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AACC Interior Design Students Earn Regional Honors

Nov. 11, 2011

      Anne Arundel Community College interior design students won first and second place in the annual Chesapeake Home and Living and American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) awards for exceptional design.

      Ashby Walsh Williams of Annapolis took first place for her Eastern Shore Retreat window treatment and Sophie C. Honeywell of Crownsville took second place for De Kooning’s “February” Screen, both in the Design Element category of the student competition.

      Design is a second career for both women. Williams, a first-year AACC student enrolled in a degree program, worked in communications for a nonprofit organization before deciding to pursue her interest in interior design. While working in a furniture showroom in Washington, D.C., her interest grew into a passion. As part of “Introduction to Interior Design” (ACH 100) , Williams’ design is a window treatment she created for a client who wanted her son’s room to double as a guest room while he was away at college.

      Honeywell, who has a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University and worked as an assistant store manager for Gucci in Boston and Salvatore Ferragamo in New York City, hopes to use her skills in management, customer service and display as she switches her career to interior design. She is in her second year at AACC and expects to earn her degree after the fall 2012 term. Her design was based on her final exam project for “Textiles and Textile Applications” (ACH 105) to create a work of fine art out of textiles. She was inspired by a Willem De Kooning painting, “February” and wove fabric into wire poultry net to form a screen that resembled that painting.

      The awards were announced in the October/November issue of Chesapeake Home and Living magazine. AACC’s Architecture and Interior Design program, which has had award winners for at least the last five years, offers both instruction and hands-on experience on real-life projects, such as renovations or structures for nonprofit groups or government agencies. The program includes Associate of Applied Science degrees in Architecture, Construction Management and Interior Design, as well as certificates in Advanced Interior Design, Architectural CAD (Computer-aided design), Architectural Illustration, Construction Management, Construction Management Entrepreneurship, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture Design.

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