Interior Design Students Impress at KlingStubbins Student Design Competition

PhilaU interior designers (left to right) Sarah Schaub, Kaitlynn Ziegler, Courtney Heffintrayer and Sarah Sapowycz each received awards at the 10th annual KlingStubbins student design contest.

Philadelphia University interior design students received more awards than any other school at the 10th annual KlingStubbins design competition, winning four out of the ten total awards in the intercollegiate contest.

Sarah Schaub ’12 won the $2,000 prize for second-place overall in the student design competition, and Courtney Heffintrayer ’12, Kaitlynn Ziegler ’12 and Sarah Sapowycz ’13 each won $500 for honorable mention awards. Heffintrayer’s award was her second-straight, also winning honorable mention in the 2010 competition.

The competition was held on Oct. 22, at the offices of KlingStubbins in Center City Philadelphia. KlingStubbins is an internationally recognized design firm with expertise in architecture, engineering, interior design, planning and landscape architecture. Each year, the firm hosts a design competition for schools in the Philadelphia area to compete in a one-day charette.

“Students were given seven hours to develop a design concept and parti and to complete two presentation boards that included rendered floor plans, elevations, perspectives and furniture and finish sections,” said Lauren Baumbach, associate professor of interior design. None of the students knew the competition’s parameters until the day of the contest.

Students were asked to design an office work environment for their generation. The project was called “Go Work,” and it challenged students to design office space that is more relaxed, flexible and spirited than traditional work environments.

PhilaU students were presented with their awards at a dinner and awards ceremony held at the Westin Philadelphia on Nov. 10, as well as students from Arcadia University, Art Institute of Philadelphia, Drexel University, Harcum College, Moore College of Art and Design.

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