Student Look - Diana De Borja

Student Look - Diana De Borja

Diana De Borja talks design approach, her first impression of the BIA and her favourite element of her graduation project. 

Describe your proposal in 3 key words.
Intriguing, bewildering, inspiring

How do you approach your design projects?
After a thoughtful interpretation of the design problem at hand, ideas arise on the direction I feel is best to not only resolve the issues, but improve them. The dialogue between the user and architecture is something I address this first and foremost, envisioning myself and how others would see and be in the spaces I design. In this manner, a lot of my design comes from model making. Both conceptual and scale models, triggering concepts, forms and materiality to be extracted. By having a tangible product, there is so much more the mind can grasp onto. I would have to say that the most exciting part of the project for me is the conceptualisation and manifestation of the research.

First memory / impression of the BIA:
Finally being somewhere I wanted to be, and study what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing, I could not have been more excited to start the bachelor of interior architecture. All the students were bright eyed and were just as passionate as I was. My first memory has to be the drafting of Mies van de Rohe’s Farnsworth House and produce a scale model with my partner. This began my love for modernism and the model making.

What are your favourite element of your graduation project?
For those who know me, I’m quite an energetic person whose mind is at a constant speed of 100km/h. The freedom in the project and opportunities to design was overwhelming in a positive way. I had ideas coming from every direction, day and night. From how to design the entry walkway to the shape of a tile in the food precinct, and the species of a plant in the hallway. At some point I had put pen to paper and see the project slowly come to life. Sketches upon sketches, rolls of trace upon rolls, and 24 artline pens later, the overflow of ideas became what I am proud to call my graduation project, White Bay Botanica.

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