AGOTYA 2015 Winners announced

04 June 2015
ico-D congratulates the winners of the 2015 AGOTYA Awards, including Award of Excellence and six design Category Awards.

ico-D Endorsed 2015 AGOTYA Awards announce the Award of Excellence and six design Category Awards.  Generous industry support allows the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) to present an award prize pool that includes cash, products, courses, publicity and DIA memberships.


Pru Sanderson, CEO of Design Institute of Australia (DIA)

Upon announcing the winners, the panel of judges remarked on the high level of research and development that went into individual projects, noting that student's works were confident and uplifting in their approach and presentation, and demonstrated a sense of place and purpose, strong design response, and clean, clear concepts.

The judges unanimously awarded Dylan White, University of Canberra, ACT, the overall AGOTYA Award of Excellence, for a project exhibiting exceptional innovation, creativity in response to technical parameters, and a commitment to core values of sustainability. In addition to a cash prize, White will be profiled in Artichoke and Spark Newsletter (DIA).

AGOTYA Award of Excellence Winner

Dylan White, University of Canberra, ACT

AGOTYA Award for Excellence judging panel:
Cassie Hansen MDIA of Architecture Media
Geoff Fitzpatrick LFDIA
Dan Cox of Carr Design Group

Dylan White, University of Canberra, ACT

AGOTYA Category Winners

Interior Design
AGOTYA Winner:
Natarsha Tezcan, University of New South Wales NSW

Judging Panel:
James Harper LFDIA, BrookingHarper
Caecilia Potter FDIA, Atticus & Milo

Jewellery Design
AGOTYA Winner:
Carly Lay, Design Centre Enmore NSW

Judging Panel:
Nicky Hepburn, NorthCity4
Sarah Ross, Studio Ingot


Interior Decoration & Design
AGOTYA Winner:
Emily Robertson, CATC Design School VIC

Judging Panel:
Danielle Trippett MDIA, Danielle Trippett Interior Design & Decoration
Tony Cardamone FDIA, Cardamone Design


Object Design
AGOTYA Winner:
Dylan White, University of Canberra ACT

Judging Panel:
Jon Seddon FDIA, Ideation Design Pty Ltd
Antony Stolfo FDIA



Visual Communication
AGOTYA Winner:
Belinda Rabe, Design College Australia QLD

Judging Panel:
Peter Lambert FDIA, Peter Lambert Design
Richard Henderson FDIA, R-Co (Aust) Pty Ltd

Fashion & Textile Design
AGOTYA Winner:
Kate Williams, Massey University NZ 

Judging Panel:
Ute Ronacher FDIA, Camilion Designs
Christina Turner FDIA


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Official AGOTYA website here.
AGOTYA facebook page here.


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