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Architectural technology

Like architects, building designers design beautiful, functional buildings where people live, work and play. Graduates of FedUni's Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) are in demand by architectural firms, building design practices and building contractors. You can develop the skills to design and develop working drawings and documentation for all components in the construction of residential, commercial and industrial buildings.

The technical and design skills of building designers are in great demand by architectural and building design practices, and you may establish your own building design practice, once registered with the Practitioners Registration Board. This program may also be integrated with studies in building surveying.

  • Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) (22268VIC)

    Recent award winners

    Building Design Student Award a Student Grant.

    Congratulation Joanne Neil-White

    Building Designers Association of Victoria annual dinner and awards night held in the Great Hall at the National Gallery of Victoria, awarded Federation University student Joanne Neil-White a student grant of five hundred dollars towards her studies in the Advanced Diploma of Building Design – Architectural. Joanne is able to use this grant towards equipment and resources.

    For a student to be awarded a student grant by the association, they must put forward a small business plan of how they propose to use a grant to further their studies.

    This is the first student of Federation University to be awarded a student grant by this peak industry organisation.

    Federation University Teacher Recognised

    Congratulations Ron Pickford

    Building Designers Association of Victoria annual dinner and twenty first annual Building Design Awards night held in the Great Hall at the National Gallery of Victoria announced the introduction of a special recognition and award. This special award was introduced to the Building Design Industry of Victoria for the first time, and to be known as the Ronald Pickford Award for Professional Excellence.

    The Building Designers Association of Victoria has raised this annual award in Ron Pickford’s name, honouring his contribution to the association, the building design industry, his professional excellence, leadership and his dedication to teaching at Federation University. Ron is one of the initial charter members of the association, serving two consecutive years as the State President, and providing guidance to the association in over more than thirty years as a member.

    Ron is a life member of the association, and this award raised in his name will be presented each year during the celebration of the annual Building Design Awards for industry best projects of excellence in design. Ron presented the award to Michael Mettes for his professional excellence in developing the association’s Design Industry Practice Notes, now used extensively throughout by Victorian professional designers.

    Congratulations Daniel Thompson

    The small home BIG LIFE competition has been won by Daniel Thomson, a second year Advanced Diploma of Building Design – Architectural student.

    This significant design award was presented last Friday at the Victorian Home Show in Melbourne where Daniel's submission was on display.

    Daniel's award was presented to him by Peter Maddison, facilitator of Australian Grand Designs, who spoke highly of Daniel's design and presentation techniques.

    Daniel's design approach for a small house was innovative, functional, energy efficient and buildable. This method requires high level of skill, knowledge and careful attention to how occupants are likely to live, move through and use their small home.

    Daniel also gave consideration to how the small space will be furnished, where belongings will be stored, how guests will be accommodated and, most importantly, how a smaller-than-normal space can be made to feel inviting rather than confining. He met the challenge to show how a big life is possible in a small home.

    Master Builders Awards - Student of the Year

    Congratulations Tracy Howard

    Graduate Ms Tracy Howard was presented with a major award and recognition as Student of the Year at the Master Builders Awards event at the Melbourne Park Function Centre on Friday evening.

    Tracy, a student of Architectural Technologies and Building Design, graduates this month with the Advanced Diploma of Building Design- Architectural. Throughout her period of study she has received the Mica Smith Medal, Ballarat Master Builders regional award for best student, and now the award as Student of the Year, an accomplishment and recognition of her depth of talent.

    Having recently completed her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, this major award is a significant measure of Tracy's accomplishments that has built a strong foundation for her career in teaching and a future leader in the Building Industry as a registered practitioner.

    See the Master Builders Association news.