Two RMIT students have been recognised as rising stars of the Victorian building design industry at an awards ceremony in Melbourne.
Thomas Bird and Hung Viet Tran, from the Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural), each took home a student prize at the 2014 Building Design Association of Victoria (BDAV) Awards.
Now in their 19th year, the BDAV awards showcase the talents and expertise of building designers to encourage higher standards of excellence in the profession.
Final-year student Hung Viet Tran won the “Best Student Digital Presentation” category and said it was an honour to see the BDAV recognise his hard work.
“I do not know how I can show my appreciation to the RMIT teachers that gave me the opportunity to be a part of the competition,” he said.
“Without their help and support throughout the advanced diploma, it would not have been possible for me to achieve this result.”
Judges said the information outlined within Mr Tran’s presentation clearly conveyed the aspects that were fundamental in his building design.
They were especially impressed by the way he used the fly-through image tool to describe and display how the design elements functioned.
Thomas Bird, also a final year student, won the “Best Student Response to a Design Brief” category and said he hoped the award would give future clients confidence in his ability and help him to find employment in the future.
“The teachers at RMIT are really helpful and the projects they have you do are very relevant to industry,” he said.
“The advanced diploma is interesting and fun and the software and topics that are taught to us are the perfect kickstart to a career in the industry.”
Judges praised Mr Bird’s design of an office building on a corner block in Melbourne suburb, Cremorne, saying it was “both ambitious and impressive”.
BDAV president Michael O’Sullivan said the annual student awards continued a long tradition of supporting emerging professionals in the building design industry.
“The BDAV is committed to the next generation of building designers in Victoria,” he said.
“These outstanding students should be congratulated for their commitment to the principles of sustainable design.
“They are on the path to becoming valuable members of the Victorian building industry.”
Founded in 1983, the BDAV is Victoria’s largest not-for-profit industry body representing around 2,000 building design professionals.
BDVA affiliated building designers are responsible for more than 80 per cent of all residential developments in Victoria.
Catherine Ciavarella, Program Coordinator Building Design, said RMIT’s success at the awards was representative of the dedication and enthusiasm students had demonstrated throughout the advanced diploma.
"Thomas and Hung's outstanding designs and presentations are proof of the state leading work that students are producing within RMIT's building design programs," she said.
"To walk away from the night with two of the three available student awards is representative of our industry leading teaching practice.
"The awards are an annual highlight on the Victorian building design industry calendar, and it is pleasing to see RMIT programs and students recognised."
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