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Interior design student places first in national competition

Thursday, January 27, 2005

MANHATTAN -- A Kansas State University interior design student received first place in the National Kitchen and Bath Association's 2004/2005 Student Design Competition.

Senior Audrey Koehn, Hillsboro, was chosen out of 127 applicants from across the country for her design of a kitchen remodel.

"My design consisted of a contemporary space emphasizing the major bayside view, which was one of the given facts of the competition," Koehn said.

Koehn's entry, which took more than two months to design, was a final project for her kitchen and bath design course in spring 2004. Students were given the option to submit their designs to the competition.

Koehn is a member of K-State's American Society of Interior Designers Student Chapter, International Interior Design Association Student Chapter, and the National Kitchen and Bath Association Student Chapter. She also belongs to the Golden Key International Honor Society. Koehn plans to graduate in May and said she wants to find a job in an architectural firm focusing on space planning. She is the daughter of
Robert and Rita Loewen, also of Hillsboro.

The competition, sponsored by American Woodmark Corporation, was created to provide national recognition to students for their abilities to design exceptional kitchens, bathrooms and other spaces. Five National Kitchen and Bath Association certified members judged the entries on safety, functional use of space, innovative design solutions, professional presentation and overall aesthetic statement.

The award includes a trip to the National Kitchen and Bath Association's Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, May 9-12, in Las Vegas, where Koehn will receive her award and cash prize.

This article was posted on Thursday, January 27, 2005, and is filed under Apparel, Textiles, & Interior Design.