The future of the Australian built environment always has reigned as a chief mission and concern of the Building Designers Association of Australia. This is why the BDAA takes pride in its involvement in a very special project centred around the education of tomorrow’s building designers.

Representatives of BDAA membership and the BDAA Advocacy group, along with BDAQ members, recently participated in an online Focus Group discussion with representatives of TAFE Queensland; one intended to aid in formulating and directing the content of TAFE’s upcoming Building Design Training Package.

Scheduled to be delivered to Students next year, the revised package is being prepared with the consultation of BDAA membership and Advocacy divisions; with the course content & electives to be included in the Certificate IV of Residential Drafting course of study along with the course content and electives to be included in both the Diploma of Building Design and the Advanced Diploma.

It is imperative and refreshing to see leading Building Designer Associations play a pivotal role in the development of education programs for our future Building Designers.

BDAA members who participated in this process were Chris Cooper, Brenden Creed and Sarah Greinke from the BDAA Brisbane Chapter, Cameron Lincoln and Brad Read from the BDAA Sunshine Coast Chapter, Dale Barnes, Michael Tomlinson, Crystal Callendar, Stuart Osman and Tony Hague from the BDAA Gold Coast Chapter and Richard Lutze from the Tweed Richmond Clarence Chapter, along with many representatives of BDAQ.

Dale Barnes recently relocated to Canberra to accept a position in the ABCB, thus completing a good cross section of BDAA members reviewing and advising the creation of the package from a variety of perspectives.

This marks a pivotal continuation of BDAA’s partnership with TAFE, which last year also included a round of TAFE presentations where BDAA members & Advocates met with and provided presentations to Students who had graduated with high accolades. Gold Coast Chapter Chairperson Dale Barnes & BDAA National Advocacy Chairperson Brenden Creed both presented awards to these students.

Ultimately, the guidance and tutelage of these industry winners will be these students’ greatest reward.