This is the fifth consecutive year a PhilaU student has earned first place in the IIDA student design competition for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
First place went to Chesenia Burgos for her visitor-centric design for a Germantown cultural museum. View Burgos’ winning design on Behance.
“I am honored to have received first place,” Burgos said. “It’s a great feeling to be graduating from such a fantastic program at PhilaU. I feel well prepared for my future career in interior design and confident that I am capable of achieving any goal I set for myself.”
Intended as a tribute to the rich heritage of the Germantown community in Philadelphia, Burgos’ design incorporates the latest technology, such as touch-screen information boards and video stations accompanying certain displays.
Erik Smith received second place for his design of a museum devoted to the geology and ecology of the Wissahickon neighborhood. His design connected visitors to nature by incorporating skylights and a community garden. View Smith’s design on Behance.
Madeline Hill earned third place for her innovative design of a Germantown textile museum inspired by the layered construction of a knit textile. View Hill’s design on Behance.
The competition, open to student IIDA members in the tri-state region, required participants to submit drawings from a project completed in the last year. Projects were judged by a panel of eight industry professionals on effectiveness of design solution, creativity, craftsmanship and overall presentation.