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K-State Today

March 28, 2013

Designing success: Ankerson receives 2013 Book Award from prestigious interior design council

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

For the second year in a row, a book by a Kansas State University faculty member is being named the best in the interior design field.

"Illustrated Codes of Designers: Residential," written by Katherine Ankerson, professor and head of the department of interior architecture and product design in the university's College of Architecture, Planning and Design, received the 2013 Interior Design Educators Council's Book Award. The book is published by Fairchild Books and co-branded by the International Codes Council.

The award is given for recognition of the content of an outstanding book that exhibits excellence in addressing issues of the discipline of interior design, including practice, research and education. Books do not have to be associated with a member of the Interior Design Educators Council to be nominated.

"It is such an honor to have this book chosen for the annual award," Ankerson said. "This is a project that has been long in the making. It's wonderful to see the project come to fruition and be acknowledged and celebrated in such a way."

The selection committee was impressed with the inclusiveness and organization of the book's text. Members thought the DVD-based book could be a trendsetter in interior design education. The committee's comments on the book included: "Learning about codes is typically presented in a dry format that can be difficult to read, but this text is a well-thought-out approach to comprehensive, active learning."

Vibhavari Jani, associate professor of interior architecture and product design, won the Interior Design Educator Council's 2012 Book Award for her book, " Diversity in Design: Perspective from the Non-Western World."

The council was formalized in 1963 to promote recognition of the contribution of interior design education, scholarship and practice to the advancement of quality of life within the built environment.

Ankerson joined the College of Architecture, Planning and Design as department head of interior architecture and product design in July 2011. She received her Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Science in architecture from Washington State University.