Swinburne’s University of Technology graduate Anna Pogorelova took the top design award at this year’s Design Institute of Australia (DIA) Graduate of the Year Awards for Victoria and Tasmania (GOTYAVICTAS).
Also named as the Interior Design Graduate of the Year, Ms Pogorelova, who made the trip from Singapore for the awards ceremony, said that she was thrilled to receive the award.
“I actually couldn’t believe it! I was so happy. It felt as though the last four years of long hours and hard work had paid off,” Pogorelova said.
As part of wining the Victoria Tasmanian Overall Graduate of the Year 2013, Pogorelava received 12 months interior design mentoring and $500.
Victoria and Tasmania’s top design graduates were joined by industry leaders, educators and sponsors’ representatives for the awards ceremony held at INLITE’s designer showroom, Melbourne.
In its 6th year, the awards encompass a number of design disciplines including Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Furniture Design, Jewellery Design, Textile & Fashion Design, Interior Design and Interior Design & Decoration.
Anna Pogorelova was the 2013 Graduate of the Year. Image: DIA
A panel of judges from each discipline assess anonymous portfolios from nine participating Victorian and Tasmanian Tertiary Institutes who all nominated their most talented 2013 graduates.
Academy of Design Australia
Box Hill Institute
Grenadi School of Design
NMIT - Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE
RMIT University, Swinburne University of Technology The Gordon and University of Tasmania
Each portfolio is evaluated on apparent design solutions, transferrable workplace skills and the graduates’ predicted impact on the Australian design industry. Up to four finalists are then selected from each category for interview by the same panel of judges.
Dominic Russo, DIA Victoria Tasmania President said “The Design Institute of Australia is proud to have established GOTYA which each year attracts entries from a high calibre of graduates across the design disciplines.”
Each Category GOTYA recipients will be automatically entered into the DIA Australasian Graduate of the Year Awards to be announced in Sydney at designEx in May 2014.Interior Design
The Winners and Runners Up for the 2013 Graduate of the Year Awards, Victoria and Tasmania. Image: Courtesy DIA
The 2013 DIA GOTYAVICTAS were:
Graduate of the Year Anna Pogorelova, Swinburne University of Technology
Runner Up Harriet Collins, Monash University
Interior Design & Decoration
Graduate of the Year Hoda Afra, RMIT University
Runner Up Lynette Lohrey, Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE
Graduate of the Year Andrew Godin, Monash University
Runner Up Richard Benson, RMIT University
Graduate of the Year Matthew Pearson, University of Tasmania
Runner Up Ed Turner, RMIT University
Graduate of the Year Bethwyn Mell, RMIT University
Runner Up Jeremy Bryant, Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE
Graduate of the Year James Silvestro, Swinburne University of Technology
Runner Up Will McKenzie, Swinburne University of Technology
Fashion & Textile Design
Graduate of the Year Michelle Catling, Academy of Design Australia
Runner Up Rachel McGuigan, RMIT University