Philadelphia University Interior Design students won five of the eight awards in the 8th annual KlingStubbins Interior Design Student Competition.
PhilaU winners included seniors Sarah Ferenz, Devyn O’Neill and Ashley Kaszak, and juniors Allison Beaird and Danielle Pettit. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony and reception Nov. 6 at the Park Hyatt in Philadelphia. “Each of the students’ projects was conceptually bold and well executed,” said Lauren Baumbach, director of the Interior Design program.
In all, 60 students from six interior design programs in the Philadelphia region competed in the one-day design charrette, which took place Oct. 24.
For the competition, students were asked to develop a new concept and design for an “interactive dining venue” for a celebrity chef with a TV show on a cable food network. The venue was located in a new two-story building in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia.
The space was to be part restaurant, part cooking school, and part demonstration kitchen. The program included a reception area, bar, lounge, main dining room, private dining room, presentation kitchen for cooking demonstrations and filming of television segments, and a retail sales store.
“KlingStubbins has always been a great supporter of the education of students and the development of local talent,” said Kimberly R. Williams, national director of interiors for KlingStubbins, an international design firm focusing on architecture, engineering, interiors, planning, and landscape architecture, which has offices in six cities, including Philadelphia. “This annual event not only features the local schools and their individual winners, but also brings together the entire design community for an evening celebrating Interior Design excellence and camaraderie in Philadelphia.”