Alice Cheng, a senior Interior Design major, recently was awarded the second-place prize of $1,500 in the sixth annual Student Design Competition sponsored by Philadelphia-based KlingStubbins Interiors, one of the nation’s leading interiors, architecture, engineering and planning firms.
Cheng competed with 60 students from six area institutions in the seven-hour charette to design an urban cultural arts center. The student competition took place Oct. 27 and the awards ceremony was held Nov. 8 at the Cira Centre in Philadelphia.
“I utilized a concept that merged a distinctive form with practical functionality,” said Cheng. She used angle walls and moveable display partitions on hidden castors to connect the main spaces in her design. When her name was announced at the end of the long day, Cheng said, “I was surprised and definitely pleased.”
“Alice Cheng did an outstanding job of meeting the competition’s design parameters and coming up with both an aesthetically pleasing and functional space,” said Vini Nathan, interim dean of the School of Architecture. “It’s very rewarding to see our students excel in this prestigious competition.”