Sarah Abu Dareb wants to travel the world designing and building shelters and schools.
That's what drew the Campbelltown resident to architecture. And now the 22-year-old's passion has seen her become the inaugural winner of the Frasers Property Master of Architecture Scholarship for Women.
The scholarship will support the proud local through her two-year master's degree at Western Sydney University in Westmead.
The win was a complete shock to Ms Abu Dareb.
"When I first applied I didn't tell anyone, not even my family members," she said. "When I got it I was so shocked. I just thought, 'no way, this isn't real'. I sent an email to my unit coordinator who told me it was true."
Ms Abu Dareb said the ongoing pandemic had made her even more interested in designing safe public spaces.
"I've come to realise that I want to pursue a career in public space, not just residential," she said. "I want to make something where people gather. Where it's not just one client, but everyone - multiple clients. That's more of a challenge."
Ms Abu Dareb said the Sydney Opera House was her favourite piece of architecture in Sydney. She hopes that she can make something with a similarly lasting impact.
"In my work, I don't want my name remembered, but I want my designs to be iconic," she said. "I want to go to sleep knowing that I've helped people, that I've made something worthy.
"I get the desire to help people from my dad. He's constantly giving, he never takes. He taught me the more you give, the more you get."
Ms Abu Dareb said she loved that architecture was a collaborative endeavour. Working with her fellow students, tutors and lecturers has been her favourite part of studying. Her advice for upcoming architecture students was simple.
"You need to love it," the Al Faisal College Minto graduate said. "Your relationship with architecture really grows as you learn - mine has grown so much. I'm so grateful for this scholarship. I wasn't moving forward, but when I got this scholarship, I knew it was the vehicle to my future."