PhilaU Students Receive Top Honors in Area IIDA Design Competition

Senior interior design student Christine Migliore earned second place for her design of the Military Merit Museum.

Senior interior design student Christine Migliore earned second place for her design of the Military Merit Museum.

Out of a pool of dozens of entries from across the region, a trio of Philadelphia University students have received top honors in the 2017 International Interior Design Association (IIDA) PA/NJ/DE Student Design Competition. Senior interior design student Christine Migliore earned second place, interior architecture graduate student Dominique Waldrup came in third and senior interior design student Taijsha Bailey took home honorable mention.

The competition celebrates original design and rewards projects that demonstrate innovative, functional design solutions that have a positive environmental and human impact, according to the organizers.

Migliore focused on the Military Merit Museum, a project proposed in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. “By using massive portrait photography and sculptural elements, I was able to capture the essence of the strength, dedication and bravery of the individuals who serve and protect our country,” she said.

PhilaU students Dominique Waldrup, Taijsha Bailey and Christine Migliore present their winning projects.

PhilaU students Dominique Waldrup, Taijsha Bailey and Christine Migliore present their winning projects.

In Waldrup’s entry of a seaside environmental center, she honed in on simplicity, seeking connections with nature while utilizing sustainable materials. The center on the Delaware coast will educate people about the local ecology and climate change.

“PhilaU has taught me how to think creativity and logically and equipped me with the tools to visually compose my ideas,” she said.

Bailey designed [re]FORMED, an art museum that showcases reuse in art and architecture which could achieve a LEED Gold rating.

“The IIDA competition gives our students the opportunity to test themselves in the wider arena under the scrutiny of external review and competition,” said Lauren Baumbach, director of PhilaU’s interior design and interior architecture programs. “They get to see how their work stands up to that of their peers and the judgment of professionals in the field. When they stand back and see their work on exhibit in a public venue and win awards, it instills a confidence that carries with them into their future as professionals. It’s empowering.”

IIDA supports design professionals, industry affiliates, educators, students, firms and its clients through a network of 15,000-plus members in 58 countries. The organization has campus centers across the United States, including at PhilaU.

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