Henley hosts interior design masterclass for Gordon TAFE

28th April 2022

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Off the back of Henley’s latest display home offerings in Villawood’s Armstrong community in Mount Duneed, the Ashbury 29 and Carmelle 25, Henley recently hosted a design panel to 26 enthusiastic interior design students from Gordon TAFE.

The National Henley Design Team, Nina Tophaven, Emma Taylor and Damian Cruickshank spent the session sharing their expertise and insights on inspiration, design and execution which was soaked up by the next generation of interior designers.


There was a Q and A with the students and the design panel, as well as a hands on flat lay challenge for the students to participate in.

Knowledge and insights aplenty

Luisa Drent, one of the teachers at Gordon TAFE said that the time the students spent with Henley was simply amazing and it was a fascinating insight to see how interior design works in an organisation like Henley.

“The students discovered what opportunities that exist, how to approach work in a company and where it can lead, and the scope of work that a large firm can offer. And, potentially, that Henley is a wonderful place to work, from the sales team in the front office to the building and  interior designers to the marketing team, everyone seemed so happy in their job.”


The students say thank you!

Olivia Scouller, one of the Gordon TAFE students thoroughly enjoyed the masterclass and cemented her passion for the industry, with the aim of opening her own home styling and staging business.

“I love the creativity of interior design and every client and project is different, so it is always a new and exciting challenge. I have decided to follow this career path because I love the versatility and creativeness of the career,” Olivia said.


“From the Henley masterclass, I learnt about Henley Homes as a company and what they have to offer and found it interesting that there were so many different opportunities available within the company.

“I believe that connecting and learning from experts in the industry is the best way to learn as you hear real life scenarios and stories and it is a good way to get ideas and also to learn how these experts may go about a situation.”


Sharing knowledge and experience

The Henley Design team thoroughly enjoyed their time with the students and Nina says that it is important to continue to share knowledge for the next generation of designers.

“Emma, Damian and I appreciate the students’ bountiful levels of enthusiasm as we were once like them – eager to learn and ask questions. We all had a ball!”


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