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K-State Today

April 3, 2018

APDesign student wins international competition

By Thom Jackson

Chloe Cudney, a second-year student in interior architecture and product designin the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, was awarded the second place Beginning Undergraduate Student Award from the Interior Design Educators Council at its 2018 international awards competition.

The council values excellence in teaching, scholarship and service from both its own membership and the larger international design community and presents various awards based on documented excellence to students and industry professionals during its annual international conference.

According to Julie Myers, the council's Awards Committee chair, 2018 winners reflect the intersections of science, design and art for responsive interiors. 

"Participation in the annual international awards shows the commitment to excellence in the field of interior design and interior architecture and sets the standard for next generation of design educators and scholars," Myers said. 

Cudney's winning design proposal, "Sacredness Among Scarcity," is a response to the Las Vegas tragedy in October 2017 by combining local materials and natural light into a space for contemplation.

"Cudney's design demonstrates a long process of research and reflection, and is a meaningful and poignant monument," said Chudney's professor Katrina Lewis, who is coordinator of the Environmental Design Studies Studio and graduate program coordinator in the interior architecture and product design department.

The Interior Design Educators Council competition provides a unique and timely opportunity to create an awareness of human, economic, environmental and ethical concerns for future interior designers. The experience also encourages students and faculty alike to reflect on socially responsible design and the importance of design in our society.

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