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AACC Interior Design Students Chosen for Competition

Dec. 1, 2011
Education

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      Anne Arundel Community College’s Interior Design program was one of five Maryland and Virginia colleges and universities selected to compete in a student design show house competition at the Washington Design Center in Washington, D.C.

      The inaugural “MADE: In America Student Design House” competition showcases rooms created by teams from two- and four-year schools. Students were challenged to “interpret classic American interior design for the 21st Century” and design rooms using American-made furniture from manufacturers that won the summer WDC “MADE: In America” furniture competition.

      AACC, which swept the summer furniture competition with three blue ribbons, was selected to design the largest of the student design house rooms – the living room. That space was sponsored by Century Furniture, winner of the 2011 BEST: Made in America Award. Students in the AACC “Commercial Design Studio” class taught by Dimitra Tangires, interior design faculty member, submitted six designs that were judged by a team of Washington, D.C. design professionals. Judges selected the design, “An American Century,” created by Tracy McGuinness of Annapolis.

      “Design student Tracy McGuinness has created a living room that fully realizes the ideal of American design for the 21st century,” said James DeLorbe, MADE: in America chairman and president.

      McGuinness underscored the importance of the experience. “Student design work is rarely executed, so AACC’s involvement with the MADE: in America student design house venue is a valuable design opportunity,” she said.

      The living room design was brought to life by McGuinness and her “Commercial Design Studio” classmates under the guidance of Tangires. The project included pieces from Century Furniture.

      “Both MADE: in America and Century Furniture, winner of the 2011 BEST: Made in America Award, are pleased that her design serves as the most recent expression of the idealized ‘All American Room’ first created by Century Furniture at the Washington Design Center in July 2011,” DeLorbe said.

      Students of Tangires’ “Materials and Methods” class staged and painted the entry room to the entire show house and staged a display on AACC’s Architecture and Interior Design Program, which highlights past student awards and works.

      “Integrating real-life learning with the curriculum is a key element of AACC’s highly competitive Interior Design program, which helps students launch successful careers in the design field,” Tangires said.

      “AACC’s Interior Design program closely ranks among the best in the nation,” said DeLorbe. “Architecture and Interior Design department chair Michael Ryan and Tangires have an unsurpassed commitment to preparing the next generation of design professionals.”

      In addition to AACC, participating Student Design House schools were George Washington University, Howard University, James Madison University and Montgomery College.

      The public may visit the Student Design House weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., now through Jan. 31. The Design House is located at the Washington, D.C. Design Center on the concourse level at 300 D Street SW. For information, on the show house, call 202-646-6100 or go online.

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