Wai Ho (David) Au graduated from the University of Tasmania’s Master of Architecture in 2014 and has already landed a position at leading Tasmanian architectural firm, Timpenny Achitecture+Interior.

Originally from Hong Kong, Mr Au undertook his undergraduate degree in the United Kingdom. However, when he started looking for architecture degrees in both the UK and Australia, his agent recommended he consider the University of Tasmania’s programme. After reviewing the various programmes offered by a number of universities, Mr Au chose the University of Tasmania’s architecture degree because its courses was ranked more highly compared to other UK and Australian universities, and the tuition fees were very affordable.

“At the time, I had not heard of this particular university but Tasmania offered a very different lifestyle compared to Hong Kong, very spacious, with clean fresh air, and very close to nature. I thought this could be a really interesting place for a unique experience.”

Now, as a proud alumnus who studied both Environmental Design (Architecture) and his Master’s degree in Tasmania,  Mr Au credits the University’s approach to teaching and learning with the incredible success he has had as a graduate.

“The University of Tasmania’s School of Architecture not only taught me design skills, but also offered me technical building knowledge which really prepared me for success in the real working world,” said Mr Au.


The Tasmanian School of Architecture prides itself on offering the highest quality teaching with staff that are recognised nationally and internationally for their expertise across a range of areas in design, theory, history and building technology.

The integration of these knowledge domains within the context of the design studio is a core philosophy of the School.

University of Tasmania graduates are highly regarded and sought after by many leading design practices in Australia and overseas because the School offers students opportunities for industry experience with real projects for real clients, through Learning By Making projects and integrated workplace learning.

Graduates from the Master of Architecture are also eligible for registration as an architect following an approved practical experience program over two years and successful completion of the architectural practice registration examinations of the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA).

The Master of Architecture is also recognised by the Commonwealth Association of Architects and this offers the opportunity for international recognition.

“The University always invited local Tasmanian and mainland Australian architectural companies to deliver lectures and help us as students to build up our networks and connections with the architecture and design industry,” said Mr Au.

“This proved to be the key to me finding a job so quickly and easily after graduation.”

Mr Au said one of his favourite memories of his time in Tasmania which summed up his overall experience living in the State came early on when he and his housemate got lost looking for a house they wanted to rent.

“We didn’t know where we were but luckily a local helped us out and even invited us into their house for tea. We were very grateful for their help and surprised by just how friendly Tasmanians were.”

“I would not hesitate to recommend the University of Tasmania to other students because the courses are very affordable and the University offers a lot of support to international students which really helped me out a lot.”

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