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Students in the Architecture and Interior Design department often participate in design contests and real projects that expose them 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.

Student Design Competition

Architecture students won national awards in the Coalition of Community College Architecture Programs (CCCAP) 2016 Student Design Competition. AACC was the only college to win more than one award.

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.

Interior Design Program Wins National Awards

Our interior design program was honored with two national awards by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).

American Institute of Architects 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 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 (Built Design)!

The Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County awarded our student chapter ASID the “Innovation Award of 2007” for the work completed at Sarah’s House; a shelter for battered, homeless women and their children.

ASID Chapter National Award Winner!

The American Society of Interior Designers honored our ASID chapter with a “Fundraiser of the Year” award.

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.