Australasian Student Design Awards 2010 - designEX Exhibition

22 April 2010
24 April 2010
Melbourne, Australia
The Design Institute of Australia's Australasian Student Design Awards (ASDA) fosters the future of Sustainable Design practice by rewarding the region's best emerging designers. As the foremost student design awards, the ASDA multidisciplinary program attracts an exceptional range, depth and quality of entries.

Call for entries - now closed

The DIA invites Australian and New Zealand tertiary design institutes to nominate their top student design projects that reflect design excellence and adopt innovative Sustainable Design principles.

Now in its fifteenth year, the DIA presents the ASDAs in conjunction with designEX, the region's premier interior architecture and design exhibition, which attracts over 20,000 Australian and International design professionals.


Entry is open to design projects created in second Semester 2009 or first Semester 2010 from entrants aged 18 years or older as at the date of entry who are:
  • Permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand or international students under a Student Visa in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Currently studying, full time equivalent or apprentice tertiary courses at a Certificate III, Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma or Degree level or graduated from any of these courses in Semester 2 2009.


ASDAs categories include:
  1. Space: Interior Design, Interior Decoration, Exhibition & Display Design

  2. Image: Visual Design

  3. Object: Furniture Design, Textile Design, Industrial Design, Jewellery Design, Fashion Design (new for 2010)


The ASDA Judging Panels consist of highly respected experts in each design discipline. Each entry will be assessed on the following equally weighted criteria:


  • Demonstrated understanding and use of sustainable resources
  • Consideration of economic, social and ecological design practices


  • Clear understanding of the parameters of the original brief from tertiary course work
  • Evidence of research, development and resolution of the original brief from tertiary course work


  • Innovative ideas translated from conceptual approach
  • Effective communication of ideas

Space / Function / Materials / Technology (where appropriate)

  • Design intent reflects and is supported by spatial arrangement
  • Demonstrated functional practicality
  • Appropriate and innovative selection of materials
  • Demonstrated understanding, integration and resolution of manufacturing processes

Judging Panel

The members of the 2010 Judging Panel to date include:
  • Geoff Fitzpatrick, FDIA Chairperson, DIA
  • Kate Rhodes, MDIA, Artichoke Magazine
  • Kate St James, FDIA, Universal Magazines
  • Alma Maccallum, LFDIA, Alma Maccallum Design and Decoration Pty Ltd
  • Sandra McEwan, Powerhouse Museum
  • Louise Eastwood, MDIA, Spinifex Graphic Design Pty Ltd
  • Oliver Kratzer, FDIA, Ideal Industrial
  • Philippa Wilkinson, MDIA, PipWilly Textiles
  • Kit Willow Podgornick, Willow
  • Claire Fitzpatrick, Australian Fashion Council


  • Category First Prize: $1 000AU Cash or kind and DIA Student or Graduate Membership ($90-$150 value)
  • Category Second Prize: $500AU Cash or kind and DIA Student or Graduate Membership ($90-$150 value)
  • Category Third Prize: DIA Student or Graduate Membership ($90-$150 value)
  • Overall Winner: Award of Excellence - Prizes to be announced

Exhibition of entries

All entries which pass the pre-selection process will be displayed at the designEX 2010, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Center from 22-24 April 2010.

Announcement of winner

The results will be displayed at the conclusion of the judging process at designEX and on 22 April 2010. All entrants will also be notified of the results by mail within two months after the end of the Awards Programme.

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For more information, please contact:

Caroline Benzie, National Program & Events Officer
Design Institute of Australia
Level 1, 175 Collins Street,
Melbourne, Victoria
T: +61 1300 888 056
F: +61 3 9662 4140
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