July 14, 2015
Recent interior design graduate's team places first in competition
Alyssa Smith, a spring 2015 graduate in interior design, was a member of the first-place team in student design competition sponsored by the International Interior Design Association.
Twelve multiuniversity teams were asked to solve a design challenge within six hours at NeoCon, the largest commercial interiors show in North America, in June.
The charette involved the redesign an atrium area on the eighth floor of the Chicago Merchandise Mart into an area with a lounge, private work space, semiprivate work space, open work space, and a microbistro that would serve as guest check-in. Teams also had to brand the space and create a way to direct the public to the space from the main level.
Teams presented their design ideas to a panel of judges from the Interior Design industry.
Smith's teammates were from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Colorado State University, University of Missouri and Harrington College of Design, Chicago.