Newtown graduate, Jose Serrao's passion for architecture proved to be a bonus at the annual UTS: Design, Architecture and Building Prize Giving Ceremony.
The University of Technology, Sydney, architecture graduate received two prizes; the RAIA Crone Partners Graduate Prize and the RAIA (NSW Chapter) Award for History and Theory.
Gaining recognition for his work made all the sacrifices Jose made worthwhile he said.
"It's a very satisfying feeling and has given me a sense of accomplishment. My main goal was first class honours, which I achieved. The prizes are a fantastic bonus,” Jose said.
Jose's love for art and graphic design convinced him interior design was his best career option. However his exposure to architecture lead him to change career paths.
"Architecture is a unique profession, one that encompasses a range of disciplines such as design, construction, contract administration and an acute business sense.
"The opportunity to gain practical experience with industry while studying at UTS was crucial in me becoming an architect. It set all theory learnt into context," Jose said.
The Bachelor of Architecture is specifically focused, professional degree that equips students for architecture practice. In 2008, this course will be offered as a Master of Architecture.
The Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building has an international reputation for its innovation in design, sustainability and urban environments. Its graduates are passionate professionals who design, produce, manage and value the products, places and spaces of contemporary cities.
To view images from the Prize Giving Ceremony please click here.