Awarded the state prize for the Design Institute of Australia’s (DIA) 2022 Australian Interior Design Graduate of the Year (Vic/Tas), Alecia Mostert shares her winning project schemes and talks transitioning from a student to an interior design professional.
The Graduate of the Year Awards (Gotya) is DIA’s flagship program for emerging designers and was created to support and celebrate exceptional Australian designers as they embark on their careers. Narrowed down from over 200 submissions, Alecia, who studied at Collarts (Australian College of the Arts), captured the judges’ attention with her thoughtful and comprehensive projects schemes.
Congratulations on winning Interior Design Graduate of the Year in Victoria and Tasmania – how do you feel?
Thank you! It’s still sinking in, but I’m feeling honoured and proud to have my work recognised on this platform created by the Design Institute of Australia for young designers.
Can you give us some insight to your design thinking that underpinned your graduate projects?
I have always believed in a holistic and collaborative design approach, which stems from my background in architecture. My design thinking is centred around the human experience, with consideration towards social and environmental aspects, as well as incorporating local products and designer’s work.
Now working as an interior designer Carr, what lessons from university do you carry with you?
My time at university taught me how to communicate my ideas in multiple ways – written, verbal and visual. My software skills were also invaluable moving into professional practice.
What’s been a primary lesson you’ve learnt since leaving university and starting work professionally?
Since working at Carr, I have been exposed to the various stages/stakeholders within a project and come to the realisation that good communication and networking is an important part of my career development.
What advice would you give other young designers at studying or transitioning from university?
I would advise young designers to take any opportunity to get more experience and exposure within the industry and to start networking as early as possible!
As a state winner, Alecia is in the running for the national award, which will be announced at the Designers Australia Awards around the country on Wednesday 3 August. We wish Alecia the best of luck.
Read Five Minutes with Lauren Kay who reflects on her first six months at Carr as an interior designer.