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ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (Cat. no. 6306.0, May 2014,
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Creativity and construction
Currently completing the final year of an Advanced Diploma in Building Design and Architecture at Victoria University, Loanne Tran is already working for a designer, drafting commercial and residential buildings. As a fully qualified building designer, she will be able to do much the same design work as an architect, but on a more limited scale.
She says her work has two distinct stages.
“The first is more creative; it’s about getting the design right to gain the client’s approval. After meeting the client, my employer gives me his drafting designs and I combine them on computer and make it look polished so he can present it to the client.
“The second stage is planning and construction and that’s when reality hits – you’re giving your drawings to the builder to build your project. From this point on it’s all about construction; you really have to know how things connect together.”
Loanne says the biggest challenge of her work has been earning respect in a still male-dominated industry.
“To be a female in the trade industry is really challenging, because tradies will often underestimate your abilities – but you just have to prove that you know all the structural work and Australian regulations needed in the job.”
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