UNSW Built Environment: Scholars Program

3 06 2011

A new initiative called the Built Environment Scholars Program has been created to acknowledge the faculty’s highest achieving students.

The Built Environment Undergraduate Scholars Program is comprised of a group of 20 students who are identified as the BE’s top performing students based solely on their annual academic performance.

For a one year period the BE Scholars will receive recognition from their peers, the faculty and industry professionals. The benefits given to these talented and driven students include a $500 scholarship and vouchers to the UNSW book shop, mentoring and support, special invitations to BE events, a certificate of achievement and more.

The 2010 BE Scholars were formally congratulated at a morning tea on 18 May where they were presented with a certificate of recognition, their $500 scholarship and a $100 voucher for the UNWS bookstore.

We would like to extend our congratulations to all the BE Scholars for 2010.

BIA – Catherine Allington, Tara Christina Gunasekera, Yoshimi Iwaya

B Arch Studies – Mathew O’Brian, Pouwel Frederik Wind, Yun Fu, Cissy Miao Kang, Sean Thien Tran

B Arch Comp – Chor Yan Lau

BCMP – Thomas David Bitmead, Shane Christopher Bleyer, Shane Saba Rouhani, Gary Yaghlejian

B Plan – Ellie-Mae Simpson, Rachelle Ariane Newman, Katherine Louise Tudehope

B Land Arch – Jason Kenneth Cuffe, James Hargrave

B Ind Des – Aryetta Pazpinis, Jason Jian Hao Khiang

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UNSW Built Evironment: Nissan Australia Industrial Design Scholarship

18 01 2011

Nissan has recently donated a $5000 annual scholarship to be awarded to a UNSW Bachelor of Industrial Design student.  

The UNSW Foundation spoke to Jeffrey Fisher, Head of Corporate Communications at Nissan in a recent interview on why Nissan chose to provide financial support to the UNSW Built Environment –

Jeffrey Fisher, Head of Corporate Communications at Nissan

 Article Source: Giving to University of New South Wales, 2008-2010

Writers: Anabel Dean and Theodora Thunder

Nissan’s involvement in the education sector has helped to secure the future for tomorrow’s young designers by providing financial support through The Nissan Australia Industrial Design Scholarship at UNSW.

The scholarship (valued at $5000 annually) is intended to encourage exceptional students to undertake undergraduate coursework in a Bachelor of Industrial Design at the Faculty of the Built Environment.

“Built Environment focuses on the design, construction and management of a valued and sustainable world,” explains Professor Alec Tzannes Dean, Faculty of the Built Environment. “Partnerships with industry are critical for the Faculty’s continued success in the increasingly important role of our graduates in industrial design and the advancement of the built environment professions.”

Nissan’s investment in the next generation of industrial designers in integral to its plan for global growth and the company makes no bones about its objective to entice the most capable design students to a career in the automotive industry.

“Good design is one of our pillars and it’s an area of expertise for which we are world-renowned,” clarifies Jeffrey Fisher, head of Corporate Communications at Nissan. “It’s an important part of how we differentiate ourselves from our competitors.”

Nissan identified three universities – UNSW, Monash and Queensland – in its quest to identify promising design students with an orientation towards the motor industry. “Ultimately, we liked the look of the Faculty of the Built Environment at UNSW and we knew that our largesse would be well managed.”

The inaugural winner of Nissan’s scholarship in 2008, Hollie Baigent, has “proved to be a very worthy recipient”. Although Hollie’s future is not yet determined, automotive design is an attractive prospect for budding design students, many of whom end up working for major automotive corporations in key areas. There is still the frontier of electric vehicle development to be fully explored.

Nissan is considering other ways to express its partnership with UNSW. Jeffrey hopes that it may be possible in the future, to arrange study time at one of its eight international design studios for hands-on practical experience in a global setting.

A good corporate citizen recognises the need to be socially responsible and Professor Tzannes appreciates Nissan’s commitment to the faculty’s Industrial Design students and future alumni.

Please visit our website for more information on scholarships and awards offered by the Built Environment.





UNSW Built Environment: e4: Explore, Expand, Explain, Excite – Industrial Design Graduation Exhibition

12 11 2009

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UNSW Built Environment Industrial Design: Sascha Dal Santo

12 10 2009

This semester has really taught me how important it is to balance your time productively between process, production and most importantly the presentation of design. We are currently learning the software programs Rhino and Photoshop to explore the visual language of our products. It is time consuming and fiddly with so many different tools, however the final result is often mind blowing, rewarding, slick and exciting. This fast paced design rendering is a steep learning curve but has taught me a lot about how to apply different finishes i.e. metal chrome or a matt finish and make a 2D sketch ‘come to life’ in my designs.

Photoshop Rendered Camera

Photoshop Rendered Camera

As a result, expectations have increased. For our last studio project brief we had to design a product for 5 years into the future for a particular clientele. This involved concept development, a design process of scenario planning, market research and researching new and current trends to realise ideas. Initiated by my interest in wearable electronics I designed a flexible display screen as well as a blackberry/Ipod rechargeable docking server that seamlessly attaches to a larger handbag as part of the overall bag design. Detachable; the client could take the bag to meetings or use on the plane. At the end of the day the client had the option to leave this flap behind and carry the handbag onto evening activates after work. From this project I also learnt that designing objects and working with textiles can be quite difficult….

Photoshop Rendered Hairdryer

Photoshop Rendered Hairdryer

At the moment we are designing a product that will enrich the dining/eating experience and ritual of a chosen culture. I’m in the development process of designing a product for the great Aussie BBQ; specifically honing in on the B.Y.O side of the ritual for al fresco dinning. In our Useability design research project we designed an interface self-service outlet focusing on the following key elements:

  • Spatial such as sight lines and human reach and seating comfort.
  • Visual communication such as text, graphics, and audio to communicate information to the user

The project involved a design methodology and research approach, with comparative usability testing of interface designs with different users to understand their haptic senses and the way their eyes move across the screen. Pleasure-ability as well as functionality was fundamental in my “personalise your fragrance’ outlet to be located in beauty shops.

Text analysis diagram for 'Personalise your Frangrance' Outlet for beauty stores

Text analysis diagram for 'Personalise your Fragrance' Outlet for beauty stores





UNSW Built Environment Industrial Design: Melody Shiue

12 06 2009

Hi again, I thought I’d update you all on life this semester.
Despite the fact I’m not officially doing any 4th year core courses, I seem to be as busy as ever!
I have spent most of my spare time working on my Thesis research with my friend Ben (Mechatronic Engineer) and so far it’s been a lot of fun. Apart from this, I have found myself in the 2009 Scholarship Fundraiser Team which is providing great experience in communicating and negotiating with others – hopefully a valuable skill for later on in my career.
I have also re-done my math subject which I managed to fail horribly in my first semester. This was over 3 years ago, so remembering my yr 12 maths is proving difficult. Anybody who does choose to do Industrial Design (or any course for that matter) MAKE SURE you allocate enough time to maths first time round even though it might seem completely useless in relationship to your degree. You don’t want to have to re-do a subject like maths and there’s just no way around it!
On a brighter note, I have just completed a practical group project that looked at the ergonomic cockpit layout of the 2009 UNSW Redback Formula SAE racing car. We got to work closely with the Mechanical Engineering students involved with this 600cc open wheel custom built racer, which was very fun – check it out here


Finally, I thought I’d talk about the General Education subject I have been doing this semester. “GenEds” are a great part of uni that are usually undertaken after 2nd year; they allow us to choose from a huge range of subjects that aim to broaden our knowledge outside of our chosen degree. The one I chose this semester was called COFA0215: Society Through the Lens,  and was completed entirely online. I learnt how to take meaningful photographs of everyday things, but in a way that could provide good research based information – I have been able to apply these skills to improve my Thesis.
Whilst university life is busy, it’s a good kind of busy.





UNSW Built Environment Industrial Design: UNSW Nissan Industrial Design Scholarship recipient, Hollie Baigent

4 05 2009

Hi there, my name is Hollie and I am in my second year studying Industrial Design. I’m currently designing a chicken coop for urban gardens and backyards. The coop is to be mass-produced and retailed as a flat pack. I am not only learning about design and materials, but also chickens and urban perm culture.

Two years into the course and I have already learnt so much about the principles of design, engineer software programs such as AutoCAD as well as Adobe Illustrator, product design drawing, material experimentation, ergonomics and using machinery in the Industrial Design workshop hub called the Squarehouse Design Lab.

The UNSW Bachelor of Industrial Design course expects you to think and design innovatively to improve design solutions for people and the environment in any product field. But most importantly I think this course is about passion. It’s a lot of work and long nights but at the end of the day, you have to love what you do and do your very best.

Soon I hope to learn more about material technology and how this can be manipulated for product solutions. But on an exciting note, I can’t wait to travel on exchange to experience design education at an international level. I am thinking of going to Italy, Sweden or Japan.

I studied Design and Technology throughout high school and enjoyed exploring my interests in design, materials, and creating things. All this came to fruition in my year 12 major design project, Pudzzle, which was exhibited in the 2007 NSW ‘DesignTECH’ exhibition in the Powerhouse Museum.

Puddzle is an ottoman that transforms into an armchair with adjustable legs and armrests. Concept design, development sketches, discovering inspiration, making endless prototypes, seeking out manufacturers and talking to a wide range of designers about the project – are aspects of the design process that made my year 12 challenges personally worthwhile and insightful.

On reflection, what I really took away from this project was an appreciation of my ability to create a beautiful product capable of manufacture for any home or person around the world. To see my ideas change and transform from sketches and randomly assorted materials to a real material product – this is what really captivated me to want to learn and become a product designer.

My success in this project, as well as other academic and extracurricular activities, helped me to be selected for the first UNSW Nissan Industrial Design Scholarship, the only one in NSW.

This scholarship offers me greater flexibility for course studies and paid work, covering HECS, material and software costs. But more importantly, it offers young designers the opportunity to build student relationships with one of the top leading car companies in the world.

So far the most exciting part of the scholarship was attending the 2008 NSW MotorShow as part of the Nissan Press Release and their concept car ‘Mixim’. I was able to talk to Nissan design directors and see the latest cars on the market.

Here are some of my most recent studio works – a specialised BBQ utensil for a client, an organic shaped plate and cutlery dish rack made of plywood and a Patterns drawing inspired by Escher.





UNSW Built Environment Architectural Studies: Angus Hardwick

20 04 2009

G’day, I’m Angus, one of the 160-odd students enrolled in UNSW’s Bachelor of Architectural Studies and one of two Co-op Scholars in my year. Whilst I cannot speak to you with the knowledge of two or three years (or even one year) of Architectural studies background I can tell you about what it’s been like in my first five weeks or so. For starters I am doing four subjects each semester or the equivalent of 24 ‘credit points’. In first semester these are: Design Studio 1, History and Theory 1, Enabling Skills & Environment. I do a design studio each semester of the degree too. I have found that this is a pivotal class as it acts as a melting pot for all my ideas the some of the knowledge I will learn in your other subjects. Already in four weeks we’ve been drawing and designing artists’ studios and textures, and using computers to model our ideas. These are some photos of the computer model I produced in three or four weeks:

Sure university is daunting but in the subject ‘Enabling Skills’ I am learning some basic tools like drawing, referencing and communicating ideas through computer programs such as Photoshop & InDesign. Whilst this may appear boring we’ve been focusing on the Sydney Opera House and had fantastic lectures from people like Eoghan Lewis & Professor Richard Johnson MBE. They have been able to pass onto us fascinating information about the building, its principles and its future. I know look at the structure in a completely new manner.

I mentioned earlier that I was a Co-op scholar. I would encourage you all to apply for this fantastic scholarship.  What this scholarship means is that throughout my bachelor’s degree I will be given the opportunity, in one 10-week placement and two 24-week placements, to apply my knowledge in architecture in the workforce. Specifically I will be working as part of the team for the architectural firm Hassell and the construction company Brookfield Multiplex. These two companies are leaders in their respective fields and in giving scholars this opportunity allow us, and hopefully you as a future scholar, to improve your studies and prepare your mind and architectural skills for the workplace. On top of that we get $15 000 a year tax free, no strings attached. It’s not like a cadetship where you are bound to the company afterwards although 100% of Co-op scholar leavers in 2008 got offered job positions. So again go to the co-op website and apply.  Your career as an architect will be better for it.

Finally I will leave you with this observation. Already in 5 weeks of first year I have had one week where I got 14hrs sleep. I don’t think I’m an unorganized person so a warning: Architecture has a massive work load so be prepared. However what you may find even weirder is that I really enjoyed that week of sleep deprivation. All in all you’re going to love the course!