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Awards recognise the industry’s young stars

THE pick of the property industry’s rising stars will receive recognition for all their hard work and achievements at the 2003 Future Directions Young Achiever Awards to be launched next month.

The awards were established to recognise and reward the contribution to the industry of young Western Australian property professionals, and will be launched at the Future Directions event on August 6 at the Rydges CBD Hotel.

Eligible professionals include architects, engineers, development managers, project managers, research analysts, property managers, shopping centre managers, shopping centre marketing managers, property lawyers, property financiers, agents and valuers.

The winner receives a trophy, $1000 cash and a registration to the Property Council National Congress, to be held in September 2004. 

The awards are open to anyone aged under 30, as opposed to 35 last year, and directly involved in the WA property industry. 

A Property Council spokes-person said the lowered age criteria was to encourage entry by young entrants who may not yet have achieved ownership or directorship, and to assist younger entrants achieve their goals if they should win.

Last year’s Future Directions Young Achiever Award was won by Barry Baltinas, managing director of Vision Architects Pty Ltd, Dawntree Australia Pty Ltd and 3D Firm.com.

Mr Baltinas said the award helped him establish his credentials as an architects and developer in the Perth market.

“I have to give a lot of credit to the Property Council for encouraging young people with the Future Directions award,” he said.

Mr Baltinas ventured into the property industry at a young age, designing his first house at the age of 20 and his first development at the age of 23. 

In 1997 he established Vision Architects and has been involved in the design and documentation of more than 220 apartments throughout Perth.

Within his architectural firm he set up 3D Firm.com, a small business that specialises in 3D simulation of building projects.

Mr Baltinas said this technology was useful when presenting development designs.

“Giving people a 3D image of a building is so much more effective than a 2D image on paper,” he told WA Business News.

His third business is Dawntree Australia, a boutique property development company that is also involved in project management.

Mr Baltinas said the Perth property industry was growing in leaps and bounds and in comparison to many other cities in the world Perth had great potential.

“There are some great architects and developers in Perth and the attention to detail is getting better, which is a real challenge to achieve,” he said.

Entries close on Friday September 12 2003 and nomination kits are available from the Property Council office.

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