Interior Design Seniors Sweep Top IIDA Student Design Awards

Chesenia Burgos wins first place for her visitor-centric design for a Germantown cultural museum.

Chesenia Burgos takes first place in the IIDA student design competition for her visitor-centric design for a Germantown cultural museum.

Three Philadelphia University interior design seniors swept the top three prizes in the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) tri-state chapter’s annual student design competition.

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.”

Chesenia Burgos (left) receives first place from IIDA leaders for her museum design.

Chesenia Burgos (left) is awarded first place by IIDA leaders for her museum design.

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.

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