iscd alumni’s award winning design studio

Posted by rachel on June 30

Following our recent Connect event in Sydney, we caught up with the lovely Tameka Moffat, an iscd alumni who is now running her own successful design studio in Sydney. Tameka shared her top 3 tips for running a successful design business and talked to us about her highlights in the industry since graduating!

Tameka first studied with us back in 2013 completing the Certificate IV in Design and then went on to study the Interior Design Diploma in 2014. Tameka’s passions for interiors design came from her family who had a construction business. Her experience in the design industry goes back 25 years when she started her first job working for Beechwood Homes.


“I have always worked in the industry, I went to iscd to upskill and gain the Interior Design Diploma Qualification. The design industry is constantly evolving so it’s important to keep learning and updating your skills. I researched many places to study but it was the school’s reputation and variety of courses available that drew me to study at iscd.


Tameka’s design studio has won awards including;

  • Awarded Finalist IWIB – Business Women of the Year – 2019
  • Awarded Finalist IWIB – Best Home Based Business – 2019

The stunning Headlands Hotel project, which Tameka says is her highlight since graduating iscd, won AHA Best Hotel (Country) & Best Deluxe Accommodation for past 2 years 2017 & 2018.

Tameka was the executive design for the project which consisted of; 61 Serviced Hotel Apartments, Office Spaces and Reception, Lobby Areas, two restaurants, four bar areas, two function rooms, gaming rooms and a resort pool.


Tell us a little about Tameka Moffat Designs..

My background is in the building industry so my company specialises in the planning, design and project management of a project. We cover all areas of interior and exterior design working directly with clients, architects and builders in the selection of materials and finishes to achieve the best result for the project whilst still remaining within the project budget. We work on a variety of different projects, from commercial and retail developments to multi-residential developments to high end residential.


What does a typical day look like for you?

Everyday is different for me! Each day can vary from design, concepts, space planning, site meetings, client meetings and office admin. I start my day at 5am with office work – I found that this is when I’m most focused and have the least distractions!

“The best thing I have learnt since being out in the industry and running my own design studio is always be authentic, stay true to yourself and your design style!”


Tameka’s top tips for running a successful business…

1. Develop a good business plan and be organised
I believe a good business plan is a very important strategic tool for running your business successfully.  A good business plan not only helps to keep me focused on the specific steps necessary to make my business ideas succeed, but it also helps me to achieve both their short-term and long-term objectives. I always update and reevaluate my business plan every 12 months. It is also extremely important to have good time management and organisation skills to keep your business running smoothly.
2. Networking
Networking is crucial at providing an active integration with other designers in the industry. I have found for me, networking helps to develop and improve my skill set, stay on top of the latest trends in our industry, meet prospective mentors, partners, and clients, and gain access to the necessary resources that will enhance your career development.
3. Be Authentic, honest and open
I think this is the most important piece of advise I can give anyone in the design industry. We live in a world ruled by social media which is great for business but sometimes very false and unrealistic. Clients appreciate working with someone who is genuine and open. Authenticity helps achieve a good working relationship between yourself and your clients which in turn makes a project run more effectively and smoothly.  It’s so important within the design industry to stay true to yourself and your design style.


“If you have a passion for design or already work in the industry and wish to upskill, definitely enrol in study. The design industry is constantly evolving so therefore it’s important to ensure you study with a quality and supportive provider in design education such as iscd.



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