BDAV Awards

Box Hill Institute students awarded for their ‘grand designs’

Box Hill Institute students triumphed at this year’s Building Designers Association of Victoria Awards, scooping two of the four student category prizes.

Jeremy Li, who is studying on the Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural), won the award for Best Digital Presentation by a Student. While Cameron Shelton, who is studying on the same course, received the Brian Morison Award for Most Promising Student; plus $4,000 to further his studies.

The Building Designers Association of Victoria is an industry body which acts for building design professionals. Its prestigious awards recognise the talents and expertise of working building designers and the rising stars of the industry.

The awarding panel, made up of leading industry specialists, were impressed with this year’s standard of entries, which reflects the high level of quality design offered by professionals and students working towards their careers.

Of Jeremy’s entry, which was a design for the Garden City Surf Life Saving Club in Port Melbourne, the judges said that his submission had the winning wow factor.

The panel commented: “The visuals were stunning and very professional; the judges were bowled over by the quality. When judging this category, the judges were expecting good graphics, but the sound and editing in Jeremy’s submission, were the cream on the cake.”

Jeremy said that it was great to be recognised and that he couldn’t have done it without the help of his supportive teachers.

“It means a lot to be acknowledged, because its approval from the industry I plan to have a career in. My teachers are extremely supportive and have been a lot of help in getting me to this point.” he explained.

Cameron’s winning entry, which was a design for a family home in Mont Albert, received a heaped amount of praise from the judges; who commented that a lot of attention to detail had gone into his project, and that his work was meticulous in every aspect.

“The judges were unanimous in that Cameron’s submission was a well-considered contemporary design. A high level of understanding is evident in these plans,” they added.

Cameron gave an eloquent speech when accepting his award, at the ceremony held at the Great Hall in the National Gallery of Victoria, where he thanked his family and teachers.

He said: “I’m so grateful for receiving this award. It’s the ultimate feedback after working so hard on my project. As a mature student, returning to study has been really challenging, especially with a young family, but what I have been able to gain from my studies is extremely rewarding.”
Jacqueline Frankel is Cameron’s teacher and worked closely with him throughout his studies. She said: “Cameron approached the course with a great sense of purpose and committed himself to achieving a high standard of work. His success echoes Box Hill Institute’s mission in providing excellent opportunities for applicants to retrain and achieve success in their choice of vocational profession.”

Susan Morris, who teaches both students, was thrilled with the result at the Awards. She commented that she had been entering Box Hill Institute students into the awards for many years and that competition was always stiff. So to see her students take home two out of the four student awards was an amazing success.

Additionally she explained that a further three Box Hill Institute students had progressed to the final stages of awards, each receiving nominations by the judges. Paul Yao was nominated in the Best Response to a Design Brief by a Student category, Brayden Lane for Drafting Excellence by a Student and Nick Gaulke for Best Interior Design by a Student.
She added: “It was fantastic to see the hard work and talent of our students acknowledged and rewarded at the BDAV Awards night. These students and the other award nominees are to be congratulated on their commitment to their studies and their high levels of achievement.”

Jeremy Li, with his award for Best Digital Presentation by a Student
Cameron Shelton, with his Brian Morison Award for Most Promising Student

Jeremy Li – 2015 Building Designers Association of Victoria Awards – Winner of Best Digital Presentation by a Student 2015


Cameron Shelton – 2015 Building Designers Association of Victoria Awards Brian Morison Award for Most Promising Student 2015 

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* Photo credit: Dean Gordon & Associates


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