ASID Announces Student Design Competition Winners

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Student design challenge takes a trip to the year 2025

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 24, 2012) | The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) announces the winners of the 2011 – 2012 ASID Student Design Competition. This year’s competition challenged students to look forward to the year 2025 with design solutions that address the human, economic and environmental needs of a future society.

“This year’s entrants demonstrated a holistic approach to sustainable design that communicates a forward-thinking approach to creating healthy, vibrant and aesthetically dynamic environments,” commented competition judge and USGBC faculty member Annette Stelmack, Allied ASID, LEED AP.

“Not only do these concepts deliver innovative models for sustainability, they showcase how built environments can serve as a teaching tool for the community.” Along with Stelmack, the competition was judged by ASID President-elect Barbara Marini, FASID  and Susan S. Szenasy, editor in chief of Metropolis magazine.

The winning entry received a $2,000 cash prize and will be highlighted at the ASID @ NeoCon booth during NeoCon in Chicago during June 11 – 13, 2012, along with the honorable mentions.

The annual competition is in its ninth year and is open to all ASID Student Members currently enrolled in an accredited interior design program. Full descriptions and concept drawings the winning entries and designers can be accessed at:

La Comunidad Office and Public Gathering Space
Designer: Hannah Chessman, Student ASID, Virginia Tech 

The design for La Comunidad not only improves the welfare of the community, but creates a vehicle for the discussion of sustainable design and its growing necessity in the design world. Because of its urban location, indoor air quality (IAQ), a connection to nature and general health of occupants were key issues that this design attempted to address. From floral and vegetable gardens to grass-lined walkways and a 45,000 square-foot park and garden area directly behind the building, increasing connections to nature and the community are a key element of the design. The substantial amounts of vegetation combat both poor IAQ and the negative psychological effects of urbanization. Employee and community health is improved, in part, through improved IAQ, offering walking and bike paths for exercise, and creating an office design that encourages movement and collaboration.

Honorable Mentions:

2025+ House
Chi T Nguyen, Student ASID, Savannah College of Art and Design

Glimpse – Visualization Communication Center for the Blind and Seeing Impaired
Lauren Deffner, Student ASID, Ball State University

Envelop Women’s Boutique
Ashton Capps, Student ASID, Anderson University

Sustainable Advertising and Media Company 
Jennifer Boyd, Student ASID, Virginia Tech

About ASID: The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people—designers, industry representatives, educators and students—committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 30,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.