UNSW student, Jincheng Jiang, is the first Masters of Architecture student in Australia to receive a six-month internship with the prestigious Renzo Piano Foundation in Italy.

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano established the non-profit foundation in 2004, with a commitment to promoting architecture through study and research.

As Australia’s first university to be offered the internship, UNSW joins established universities including Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Ecole Nationale Architecture Superior Paris-Malaquais, and Brazil’s Facultad de Arquitectura, Urbanismo.

During his time at Renzo Piano, Jiang will have the opportunity to participate in every stage of their architecture projects, including design and experimentation. The internship also involves visiting construction sites to help bridge the gap between academic knowledge and the reality of the architect's profession.

“I came from China to Australia to study at UNSW but this will be a completely different experience. I’m very excited,” says Jiang.

“I’m looking forward to taking the leap from an academic environment to industry, and working with Renzo Piano will be a fantastic place to experience it. I want to observe, and be part of, the transition from concept, models and drawings to the reality of a building.”

Renzo Piano Building Workshop have been responsible for large-scale and iconic building projects around the world, including the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Shard skyscraper in London and the New Whitney Museum in New York. Locally, they have designed the One Sydney Harbour luxury apartment project near Sydney’s Crown Casino Tower.