Building designer wins top accolade
CASUARINA building designer Michael Schafer had a surprise win at the recent Building Designers Association of New South Wales awards.
The Schafer Design director entered two buildings in this year's state design awards.
“I was happy with the design and expected to be competitive, but was not sure if I would win,” Mr Schafer said.
Mr Schafer said he was delighted with the awards and to see how he ranked among his industry peers.
Working in the industry for more than 25 years, Mr Schafer entered in the New South Wales design awards for the first time last year and received a judges' recommendation for his house entry.
Mr Schafer moved to Casuarina from the Gold Coast five years ago, and prior to the move entered the Gold Coast regional awards and regularly won accolades for his work.
Director of Leisure Brothers management group Adam Leach, the owner and devel- oper of this year's winning property at Kirra, said he was recommended Mr Schafer when he bought the land.
“It is tremendous recognition for Michael's design work and it was great to work with him,” Mr Leach said.
The Building Designers Association of New South Wales announced the awards at Coffs Harbour last Saturday.
The award-winning building had three units, all with three bedrooms, and won in the category for a low-density multi-residential building with up to six dwellings.
The second entry was a fin- alist in the category for a house of 250 to 350 square metres.
The Building Designers Association New South Wales competition has been running since 1993.