For Chinese migrant Bin He, establishing a career as an architect here in Australia wasn’t always easy. But determination and the right training set him on the road to success, with Bin awarded the Brian Morison Award for Most Promising Student at the annual Building Design Association Victoria (BDAV) Building Design Awards.


“I did some drafting in China and had basic skills, but was unable to find a design job here in Australia without a formal qualification. I worked as a chef for a while, before deciding that I needed a new challenge. To prepare, I spent half a year teaching myself to use the design software, and then enrolled in the Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) at Bendigo TAFE,” said Bin.


The father of two said that the supportive, flexible nature of the course provided him with a smooth transition back into studies.


“My return to full-time study was a big thing for my family. But I knew I had to act quickly to follow my dreams before it was too late. My teachers – Brian, Sonia and Paul – have been very helpful and supportive. Classes are also very flexible with a lot of content available online – this is great for people like me who are juggling study and family commitments,” he said.


Bin hopes to work in an architecture company after he graduates and has already secured casual work opportunities with architecture studios in Bendigo and Kyneton to build up contacts and experience in the industry. To Bin, his latest BDAV achievement will take him one step closer to his career dreams.


“It’s a great thing to have on my resumé when I look for work in this industry. On the night itself I was approached by several companies who were interested in my future plans. It was a great opportunity to meet and network with industry.”

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