ACU interior design students win regional competition

Posted November 07, 2011

Interior design majors Melanie Bartholomew ('12) and Haley Buffington ('12) received top honors at a regional competition by the American Society of Interior Designers. The ASID Student Symposium Fall Boot Camp was held October 14-15 in Dallas and included students from 15 collegiate interior design programs.

Bartholomew, president of the ASID chapter at ACU, won a $1500 scholarship, free portfolio hosting and second place in two divisions. Her winning piece One Unique Space is a design space for Mission Lazarus, a church and outreach program in Honduras. Her second winning piece came from her work in an on-site team that designed a hypothetical coffee bar and meeting area for wounded soldiers at Ft. Sam Houston.

"ASID competitions allow students to showcase their work outside of the academic environment and makes students' work more marketable to future employers," Bartholomew claims about the competition.

Buffington won first place in the Hospitality division with her design Soul Hotel, depicting a futuristic hotel in the year 2031. She won first and second place in the Commerical Design Division as well. The first-place piece is a nutrition center called the e-Motion Wellness Center and her second-place piece is a woman's clothing store called C'est si Beau. She received trophies, free web portfolio hosting and hundreds of dollars for her work.

"ACU students won the most awards at this competition both this year and last year," says Kitty Wasemiller, professor of interior design. "Both Melanie's and Haley's entries portray design that is thoughtful, intelligent and artistic. Our ideal student is just that - We could not be more proud!" Buffington's winning pieces were created in Wasemiller's Interior Design and Interior Components courses at ACU.

To read more about the ASID competition, visit here. To read more about the competition from ACU's Department of Interior Design blog, visit here.

Photo of Buffington's second place winning entry "C'est si Beau"