HSC student Daniel Lia, from Holy Cross College has been awarded the University of New South Wales Built Environment Award for Sustainability in Design at this year’s 2010 DesignTECH exhibition.

Daniel's design, The Instantly Deployable Shelter was one of 307 HSC Design and Technology projects nominated for DesignTECH, and one of 23 selected for exhibition. Motivated by the lack of adequate shelter for victims of the devastating Haiti earthquake of 2010, Daniel designed immediate relief housing using durable and lightweight materials, providing a light, portable and robust structure.

UNSW Built Environment focuses on the design, construction and management of a valued and sustainable world. Our students consider the environment from a global perspective whilst delivering practical applications and solutions. They are encouraged to think creatively and work professionally.

The UNSW Built Environment Award for Sustainability in Design is given to the student and project that best identifies the need for sustainability in design and incorporates key elements throughout the design process.

We congratulate Daniel on his success, and wish him all the best for the future.

The DesignTECH exhibition is available for public viewing at the Powerhouse Museum until 1 May 2011.