To commemorate 30 years in business in Australia, Thomas Hamel announces The Graduate Programme, an intensive one-year opportunity for one lucky, emerging interior designer to work and learn under his guidance at Thomas Hamel & Associates in Sydney. Reflecting on his three decades in Australia, the inaugural mentorship program is driven by Thomas’ passion for the local design industry and his desire to invest in the next generation, helping the community continue to thrive.
Through the program, Thomas is eager to offer young designers the same opportunities he was afforded in his formative years in New York and Australia.
It will be offered annually to an interior design graduate with at least twelve months of experience working in the design industry within Australia. The immersive experience in the Thomas Hamel Studio in Surry Hills offers engagement working across the various teams within the multi-dimensional design firm.
Thomas Hamel is a multitask force. The Virginian native directs his Sydney-based interior design business, collaborates with the Prince’s Trust, and has projects in London, Singapore, New York and Florida. Regardless of a project’s locale, he brings a bright, breezy Australian relaxed elegance to his work.
Thomas began his own design journey in New York City where he worked at the world-renowned Parish-Hadley.
It was under the guidance of Albert Hadley and his creative team, that Thomas honed his eye for great design and developed the underlying current of timelessness that is a common thread in his work. Thomas first studied design at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, then continuing his studies at the American College in London before returning to New York where he worked for Parish-Hadley.
Reflecting on his years in Australia and the launch of The Graduate Mentorship Program, Thomas says, “I have been incredibly fortunate to have been given many great opportunities by Australian clients who trusted and believed in me from the start and allowed me to take them on a journey where together we created their beautiful residences.
“I now want to truly give something back, and hopefully provide a ‘leg up” for other designers to thrive in our ever-growing design community in Australia”.
About The Graduate Mentorship Program:
The successful Thomas Hamel graduate receives a full-time contract for a maximum term of 12 months in the Sydney studio of Thomas Hamel & Associates, with mentoring and support from Thomas Hamel and his team. Only one graduate mentorship will be awarded per year, with the inaugural program running from March 2022 to February 2023. Applications close 31 October 2021 with the successful candidate notified by mid-December, 2021.
Launching in 2021, the Thomas Hamel mentorship is a premier graduate program, which will be offered annually by Thomas Hamel & Associates. Open to a recent Interior Design graduate, The Graduate Mentorship Program is designed to identify a candidate who demonstrates outstanding passion, achievement, and the highest promise as a creative and innovative future force in the Australian design industry. It is envisaged that once the successful graduate completes the mentorship program, they will be both equipped and inspired to further the quality and professionalism of the interior design industry in Australia.
The Thomas Hamel graduate will receive a full-time maximum term contract of 12 months in the Sydney studio of Thomas Hamel & Associates, with mentoring and support from Thomas Hamel, the Creative Director, and design and admin teams. The graduate will be engaged in a variety of professional development and enrichment opportunities as part of the program, including a research component and working within the various teams within the business.
Only one full-time paid graduate mentorship will be awarded per year, with the inaugural program running from 1 March 2022 to 28 February 2023.
Applications are open now until 5pm AEDT on 31 Oc tober 2021. To apply to the program and review the terms and conditions, visit www.thomashamel.com