Interior Architecture students win many awards at Michigan Design Center
Friday, April 30th, 2010
Lawrence Tech interior architecture students won the majority of awards at the annual Student Career Day hosted by the Michigan Design Center in Troy. More than 300 students from Michigan colleges and universities attended the April 9 event sponsored by Michigan chapters of the professional organizations ASID, IIDA, and IFDA.
Career Day offers students the opportunity to network with interior design professionals, attend workshops hosted in Michigan Design Center showrooms and have their portfolios reviewed by potential employers. ASID and IIDA hold their annual student competitions, and awards are also announced at Student Career Day.
The hard work and creative designs that Lawrence Tech students produced for the competitions paid off. Competition projects are required for the junior students in IA-1 and IA-2 courses taught by Adjunct Professor Steve Webber and Senior Lecturer Michelle Belt, as well as by many of the other interior architecture faculty.
ASID’s competition was an eight-hour design charette. This year’s project was the design layout, finish material selection, and custom millwork design for a Tourist Welcome Center in Michigan.
Lawrence Tech junior Amal Amine won the second-place prize of $200, and junior Michelle Overley won the third-place prize of $100.
IIDA’s competition was an essay written about a project already completed by the student in a studio course. The focus of the essay was to emphasize either the sustainability features or the health, safety, and welfare features of the project design.
Senior Kate Blanchfield won the first-place prize of $200; master’s student Shawn Calvin won the second-place prize of $100; and Joanna Tzilos won the third-place prize of two ticket vouchers to the May 27 IIDA annual meeting in Ann Arbor.
Juniors Amanda Drury won a first-place prize of $100; Brittnie Lomason won the second-place prize of $75, and Keith Marks won the third-place prize of two ticket vouchers to the annual meeting in Ann Arbor.
Keith Marks won an honorable mention prize of $200 for his design of a space that incorporated one of two rugs currently on display in the Ghiordes Knot showroom.
– Michelle Belt