Sibella Court of The Society Inc. is compelled to share her experience, knowledge and wisdom to foster the next generation of designers, and this ethos has earned her a place as a finalist in the Australian Collaborative Education Network’s Local Hero Award. (ACEN).

Our industry-focused approach is at the heart of everything we do at Torrens University, and our interior design programs have been enhanced by our partnership with Sibella, since 2019.

I have seen first hand Sibella Court’s experience and dedication to bringing the industry directly to the student experience. She is passionate about ensuring that her contributions to their studies have a realistic basis in industry exposure and experience,” said Melissa O’Brien, Course Coordinator, Interior Design and decoration, at Torrens University in Australia.

She goes above and beyond our expectations of a WIL partner providing extraordinary value for our students, and for that, she truly deserves our nomination, and her place in the ACEN Finals adds Melissa.

ACEN, the national professional association for work-integrated learning (WIL) and collaborative education, advances collaborative, quality, and inclusive WIL through scholarships, partnerships, and professional learning .

The Local Hero Award is given to a partner organization that is a small-medium business, with 0-199 employees, whose engagement with an institution through WIL and whose contribution to the student WIL experience, is beyond expectations of the size of their organization.

The winners will be announced at the Beyond 2022: Creating the Future with WIL dinner conference on October 24, 2022 in Melbourne.

Improving opportunities for our students

Sibella Court is the Founder and Creative Director of The Society Inc., a specialist interior service. In 2019, Sibella Court became an Interior Design Ambassador at Billy Blue College of Design and since then her 27 years in the industry have beautifully played an active role in our student experience.

Over the years, Sibella and The Society Inc has hosted 10 students through our 1:1 Internship and Mentorship Program, with each student also receiving a Sibella Court Scholarship. His workshops and exclusive site excursions, including the recent Design History Walking Tour, provide insight into his experience, as well as his ongoing involvement in our program development process, which led to the co -development of our new subject, the history of interior design. and Decoration.

“Engaging with the extremely talented and experienced Sibella throughout my course meant I was able to gain important insight into her unique thought process and design concept development,” said Jennifer. Said, recipient of the 2021 Sibella Court Interior Design Fellowship.

“Working with Sibella and her team is extremely insightful. I attended photo shoots and went behind the scenes, attended site tours to understand the process of being an interior designer. Witnessing important discussions and bouncing around ideas in a collaborative environment is an enlightening and valuable experience for me,” said Jennifer.

Sibella is currently working on a Live Brief for a heritage listed residential project where our students research and develop concepts based on historical precedent and gain an understanding of their client and the unique aspects of completing a heritage project.

“Working on a heritage project of this scale is an incredibly valuable and unusual student experience, and it’s been important to Sibella to ensure that students gain a strong and informed knowledge base in this area,” said Melissa O’ Brien.

“By learning how she draws on social, cultural and contextual histories, students were introduced to distinct sources of information gathering, resources and conceptual connections,” said Design Fellowship recipient Jennifer Said. Interior Sibella Court 2021.

“Seeing Sibella interact with story and objects to turn concept into reality is so unique. Most turn to the internet for design research and inspiration, but knowing that there is a whole other world for designers to explore is so valuable,” added Jennifer.

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