Explosion of young creative energy


Sean, who is studying Interior Architecture and Design, showing his project work entitled ‘Rethinking Transportation’. — Photos: SHAARI CHEMAT/ The Star

THE Oval Concourse of 1 Utama Shopping Centre in Petaling Jaya transformed into a multimedia feast of design and creativity at the launch of the 2019 Sequence Showcase.

The event, organised by the Faculty of Design and Built Environment (FDBE) of the First City University College (FCUC), was first held in 2003.It is an annual showcase featuring the best works from 120 final year students majoring in various disciplines, including Interior Architecture and Design as well as Graphic Design.

FCUC directors and faculty members, VIP visitors, parents and students walked among the numerous displays – mounted on large poster boards affixed to metal panels – of the students’ works based on project briefs involving, among others, the creation of creative office space for a filmmaker’s office and 3D visualisation models of reimagined urban planning, with inspiration from consumer trends, technology and aesthetics evident in the works.

The clear displays of creativity were supplemented by detailed depictions such as layout plans and axonometric diagrams, all indications that students had done deep-dive research into the subject matter of their assigned projects.

An example of the dozens of works displayed at the 2019 Sequence Showcase held at the Oval Concourse of 1 Utama Shopping Centre.
An example of the dozens of works displayed at the 2019 Sequence Showcase held at the Oval Concourse of 1 Utama Shopping Centre.

The theme for this year’s showcase, “Discover Beyond Curiosity”, focused on eco-awareness with the aim of highlighting to students the importance of protecting the environment.

The event was officiated by FCUC director Tan Sri Dr Teo Chiang Liang, who in his speech thanked faculty heads and the organising team for their tireless planning and meticulous work.

Attendees were also treated to a fashion show and a show reel of the students’ work.

“This showcase is our graduating students’ vision of being responsible eco-friendly designers,” said Teo, adding that the students’ works were exemplified by sponsor Hewlett Packard’s first-ever special booth designed and produced with eco-board materials.

Teo says the showcase reflects the graduating students’ vision of being responsible eco-friendly designers.
Teo says the showcase reflects the graduating students’ vision of being responsible eco-friendly designers.

“Our graduating students’ exhibits are proof of their talent and capabilities in exploring and producing designs for today and tomorrow,” added Teo, underscoring the opportunities for students to impress upon specially-invited industry guests on their readiness to join the working world.

Participants of previous Sequence Showcases have been offered employment even before graduation.

Student Frankie Sean, 22, who is studying Interior Architecture and Design, was proudly displaying his project based on the premise “Rethinking Transportation”.

“My lecturer Chua Huwi Huwi has been both my mentor and inspiration,” he added, while attendees admired the details in his 3D display work.

Teo went on to congratulate and give special mention to first class graduates from the institution and also to students who had won regional design competitions and foundation awards.

“The education we provide and the industry exposure accorded to our students have benefited not only our graduates, but the design sector and industry. This is yet another opportunity for our students to be industry-relevant and ready,” he said.

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