Southwest Florida College Interior Design Students Win Big at the 2011 ASID Student Design Competition

Left to Right: Adjunct Interior Design Instructor, Jeannette Dera; Full-Time Interior Design Instructor, Tamara Chesney; Program Manager of Interior Design for the Institute of Interior Design at Southwest Florida College, Linda Petersen MA, LEED AP, IDEC, ASID, IIDA, AIA; 2011 ASID Design Excellence Award Winners: Vicki Clay, Alexandra Hutchinson, Christopher Robinson, and Lina Abril.
Bonita Springs, Fla. (October 20, 2011) – Alexandra Hutchinson, Lina Abril, Christopher Robinson and Vicki Clay, all students at the Institute of Interior Design at Southwest Florida College in Bonita Springs, Fla., won all but one award at the 2011 ASID Design Excellence Awards, Student Design Competition.

President Elect for the Southwest Florida Chapter of ASID, Peggy Oberlin, came out to Southwest Florida College last night to present the winners. “There were so many who won awards from Southwest Florida College, that we thought it would be nice to come out and present the awards all together,” Oberlin said.

Alexandra Hutchinson with ASID President and President-Elect
According to Oberlin, “Southwest Florida College has shown to be a much more well balanced college regarding the technical and creative skills. The Interior Design program at Southwest Florida College is an all around quality program,” she said.

The 2011 ASID Student Design Competition was open to all colleges that have certified interior design programs in the South Florida area. Participating schools include the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Florida State University, Miami International University of Art & Design, Indian River State College, Palm Beach Community College, and the Art Institute of Miami, to name a few. Projects are judged on the overall professionalism of the design, the presentation of the design, and the appropriateness of the design in relation to the design requirements.

Commercial Design awards: 

Alexandra Hutchinson – Commercial Project: “Dupree Family Law” – First Place
Vicki Clay – Commercial Project: “Tanglewood Elementary Library” – Second Place
Alexandra Hutchinson – Commercial Project: “Community College” – Honorable Mention

Residential Design awards:

Alexandra Hutchinson – Residential Project: “Lawson Residence” – First Place
Christopher Robinson – Residential Project: “Russell Residence” – Second Place
Lina Abril – Residential Project: “Osborne Residence” – Third Place
Alexandra Hutchinson – Residential Project: “Tyler Master Suite” – Honorable Mention

“Among nine other schools in the South Florida area who entered the competition, Southwest Florida College demonstrated the broadest area of skill,” Oberlin said. “Judging was completely blind and the criteria is very broad. It’s not just about the artistic presentation, but how well the student carried out the principles of design in their project, including technical skills, a basic understanding of lighting and an understanding of code, among other areas.

About Southwest Florida College: Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs. The Institute of Interior Design is also located within the Bonita Springs campus. For more information, call 239-939-4766 or visit www.swfc.edu.

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