Mississippi State Interior Design students take home honors at annual career day

March 28th, 2014 Comments Off on Mississippi State Interior Design students take home honors at annual career day

Junior Kindyl Black's hand rendering took first place at the ASID South Central Chapter Student Competition

Junior Kindyl Black’s hand rendering took first place at the ASID South Central Chapter Student Competition

Every spring, interior design students and faculty from Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi attend the American Society of Interior Designers South Central Career Day.

The agenda and location varies every year, but the conference for the South Central District, which includes 16 universities, always includes a keynote speaker, various seminars, mock interviews with portfolio reviews, and a student competition.

This year’s Career Day was held on February 22 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center in Hattiesburg.

Beth Miller, interim associate dean for the College of Architecture, Art and Design and director of the Interior Design program, said students really enjoyed hearing from various interior designers during a panel discussion this year. Panelists represented all different areas of the profession, including the in-house designer for Newk’s Eatery and MSU Interior Design Assistant Professor Lyndsey Miller, who represented education and also works as a designer primarily for a developer.

Students’ favorite part about the day, however, is the student competition. For the competition, students are able to submit up to three projects in sixteen different team and individual categories including Hand Rendering, Creative, Corporate Design, Residential Design (team and individual), Computer Generated Renderings, Hospitality (team and individual), Institutional Design (team and individual), Beginning Studio (team and individual), Portfolio, Retail and Sustainable Design (team and individual).  Winning projects are selected by a panel of judges the day of the event.

This year, MSU Interior Design students won 22 of 41 total awards, including first place individual wins in the Creative, Computer Generated Renderings and Retail categories. MSU swept the individual Hand Rendering and Hospitality categories as well as the team Institutional Design category.

Miller credits the group’s success with the fact that they are doing things that not many other programs are involved in, such as a relatively new furniture design class, computer renderings and hand renderings.

“I think it was evident that student work from MSU is high quality,” said Miller. “In the past few years, the MSU Interior Design Program has dominated the competition, and we expect to continue to do so.”

The following Mississippi State University Interior Design students won awards at the spring 2014 ASID South Central Student Competition (alphabetically by hometown)

AMORY – Alex Birkholz, a senior and daughter of Buddy and Mary Carlise, received honorable mention in the team Sustainable Design Category. Birkholz is a graduate of Amory High School.

BILOXI – Erin Bristol, a junior and daughter of Jerry and Kathy Bristol, received first place in the team Institutional Design Category. Bristol is a graduate of Biloxi High School.

BYRAM – Mackenzie Pettit, a junior and daughter of Timmy and Shelly Pettit, won third place in the Hand Rendering Category, honorable mention in the team Hospitality Category, and first place in the team Institutional Design Category. Pettit is a graduate of Terry High School.

CALHOUN CITY – Emily Hardin, a junior and daughter of Tony and Susan Hardin, won second place in the Hand Rendering Category, second place in Corporate Design, honorable mention in the team Hospitality Category, second place in individual Hospitality, and first place in the team Institutional Design Category. Hardin is a graduate of Calhoun City High School.

CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. – Lauren Henson, a senior and daughter of Glenn and Stacy Henson, won second place in the team Institutional Design Category. Henson is a graduate of Caruthersville High School.

CLINTON – Mary Clair Cardin, a senior and daughter of Tommie and Susan Cardin, won third place in the Portfolio Category. Cardin is a graduate of Clinton High School.

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. – Taylor Tillman, a junior and daughter of Chad and Kim Tillman, won third place in the individual Hospitality Categories and in the team Institutional Design Category. Tillman is a graduate of Briarcrest Christian High School.

CORDOVA, Tenn – Kate Berryman, senior and daughter of Mitch and Laura Berryman, received second place in the Retail Category and honorable mention in the team Sustainable Design Category. Berryman is a graduate of First Assembly Christian School.

EUPORA – Catherine Ross, a senior and daughter of Henry and Anne Ross, received second place in the Computer Generated Renderings Category and honorable mention in the team Sustainable Design Category. Ross is a graduate of Eupora High School.

HERNANDO – Emily Robinson, a junior and daughter of Jim and Kim Robinson, was a second place winner in the team Institutional Design Category. Robinson is a graduate of Center Hill High School in Olive Branch. Sunny Clements, a senior and daughter of Kevin and Kim Naugle, received honorable mention in the team Sustainable Design Category. Clements is a graduate of Hernando High School.

JACKSON – Ebbony Evans, a junior and daughter of Ruby Smith, won second place in the team Institutional Design Category. Evans is a graduate of Murrah High School. Marguerite Johnson, a junior and daughter of Bill and Hope Johnson, was a third place winner in the team Institutional Design Category. Brooke Ratliff, a junior and daughter of Earl and Faye Ratliff, won second place in the team Institutional Design Category. Anabel Wilson, a junior and daughter of Joy Stewart, won first place in the team Institutional Design Category. Wilson is a graduate of Jackson Preparatory School.

LOVELAND, Ohio – Sidney Ashmore, a junior and daughter of Jeffrey Ashmore Margaret King, won third place in the team Institutional Design Category.

MADISON – Mary Whitney Evins, junior and daughter of Chip and Tammy Evins, received third place in the Corporate Design Category. Evins is a graduate of Madison Central High School. Molly Mullet, a senior and daughter of Bonita Sturgis, won second place in the Portfolio Category. Mullet is a graduate of Madison Central High School.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Mackenzie Neel, a senior and daughter of Stacey Neel, won first place in the Retail Category and second place in the Creative Category. Neel is a graduate of Evangelical Christian School.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Kindyl Black, daughter of Tony and Cheryl Black, won first place in the Hand Rendering Category, first place in the individual Hospitality Category and first place in the team Institutional Design Category. Black is a graduate of Blackman High School. Caroline Riley, a junior and daughter of David and Donna Riley, won third place in the team Institutional Design Category. Riley is a graduate of Middle Tennessee Christian School.

STAR – Cristen Richard, a junior and daughter of Clyde and Michelle Richard, won first place in the Computer Generated Renderings Category. She was also a second place winner in the team Institutional Design Category. Richard graduated from Murrah High School in Jackson.

WEIR – Shadow Cox, a senior and daughter of Johnny and Teri Cox, won first place in the Creative Category for her sculpture. Cox is a graduate of Weir Attendance Center.

YAZOO CITY – Jennifer Potter, a junior and daughter of Belinda Poe, won third place in the Residential Design Category. Potter is a graduate of Manchester Academy.

View winning projects by category.

Read the story on MSU’s website.

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