A trip like no other brings rewards for Gouniaei


Moved to Australia to flee religious persecution in his home country of Iran, Arman Gouniaei has made quite a rise, becoming an award-winning business owner in just three years.

A member of the Baha’i community oppressed by the Muslim clergy for generations, Gouniaei was refused admission to university while in Iran. Choosing to study an architecture degree at a private college, Gouniaei earned his stripes by designing a number of commercial and residential projects as a refugee in Turkey.

Landing in Australia in 2018, Gouniaei undertook two degrees at TAFE in New South Wales. The aspiring business owner graduated in building design in Granville and then eventually embarked on a graduate degree course in building design that saw him start his business, Art DecoLine.

“Studying at TAFE NSW and getting official degrees in Australia was not the end of my educational journey, but the start I wish I had thirteen years ago in Iran,” Gouniaei said.

“The Building Design Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma provided me with the practical skills and confidence to start my own business, providing me with knowledge of Australian standards and the development application process.

“Since graduation I have been able to start my own successful business in Australia and currently have contracts to design and manage construction for commercial and residential projects including a stone showroom and marble in Zetland. “

Two projects undertaken by Gouniaei won awards, with work completed at ArtDecoline Apartment and Violin House winning Gouniaei’s practice gongs at the Building Designers Association of Australia Sydney Regional Design Awards. Violin House also received silver at the 2021 Sydney DrivenxDesign Awards.

TAFE NSW Senior Professor of Architectural Technology Fadi Fadhil says Gouniaei is the living embodiment of a successful TAFE student who made the most of his opportunity to learn and translate these skills into the workforce. ‘work.

“Mr. Gouniaei was a passionate, industrious and skillful student, and his success is a commendation of the quality of education and training provided by TAFE NSW,” he said.

“Our building design qualifications allow students to develop a portfolio of professional work, learning how to produce 3D render model animations and industry standard documentation that supports customer requirements. “

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