Interior Design Students Sweep Top Awards at IIDA Design Competition

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(Left to right) Melissa Nemeth ’13, Tia Ryan ’13 and Patricia Oliveira ’13 won the top three awards at the regional IIDA Student Design Competition.

Philadelphia University interior design students continued their impressive run of success in awards competitions this year with a clean sweep of first, second and third place at the 2013 International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Student Design Competition for the tri-state chapter.

Tia Ryan ’13 won $500 for first place in the competition, followed by classmates Melissa Nemeth ’13 (second place, $300) and Patricia Oliveira ’13 (third place, $150). Ryan also was one of six PhilaU interior design students to receive top awards at the annual KlingStubbins design competition in the fall.

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Ryan’s won first place for her Germantown Community Theater design.

“Our students made us all very proud at the IIDA Winter Bash and Awards Ceremony,” said Lauren Baumbach, associate professor and director of the interior design program. “The PhilaU interior design program continues to reap the rewards of our hard work. Students have won all of the top awards in every competition they’ve entered this year.”

Baumbach was recently honored with a national teaching award from the Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) for innovative teaching methods. The award is granted to only one or two professors each year from all CIDA-accredited design programs in the United States and Canada.

The IIDA student competition featured more than 20 entries from design schools in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware region, including Arcadia University, Art Institute of Philadelphia, Drexel University, Moore College of Art & Design and PhilaU. The awards were presented at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University on Feb. 21.

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