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News Bites: Interior Design Student Wins IIDA Michigan Student Design Competition

Posted June 20, 2016 in StudentNews BitesInterior Design

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) Interior Design student Caitlyn Carr has been awarded first prize in the 2016 International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Michigan Chapter’s Dr. Virginia North Student Competition.

Entrants in the competition were asked to write an essay illustrating how a commercial design project they’d completed in class addressed user wellness on a number of different levels, including cognitive, physical, and emotional. Carr chose to focus on a project for which she’d designed NEXT, a co-working space featuring a variety of individual and collaborative work environments.

work by Interior Design student Caitlyn CarrDesign rendering from Carr's NEXT project (click image to enlarge) (image courtesy of Caitlyn Carr)

In her essay, Carr pointed to NEXT’s use of an energetic color palette to stimulate mental productivity, ergonomic furniture to provide physical comfort, and an open floorplan that allows users to adapt the space to their changing needs.

Carr’s entry was chosen out of 14 total entries by representatives from the IIDA Ohio/Kentucky Chapter who juried the competition. As part of her win, she also received a $450 prize and an associate level IIDA membership for 2017.


Learn more about KCAD’s Interior Design program at kcad.edu/interiordesign

Learn more about the International Interior Design Association at iida.org.