PhilaU Students Win Top Awards in BLT Architects Student Competition


Architecture student Philip Rivera’s design takes first place in BLT Architects’ 2014 student interior design competition

PhilaU students won top awards in BLT Architects’ 2014 student interior design competition, with fifth-year architecture student Philip Rivera taking first place and senior interior design student Kaitlin Shenk placing third.

“Phil and Kaitlin both demonstrate a facility to absorb the essence of a design problem quickly and zero in on a solution at both the macro and micro levels,” said Lauren Baumbach, interior design program director. Those skills, she added, “will serve them well upon entering the profession.”

BLT Architects, a Philadelphia-based architectural and interior design firm, challenged students to propose imaginative and sustainable interior design solutions for a space with the potential to transform a critical Philadelphia neighborhood.

Rivera won $500 and was offered a paid summer internship at BLTa for his design of a community housing and development center in the Centro De Oro neighborhood in North Philadelphia. His design features a sun-bathed atrium and bio-wall that acts as a canvas painted with inspiring stories of success.

“Wining the BLTa sketch competition was an exciting honor,” Rivera said. “I hope to build upon this momentum as I start a career in architecture.”

The BLT Architects competition was open to students from the entire Mid-Atlantic region, ranging from Massachusetts to Virginia. In addition, students from PhilaU’s College of Architecture and the Built Environment have earned top awards in several other prestigious competitions this semester.

Architecture student Dan Silberman won first place in the 113th John Stewardson Memorial Fellowship in Architecture competition. Fellow fifth-year architecture student Melanie Whedon was named a finalist in the statewide competition. Read more here.

Interior design seniors Heather Robinson, Emma Rosenwinkel and Colleen Barry took first place, second place and honorable mention, respectively, in the 2014 International Interior Design Association tri-state chapter’s annual student design competition. Read more here.

The University’s B.S. in Interior Design program recently was awarded another six-year accreditation from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. Read more here.

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