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Students best in class at Building Designers Association of Victoria awards

Two of our students were recognised as among Victoria’s best emerging building designers at the 2019 Design Matters Building Design Awards.

22477VIC Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) learners Damir Ramiz (Excellence in Documentation) and Thomas Harrington (Best Response to a Design Brief) were awarded at a ceremony held at the National Gallery of Victoria. The Design Matters awards (also known as the Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) Awards) are held annually and highlight the importance of building designers in the industry and community.

“I wanted to have a bit fun with my design,” says Thomas. “The BDAV project was a good place to test a few ideas. There are always so many things that go into working out what to do with a design.”

Thomas’s design (see picture above) featured a new multi-purpose sports centre located at Fishermans Bend, and was described as “elegant” and “refined” by the judges.

Our building design (architectural) course focuses on project-based learning, where students study across five core areas, design, construction, computer technology (including presentation and visualisation), project administration and working drawings.

“The focus on the technical side of the design is good at Holmesglen. I’ve gained a good insight into the different types of construction,” says Thomas.

Damir and Thomas’s awards saw Holmesglen take out honours in two of the three student categories. Damir’s drawing set (see picture below) was also praised and described as “thoroughly detailed” by the judges.

“Winning the BDAV award means a lot to me, as I spent a lot of time on my final year project and I’m very happy that it went noticed,” says Damir.

Our building design course has a track record of industry excellence. Students Bruno Gusmao (Digital Presentation by a Student) and Liyan Shi (Drafting Excellence by a Student) received BDAV awards in 2017, and Xuan On Phan received a commendation in 2018.

Find out what you can achieve with a building design qualification at our 22477VIC Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) course page.

All information is correct at the time of printing but subject to change.

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