Baylor Interior Design Students Place in Top Three Regionally in IDEC Student Design Competition 2021 Media and Public Relations
Baylor interior design students won first and third place in the Southwest region in the Council of Interior Design Educators’ annual student design competition (Getty Images)
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WACO, TX (April 23, 2021) – Baylor interior design students won first and third place in the Southwest region in the annual IDEC student design competition hosted virtually by the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC).
Baylor students competed in six to seven groups against 81 undergraduates from 31 different universities. They worked in teams of three and presented design solutions for real world problems.
“The central issue was to design, in the midst of the pandemic, a community that supports the health, safety and well-being of veterans,” said Anna Dean, junior interior design student. “Veterans often struggle with mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.”
The projects started on the first day of classes in the fall 2020 semester and students had three weeks to complete them. Students have adjusted to COVID-19 restrictions by meeting socially distant teammates and collaborating on advanced design software such as Autodesk Revit.
“The settings in this project allowed 21 days to complete the design solution, so they had six days of classroom work and hours of out-of-class work as well,” said Hillary Burgess, associate lecturer in interior design and sponsor of the faculty of Bonsai. “They made a lot of Zoom calls and shared files digitally rather than sharing sketches and ideas on paper.”
Baylor submitted three projects for the competition and the winning teams, called Bonsai and Foxhole respectively, developed their unique designs with various color schemes, materials and lighting to create a cohesive solution for the project settings.
“Our brand name is’ Bonsai Harmony. Community. Hero, Dean says. “We chose Bonsai as a symbol in our design because it represents harmony, peace and balance, which we wanted to integrate through the building using natural elements and fostering a sense of nature.”
Baylor University IDEC 2021 Competition Teams:
First place winners: Bonsai
Third Place Winners: Foxhole
“The competition project was completed in Design I, which is the first top-level studio, so students have already taken courses such as building systems and codes, lighting and interior design. space, ”said Elise King, MID, associate professor of humanities. and design, and faculty sponsor for Foxhole. “Top-level studios focus on solving complex problems and stress the importance of research-based decision making.”
Burgess said the students presented the parameters of the project in class, performed progress checks with their groups, and researched in-depth solutions on materials to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to promote a healthy environment.
“At the deadline, they submitted two presentation boards containing evidence of their research, a written concept statement, a floor plan, materials, selections of finishes and numerous sketches and renderings to reinforce their solution. conception, ”she said.
“The project had to incorporate planning efficiency, including universal design, while following international building codes (IBC) and design guidelines accessible by ADA,” Dean said. “It was also judged on how we reflected and understood the needs of veterans in the community.
IDEC is a sworn competition, and the Bonsai and Foxhole teams were selected based on a blind review process.
The sponsors of each team share a bond that they celebrate as faculty members.
“Professor Burgess and I both attended Baylor as undergraduates and majored in interior design, graduating a year apart,” King said. “As students, we discussed our projects and our courses. And now, as a faculty, to teach in the same studio and put students from each of our sections in the top three, it was fun to be on this journey together.
Burgess said that once the project parameters for the IDEC 2022 student design competition are released, the interior design department will assess whether the parameters match the course description for their studio class in fall 2021.
Click on here for more information on IDEC and a complete list of winning designs from the competition.
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