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Source: Migette Kaup, 785-532-1317,
Prepared by: Jane P. Marshal, 785-532-1519,

Thursday, May 19, 2011


MANHATTAN -- A passive solar house project designed by a team of Kansas State University interior design students is the winner of the Outstanding Student Achievement Award in the student division competition at the fourth annual Mid-America Design Awards, sponsored by the International Interior Design Association's Mid-America chapter.

Team members, all seniors in interior design, include Stacy Davis, De Soto; Amy Boesen, Sedgwick; and Rachel Ellerbe, Ellisville, Mo. Their project was completed for Interior Design Studio 7 in fall 2010, which was taught by Hyung Chan Kim, assistant professor of apparel, textiles and interior design.

In announcing the honor at the competition May 6, juror Beth Harmon-Vaughn, managing director at Gensler Phoenix in Arizona, said the K-State team had shown a well thought-out design process, great use of material, color and overall solution.

Thirteen student teams took part in the competition at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park.

The International Interior Design Association is a professional networking and educational association with more than 13,000 members from more than 30 chapters around the world. It's committed to enhancing the quality of life through excellence in interior design and the advancement of interior design through knowledge, value and community. The association's Mid-America chapter covers Kansas and Missouri and has three City Centers in Kansas City, St. Louis and Wichita.