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Architecture & Interior Design Awards and Recognitions

Students designed and created the HCAT Culinary Dining Theatre on the AACC Arnold campus

Students in the Architecture and Interior Design Department often participate in design contests and real projects that expose students to the requirements, limitations and problems associated with the "real world." Our students have won local, regional, state and national awards, often beating out students at a higher level in a university program. Our community service projects allow students the unique opportunity to interact with members of the community while applying their skills learned in class. In the case of the college's monumental entrance sign, the college's Board of Trustees sponsored a design contest for an Architectural Design 2 class. The winning design by Lawrence Kuper was built and can be seen on Ritchie Highway.

  • Architecture and Interior Design Program – Best in the State! Our program was honored in 2004 by receiving the Maryland State Department of Education’s highest award for best college or university postsecondary program in the state!
  • Interior Design Students Sweep National Competition!  Students competed in the 2011 “BEST: Made in America” national furniture design competition held at The Washington Design Center and won three first place awards. The top first place award will have the additional honor of seeing her “PHI Chair” built and unveiled in the United States Capitol Building in Washington DC.
  • Interior Design Program Wins National Awards!  Our interior design program was honored nationally by ASID.  AACC interior design student won a First Place Award for Student Representative to the Board and Professor Dimitra Tangires won an Honorable Mention for Faculty Representative of the Year.  As there are only five national awards given out to colleges and universities, this is truly an honor.
  • AIA Design Contest (Statewide Design Competitions) Our architecture students continue to win top awards each year (including first place!) for architecture students in community college programs.
  • ASID DC Metro (Regional Design Competition)  Two of our interior design students won top awards competing against some of the region’s best four-year university interior design programs.
  • ASID Design Contest (Statewide Design Competitions) Our interior design students continue to win top awards each year (including first place!) for interior design students in community colleges and four-year universities.
  • AIA Design Contest (Regional Design Competitions) Our architecture students continue to win top awards each year (including first place!) for designs they have created.
  • Sarah's House Wins County Award! The Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County awarded our student chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers the “Innovation Award of 2007” for the work completed at Sarah’s House; a shelter for battered, homeless women and their children. 
  • ASID Chapter Win National Awards! The American Society of Interior Designers honored our ASID chapter with a “Fundraiser of the Year” award. This was a national award only given to one university or community college interior design program in the country. Our students won for their “$ensible $howhouse” project they created and installed for Habitat for Humanity. The student chapter president was also honored as being the best representative in the nation to a state board. 
  • AACC Entrance Sign (Built Design) Our student designed the college’s new main entrance sign on Ritchie Highway.
  • Habitat for Humanity “$ensible $howhouse” Our interior design students designed and installed a complete showhouse (all rooms) using donated furnishings. Their project was honored by being named as “Home of the Week” and won a national award from ASID.
  • Habitat for Humanity (Regional Design Competition Our architecture students won both top awards against other community college programs, four-year schools and graduate/intern entries.
  • BSO Show House (Regional Design Competitions) Our student’s designs have been rated better and selected over other professional interior designer’s proposals.
  • HCAT Culinary Theatre, AACC (Built Design) Our student’s proposed design for the college’s Hospitality, Culinary and Tourism Programs new “Culinary Theatre” was approved, managed and installed by the students.
  • Logo Park Sign, Glen Burnie Town Center (Built Project) Student design contest, monetary awards to student and program.
  • Rosslare Community Entrance (Built Project) Student design, monetary awards to student and program.
  • Department of Natural Resources Grant for Sustainable Design Donated money for support of the department and awarded money to students for a design contest highlighting green design.
  • Hospice of Talbot County Our students decorate designer holiday trees that are auctioned off as a fundraiser.