Interior Design Senior Amy Hufford Named IIDA 2016 Student of the Year

IIDA Student of the Year Amy Hufford.

IIDA Student of the Year Amy Hufford.

Award-winning interior design student Amy Leigh Hufford ’16 was at work on Friday, April 29, when she got a call from her mother that a woman from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) in Chicago wanted to speak with her.

“I was so excited when I reached Lisa Toth at IIDA and she informed me I had been selected as the 2016 IIDA Student of the Year,” Hufford said. “I was overwhelmed and called my parents right away.”

“The IIDA Student of the Year designation is a high honor that is only given to one student per year nationally,” said Barbara Klinkhammer, executive dean of the PhilaU College of Architecture and the Built Environment. “Amy has significantly impacted our Interior Design Program through outstanding leadership, insight and involvement. She is not only one of the most talented interior design students I have had the pleasure to teach or meet in my career, but she also has provided continued, dedicated and committed volunteer service.”

Hufford will be presented with the award at the IIDA annual meeting on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. The IIDA Student of the Year also receives a $5,000 prize, complimentary 2017 IIDA membership and an all-expense-paid trip to NeoCon in Chicago, one of the most recognized and well-attended trade shows for design professionals. Hufford also will be featured on the IIDA website, in their newsletter DesignMatters and in the IIDA student member quarterly newsletter QUAD.

As a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and co-president of the largest IIDA Campus Center Chapter in the region, Hufford has spearheaded multiple engagement trips to internationally ranked interior design firms; hosted fundraising events, networking events and the IIDA Product Showcase with 20 manufacturer’s representatives; mentored younger students; and contributed to setting new goals for advancing the Interior Design Program.

“It was clear to me when Amy was a freshman that she had the talent, drive and work ethic to thrive in the field of interior design,” said Lauren Baumbach, director of the PhilaU Interior Design Program. “Her work was selected as part of the ‘best student work’ for the Council for Interior Design Accreditation exhibit, she has won numerous awards and was asked to represent the program in Harrisburg at the Interior Design Legislative Coalition of Pennsylvania Interior Design Day 2015. Amy is tireless in her dedication as a student and aspiring professional.”

At the University’s Student Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 30, the IIDA (PA, NJ, DE) Design Excellence Award went to Amy as one of the highest-performing interior design student in the 2016 graduating class.

“My favorite projects are those with a humanitarian aspect,” Hufford said. “I passionately believe that solving problems for communities is one of the most important responsibilities of those who shape environments.” She added, “My philosophy and the honor of being named IIDA Student of the Year are a direct result of my experience as a student at Philadelphia University.”

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Textile Design M.S. Alumnus Betsy Olmsted Has Exciting News!

This month Betsy Olmsted will have her first book published "Hand Printing Studio: A Visual Guide to Printing on Almost Anything" by Stash Books!

Her stunning print design work can be found at places like Anthropologie, West Elm, and Land of Nod, but now she is taking you through her process! 

Please check out this excellent write up on Betsy at Susquehanna Style!

Also pay a visit to her website to see the great things she is up to! www.betsyolmsted.com
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Textile Design M.S. Alumnus Betsy Olmsted Has Exciting News!

This month Betsy Olmsted will have her first book published "Hand Printing Studio: A Visual Guide to Printing on Almost Anything" by Stash Books!

Her stunning print design work can be found at places like Anthropologie, West Elm, and Land of Nod, but now she is taking you through her process! 

Please check out this excellent write up on Betsy at Susquehanna Style!

Also pay a visit to her website to see the great things she is up to! www.betsyolmsted.com
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PhilaU Honors Mike Ternosky and Student Designers at Fashion Show: Roxborough Review

Philadelphia University fashion design seniors gave their collections a turn on the catwalk and Obey Clothing designer and alumnus Mike Ternosky was honored April 21 at the University’s annual Fashion Show, The Roxborough Review reported April 28.

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PhilaU Fashion Students Rule the Red Dress Runway to Promote Heart Health

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Models show PhilaU student designs at the annual American Heart Association’s red dress fashion show at the Mütter Museum.

Philadelphia University student fashion designers rocked the runway at the annual red dress fashion show sponsored by the American Heart Association (AHA) on April 27 at the Mütter Museum.

A panel of judges, including Jay McCarroll, PhilaU fashion design alumnus and faculty member, selected the winning designs, which will be featured at the AHA’s Go Red for Women Luncheon on May 13 and will be prominently displayed in a Macy’s Center City window at a later date.

The three winning red dresses (left to right) were designed by students Arleny Corona, Ashlee Bowers and Amie Dews.

The three winning red dresses (left to right) were designed by students Arleny Corona, Ashlee Bowers and Amie Dews.

Winning designers included Arleny Corona, first place; Amie Dews, second place and people’s choice award; and Ashlee Bowers, third place.

In all, 27 stunning student designs in various shades of red were presented to an enthusiastic audience at the red dress preview party event.

This marks the 12th year that PhilaU has collaborated with the AHA on its annual red dress event. The red dress has become a symbol of efforts to raise awareness about heart health in women. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S. For more info about the AHA’s Go Red for Women event and heart health for women, click here.

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Textile Design Alumna Betsy Olmsted Finds Success With Surging Colors: Susquehanna Style

betsy olmstedBetsy Olmsted, who received her master’s in textile design at PhilaU, has found success through her use of surging colors and organic, intuitive approach, noted a profile in the May 2016 issue of Susquehanna Style.

Olmsted, who designs such things as scarves, pillow and tea towels for clients including Anthropologie, West Elm and Land of Nod, said she started her own firm to balance her work and family life. Her book, “Hand-Printing Studio: A Visual Guide to Printing on Almost Anything,” will be published next month.

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PhilaU Senior Wins JAZ Tank Award for Smart Glasses to Help Hearing Impaired

Philadelphia University industrial design senior Renee Kakareko won $5,000 to further develop oLIVE Devices, her company that provides “smart” eyewear for the hearing impaired, at the 2nd annual JAZ Tank pitch competition held April 27 in the Kanbar Campus Center.

Industrial design senior Renee Kakareka and PhilaU President Spinelli.

Industrial design senior Renee Kakareka and PhilaU President Spinelli.

JAZ Tank was co-sponsored by PhilaU and Jefferson Innovation Pillar to bring innovation to healthcare through entrepreneurship. Seven early-stage businesses were pitched to the panel of investor judges as part of the event’s Venture Track.

Micaela Langille Collins took the first-place prize of $10,000 for her business that facilitates breast-feeding among working mothers, and runner-up Justine Han received $5,000 for her business of plasma treatment for corneal ulcers.

PhilaU President Stephen Spinelli Jr. announced the winners, who, in addition to the cash prizes to develop their businesses, also received a free patent, copyright or trademark application, business mentorship working space and consulting services.

Kyle Garb, a senior industrial design student, also had an opportunity to pitch his alternate burn care application device, which would dispense medication to painful burns through a misting system that would avoid direct contact with the sensitive skin.

Earlier that day, PhilaU graduate industrial design student Syed Azaaz Ahmed was selected as one of four earlier-stage entrepreneurs to access funding through the event’s Opportunity Track. His developing business, Air Eyes, would allow those who are blind to sense what is around them through pulses of air.

Kakareko, who said her glasses provide “superpowers” for people with hearing disabilities, developed the high-tech eyeglasses that capture the words of people and display them to the wearer for her senior capstone project. She said 14 percent of children in the U.S. have hearing impairments, noting that her fashionable glasses can impact both speech comprehension and the social aspects of being hearing impaired.

The previous day, Kakareko had presented oLIVE Devices at the Venture Fair in Philadelphia and was featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

 

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PhilaU IIDA Campus Center Earns Two Top Honors

The PhilaU IIDA Campus Center was recognized for Excellence in Education as well as Membership Marketing and Recruitment.

The PhilaU IIDA Campus Center was recognized for Excellence in Education as well as Membership Marketing and Recruitment.

Philadelphia University’s student International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Campus Center has won two top awards from the association: the Excellence in Education Award and the Excellence in Membership Marketing and Recruitment Award.

The Campus Center Awards recognize outstanding achievement in five categories to encourage IIDA Campus Centers to develop and maintain excellence in their work to enhance the interior design profession at the student and local level.

The awards reflect “the incredible culture of engagement” that PhilaU’s interior design students have with the profession and IIDA, said Lauren Baumbach, director of PhilaU’s interior design and interior architecture programs.

“Our students understand the value of active participation in the profession, real-world connections and education beyond the classroom while they are still in school,” she said. “Winning this award acknowledges their remarkable commitment to the interior design profession and drive to reach out to the wider design community.”

Interior design senior and IIDA co-president Nicole Criscenzo said of the awards, “It affirms that we have achieved the level of excellence and rigor we have strive for on a national level and showcases the incredible level of support and education we receive in our interior design program.” She added, “I am so pleased that our campus center has had such a great year and has been recognized for all of the work we have done.”

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PhilaU Student Pitches “Smart” Glasses for Hearing Impaired at Venture Fair: Philadelphia Inquirer

Industrial design senior Renee Kakareka pitched her oLIVE Devices smart glasses to help hearing-impaired students at the 18th annual Venture Fair, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported April 27.

“A fluent signer and industrial design senior at Philadelphia University, she dreamed up a device that is a variation on Google Glass,” the Inquirer reported. “Its microphones collect speech, convert it to script, and beam that into the retina of the eyes.

Kakareka will pitch her innovation today at the JAZ Tank at PhilaU.

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