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AACC Earns Top National, State Design Awards

Sept. 1, 2010

            Anne Arundel Community College students and faculty took top awards in national and state competitions this summer.

            At the national American Society of Interior Designers’ (ASID) meeting, AACC interior design student Kristin Hart of Arnold received the ASID Student Representative of the Board Award for her outstanding service as the student representative on the Maryland ASID Chapter Board of Directors. Hart’s award is the first national individual award won by the AACC ASID Student Chapter.

She organized several high-profile events such as a student career day open to other college students. Hart has won two first-place ASID ChesapeakeHome awards for her designs, worked at the Washington Design Center, took the lead in the new AACC Designer House Calls fundraiser and was a positive force on the Maryland board. The AACC ASID Student Chapter also won the most awards of any student chapters in the country for the second year in a row.

Dimitra M. Tangires of Easton, instructor in AACC’s architecture and interior design program, received Honorable Mention as the national 2009-2010 Faculty Representative of the Year. She was recognized for her commitment to students and the design profession and for her dedication to the AACC ASID Student Chapter, for which she is the faculty adviser.

            At the state level, two AACC architecture students were honored at the first-ever state American Institute of Architects awards for community colleges. Meredith Battan of Millersville was one of two students in the state to receive the two $500 first-place awards for her design presentation of a home. Taylor Manley of Gambrills won a special citation of merit for his rendering of a building. All of the projects will be exhibited at the 2010 Annual Meeting and Design Awards in September.

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