Thursday
Nov122009

PAVE Retail Store Design Competition

Congratulations to Junior Interior Design Student Lindsey Richards who recieved an Honorable Mention in the 2009 PAVE (Planning and Visual Education Partnership) Retail Store Design Competition. Lindsey's $500 prize was one of seven cash awards in a competition with 373 entries. The project was completed in fall semester third year studio taught by Lisa tucker.

Monday
Sep282009

Clean Sweep at the IDEA Awards Ceremony

At the annual IDEA Awards - a joint venture between the Virginia/West Virginia Chapters of IIDA and ASID - six student awards were presented. Our students won all six. That's a clean sweep for the Hokies.

This year Virginia Tech students won three Honorable Mentions, two First Place awards and the best-in-show award "Bright Idea."

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Monday
Sep212009

NEXT Models

For the second year, we have the seniors simulating professional practice by dividing the studio into 5 "firms" with 4 members each. Each week, for four weeks, the firms compete for a commission by presenting schematic designs to their "client." After the presentations, the client picks the firm they would hire for the project. In the first week, the firm, Soap Box, was selected to design the new NEXT Models agency in NYC.

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Thursday
Sep102009

Semptember 10: Phanie Gapinski

Phanie Gapinski graduated from our program in 2003 and has been living and designing in Washington DC for the past 6 years. She has designed award winning commercial interiors, high-end retail boutiques as well as residential and multi-family spaces. For Phanie, design is much more than a career, it is her passion. In addition to interior design, she also is a graphic artist, a roller derby girl known as Phang, and uses sewing and gardening to remain grounded. In her own words, "anything challenging or related to creative exploration is what it's all about".