School of Architecture

Tuesday 22 August 2017

Students, academics and local architects wake in the Wandering Cooks carpark after sleeping rough for one night

2017 marks the 6th anniversary of the UQ Architecture Winter Sleepout which aims to raise awareness and funds to support hardworking charities continue their work with people at risk of homelessness. Since its inception, the UQ Architecture Winter Sleepout has raised over $65,000 through the fundraising efforts of students, academics and Brisbane architectural practices. This year the event was hosted by the generous team at Wandering Cooks and we were treated on the night from presentations by Orange Sky Laundry and Arkhefield Architects who covered topics ranging from the support for those on the street to strategies to make our public housing stock more effective.

In 2017 our total surpassed $18,500, our largest annual total to date and this all goes to continue the work of Second Chance Programme, a Brisbane volunteer-run organisation supporting women and children at risk of homelessness. In another record for 2017 we had 49 registered sleepers braving a night under the stars in the car park of Wandering Cooks. A special mention must be extended to the architectural practices who slept out alongside us comprising of teams from Cox Architecture, O’Neill Architects, Blight Rayner Architects, BVN and Marc and Co. Without the wider support of the profession we would not be able to reach such an impressive total to which we wish to extend these companies a special thanks.

A big thanks to all student teams and ambassadors who all contributed to a successful event. Special thanks to Angela Hirst for letting us use Wandering Cooks for the fourth year in a row and the UQ School of Architecture for ensuring the success of the Sleepout. As future citizen architects it is important to never lose sight of home and shelter as a basic human right. Through this one small effort we try to support those who can help others achieve the security and dignity of a safe place to live and a place to call home.

Thank you!