Meg Reading was "shocked" to win an exclusive industrial technology award in Sydney for a project she did as a student at Oxley High School in Tamworth.
Ms Reading developed a floor plan for a house as part of her industrial technology graphics course for the Higher School Certificate (HSC) in 2019.
She then built on that concept, using complex computer programs to design the interior.
Her project was one of only 35 chosen from 10,000 students studying technology courses for the HSC in NSW last year for the Shape 2019 exhibition.
Ms Reading was presented with a certificate from the NSW Education Standards Authority at the opening exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum for her success.
"I was fairly shocked, I didn't realise how big of a deal it was," she said.
Ms Reading's major project ultimately featured handmade and computer-generated drawings, a video, animations and two physical models made by laser cutting; one of the house itself and one of a feature lamp she designed inside the house.
"It was very surprising but I'm very proud."
Ms Reading said completing the project was difficult at times, because she did it via distance education.
Shape 2019 kicked off at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney in February and will be open to the public until May 3. It features major projects from across the state from courses like textiles and design, industrial technology and design and technology.
Ms Reading said it was interesting to see what the other students had created.
She has recently moved away from home to study a Bachelor of Design at the University of Newcastle.
"I love it," she said,
"It's very different to the program I did for my HSC project, it's a lot more creative and interpretive."
Ms Reading said she doesn't know what she wants to do with her studies but is interested in interior design.