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Source: David Brown, 785-532-5992, dabrown@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Diane Potts, 785-532-1090, potts@k-state.edu

Friday, Oct. 8, 2010

COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE, PLANNING AND DESIGN GRADUATES PLACE IN FURNITURE DESIGN COMPETITION

MANHATTAN -- Four recent Kansas State University graduates were among 50 finalists and prizewinners in the International Woodworking Fair Design Emphasis 2010 student furniture design competition.

The projects were designed and built by the graduates while they were students in K-State's College of Architecture, Planning and Design. The awards were presented at the biennial International Woodworking Fair competition and show in Atlanta, Ga. The 50 finalists' entries were on display throughout the event.

With four finalists, K-State's College of Architecture, Planning and Design had the most in the competition. The 50 finalists were selected from more than 180 entries from more than 30 schools. The competition judges noted that the caliber of this year's entries was the best since the competition began in 1970.

K-State finalists included:

Ross McCoy, Hutchinson, who received Best of Show and also was named winner of the contract --commercial/office/hospitality furniture -- category for his project, (b)One Bench. McCoy received a master of interior architecture and product design in May 2008.

Matthew Ovel, Mission Hills, received a second place Merit Award in the competition's seating category. He received a master of interior architecture and product design in May 2010.

Other finalists were Samantha Lang, Manchester, Mo., who received a master of interior architecture and product design in May 2010; and Colin Carlson, O'Fallon, Mo., who received a master of architecture in May 2010.

Competition entries were designed and constructed in classes taught by interior architecture and product design faculty members David Brown, Steve Davidson and Rod Troyer.