CFCC Interior Design Students Sweep Statewide Design Competition

Three students from Cape Fear Community College recently earned statewide recognition in the field of interior design.

Students in CFCC’s interior design program swept the 2012 Otto Zenke Student Design Competition by taking first, second and third place. The competition is an annual event sponsored by the Carolinas Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).

Over 90 students from two and four year colleges participated in the competition this year. CFCC students competed against students from the Art Institute of Charleston, Meredith College and Winthrop University.

“Our senior design students worked on their projects for over eight weeks – including nights, weekends, and holidays.  They really dedicated themselves to doing their very best, and it shows in their work,” said Patricia Battershill, lead instructor of CFCC’s interior design program.

The first place winner was Justin Nixon of CFCC. Justin won $1000 for himself and $1000 for the college. Jennifer Corson was second place winner and the recipient of $750, and Kately Thrailkill won $500 as third place winner; both are from CFCC.

Each submission was judged on over 100 individual criteria including the concept statement, building codes and accessibility, space planning and meeting program requirements, furniture and finishes, lighting, building systems, complete drawings, and the presentation graphics.

Designed to house at-risk youths, and supply them with a work space with supervision, the project had an urban setting. Floor plans and an elevation were provided, along with a detailed project overview. This year a window treatment detail was a new requirement.

The competition was judged by a panel three professional designers who are members of ASID.

CFCC’s interior design program is a two-year associate degree program is designed to expose students to the basic requirements of the interior design profession. Graduates are qualified for a variety of jobs within the industry.  Some of the job opportunities available include work with residential or commercial design firms, architectural or construction/development companies, showrooms or retail settings or opening an independent design studio.