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Top Designs exhibitor wins Victorian Premier's Design Awards

a young woman smiling and holding a certificate and a man standing next to her both are in front of a creative victoria signCelebrating Victoria's best and brightest designers, the 2019 Victorian Premier's Design Award winners were announced on Wednesday 20 November at a ceremony at MPavilion. The annual awards recognise Victorian design innovation spanning a range of categories, including architecture, communications, strategy, fashion, product, service and student. Administrated by Good Design Australia and Creative Victoria on behalf of the Premier of Victoria, the prestigious awards provide an opportunity for Victorians to better understand the role of design in making products and services more functional, safe, efficient and attractive. Each year the design industry generates over $5 billion dollars for the state economy and these awards raise awareness of the role that design plays in shaping a better environment.

Taking home the top prize in the VCE Student Design category was Clare Olding from St Michael's Grammar School. Clare was an exhibitor at this year's Top Designs for her creation of inclusive classroom furniture for primary school children with learning difficulties. Her innovative product considers movement, boundaries and ergonomics, and incorporates design elements and principles in an adaptable and modular arrangement. Clare is passionate about the importance of education and would like to make primary schools a more comfortable and inclusive learning environment.

'I would like to dedicate this award to my little brother, Clare said. 'Seeing him based in a classroom that wasn't necessarily designed for his needs inspired my design.' Clare is delighted with her achievement in the Victorian Premier's Design Awards. 'It is a bit surreal at the moment but I am really grateful for this award. These awards are a fantastic opportunity to meet other people in the industry,' she said.

Clare extended a huge thank you to Nicole Arnold, the Vice Principal of her client Yarraville West Primary School, for working closely with her throughout the whole process. 'Nicole had the most amazing insights, from the research stage to visualisation to development,' Clare said. She also acknowledged the incredible support she received from her VCE teachers Stuart Whitehouse and Rod Otto and is looking forward to continuing her education in design next year at Swinburne University of Technology.

All category winners were considered for the 2019 Victorian Design of the Year. The award was presented to Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design with TCL for designing the Parliament of Victoria Member's Annexe. This contemporary freestanding annexe building has been built in the eastern gardens to provide space for 102 members of parliament.

The VCAA congratulates Clare and all winners on their outstanding achievements.