonash architecture students with a scale model of their group effort.