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'Functional, sophisticated and complex': TAFE NSW student wins best residential design


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A Forestville man’s plan to forge a career in architecture has been given a major boost after winning the student design/residential category of the Building Designers Association of Australia (BDAA) Sydney Regional Chapter Design Awards 2020. 

Andrew Seller was honoured for his complex drawings and well-presented design of a multi-level, large-scale luxury multi-unit structure with lush tropical accents.

Andrew, who is studying a Diploma of Building Design at TAFE NSW Ultimo, said the project was nine months in the making. 

“I’m ecstatic about the award,” he said. 

“It took a while to sink that I had won, after working on it for so long it’s a great feeling to know it was all worth it in the end.” 

The 2020 Sydney Regional Design Awards are an exclusive showcase of the finest residential and commercial designs gracing the Sydney built environment; those conceptualised and designed by BDAA members. This year’s awards ceremony was celebrated as a virtual event hosted over Zoom. 

Frank Geskus, National President of the BDAA congratulated Andrew on his achievement. 

“Well done to Andrew for producing a functional, sophisticated and complex design deemed worthy of construction,” Mr Geskus said. 

“The BDAA is proud to count these talented designers—and, for that matter, their exemplary designs—as credits to our association.”

TAFE NSW Architecture Teacher Mark Hopkins commended Andrew for setting a benchmark in his chosen area of study and helping inspire other students to follow suit.

“Andrew is a passionate, industrious and skillful student, and this result is a glowing endorsement of the quality of education and training provided by TAFE NSW,” Mr Hopkins said.

“I have no doubt Andrew will go on to forge a highly successful career in the industry.”

Two other TAFE NSW students earned commendations in the 2020 Sydney Regional Design Awards; Tasneem Jamnagarwala and Arman Gouniaei who studied the Diploma of Building Design at TAFE NSW Granville.  

To learn more about Building Design courses on offer at TAFE NSW, visit or call 131 601.   

Media contact: Kellie Dillon, TAFE NSW Media Officer, 0408 006 866,