CFCC Interior Design Students Sweep the 2008 Otto Zenke Awards


WILMINGTON – Three Cape Fear Community College students recently swept the prestigious 2008 Otto Zenke Interior Design Competition, taking first, second and third place. The competition was held as part of the American Society of Interior Design Carolinas Chapter Annual Conference in Myrtle Beach on April 26.

The students competed against colleges from North and South Carolina, defeating students from UNC Greensboro, Meredith College, East Carolina University, Appalachian State University, and Western Carolina University and others.”This is a great honor for a wonderful group of students,” said Cindy Parker, lead instructor of CFCC’s interior design program.

CFCC’s winning students included: Jessie Jeffries, who won first place with $750 and a plaque. Lindsay Medford won second place with $500 and a plaque, and Renee Smith won third place with $250 and a plaque. In addition to the individual prizes, the Interior Design program won $750 and a plaque.

The goal of the project was much more than to design a good-looking room. The project was to create a two-level office and residential space that the students had to research, plan and ultimately design.  Students had to follow specific criteria, much like they would in working with an actual client. The design had to adhere to many specifications like building codes and aesthetic appeal. The students worked on the project for approximately three months in which they developed concepts from the criteria, created space planning in CAD drawings, rendered perspectives and elevations and selected sustainable finishes for the projects. The specific focus was on using sustainable products and ADA guidelines.

This project also utilized sustainable and innovative products while creating a functional, and aesthetic setting for the two spaces involved.  The final work included numerous CAD drawings and hand rendered illustrations to demonstrate their plans, in addition to the selection of products and specifications.

The students worked on the project from January until the end of March as it was an extensive and demanding project. Parker was very proud of the winners, but also was very proud of all the students who entered who also had fabulous entries.  Although it is not a requirement of the contest, the program required that all students send their entries.  

“It was an impressive site to see CFCC projects overshadow the competition,” Parker said.

The class project was completed in Commercial/Contract Design II which was taught by Eliddia Mader. Additional support was given by Ernest Fernandez and Parker who consulted.