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In the spotlight: Louis O'Connor, graduate 2015

Since completing Green Steps in 2015, Louis O'Connor has continued to pursue his interests around architecture and sustainability, with a guaranteed bright future ahead. In conjunction with finishing his Bachelor of Architectural Design and Civil Engineering at Monash University, Louis has attend UN-led talks in New York, completed work with various archiectural firms, and become a recipient of the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan Scholarship, which will see him jet off to Singapore later this year. Read on for further insight about his time at Green Steps, his motivation and where to next for Louis. 
 
 
The Green Steps program certainly crystallised my own interest in sustainability, while exposing me to professional development techniques that would be valuable in any profession.

Q. What year did you complete Green Steps?

I completed Green Steps in 2015.

Q. What changed for you, either personally or professionally, after completing Green Steps?

The Green Steps program certainly crystallised my own interest in sustainability, while exposing me to professional development techniques that would be valuable in any profession. It also opened doors for me – none of the achievements I made in 2016 would have been possible without Green Steps.

Q. Can you tell us about your current position, work or projects?

In many ways I have expanded on my interest in sustainability. I have continued my studies in Civil Engineering and Architecture, and am currently working at Architectural Practice focussing on the domestic realm. Last year I attended the International Conference on Sustainable Development in New York and engaged in many United Nations led talks related to the Sustainable Development Goals.

In 2016 I also completed an architectural studio project relating to the Strawberry Fields Music Festival in Tocumwal, NSW, with a particular focus on designing the event’s master-plan and fabricating structures for the event that were sensitive to cultural, geographical and climatic concerns. I also volunteered for the Yarra Energy Foundation’s Solar Bulk Buy initiative during this period. At the end of 2016, I was selected as a New Colombo Plan Scholar, which will allow me to travel to Singapore later this year, to engage in the region, both academically and professionally.

Q. How do you stay motivated, focused and expressive in your field fo work?

Nothing out of the ordinary – plenty of exercise, healthy food and giving myself time to relax. This helps me put stressful events in perspective.

Q. Do you have any advice or tips to those who want to follow your path?

Put effort into the things that matter, and try to ignore the superfluous background noise around you. Motive matters, so find a cause that you want to serve and you’ll be surprised at the reserves of motivation and inspiration you’ll find to help carry you to your goal. 

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