UniSA dominates design institute awards

The Design Institute of Australia (DIA) has announced its 2016 SA/NT Graduate of the Year Awards (GOTYA) with a clean sweep of UniSA recipients.

Graduates, students, DIA members, design professionals, educators and industry representatives attended the awards ceremony in Adelaide in late April where UniSA’s Industrial Design graduate Xing Zhou was announced as the overall state winner.

DIA GOTYA SA/NT award winners (back L-R) Luca Dichiera, Claudia Fernandez-Villasante, Henry Stentiford, Laura Searson and (front) Xing Zhou.DIA GOTYA SA/NT award winners (back L-R) Luca Dichiera, Claudia Fernandez-Villasante, Henry Stentiford, Laura Searson and (front) Xing Zhou.

The judges said Xing’s submission “demonstrated her ability to bring inspiration from personal experiences into her design” and “it is exciting to watch such a talent begin her professional journey and to continue to produce amazing work.”

Each of the SA/NT GOTYA category winners are now in the running for the national awards to be presented later this year.

The 2016 SA/NT GOTYA category winners were:

  • Industrial Design – Xing Zhou, UniSA

  • Graphic Design (equal winners) – Henry Stentiford, UniSA and Claudia Fernandez-Villasante, UniSA

Category commendations were awarded to:

  • Interior Design – Laura Searson, UniSA

  • Industrial Design – Luca Dichiera, UniSA

Each year the Design Institute of Australia provides the highest-level final year undergraduate design students, or recent graduates, the opportunity to be recognised and celebrated through its prestigious portfolio-based awards program.

Educators in each state are invited to nominate their top design students to their state level GOTYA program, with each student submitting three different studio projects prior to attending an interview with judges.