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Interior design students bring home brass ring awards

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

MANHATTAN -- Two interior design students at Kansas State University received top awards for their designs in the 2005 Brass Ring Awards, a national exhibition of student design sponsored annually by Oklahoma Christian University.

Jessica Richardson, Andover, junior in interior design, placed second in the corporate design division. She also received a Silver Best of Show Award. Richardson's design consisted of an alternative corporate office space for a London-based exporter of Argentinean wines. Richardson said the innovative design had to provide a central location that was highly technological and mobile for the company's buyers and sellers.

Amy Gowens, Wichita, senior in interior design, placed first in the corporate and health care divisions for her interior designs of a wine exporter's headquarters and a pediatric center. She also received a Gold Best of Show award.

"As we progressed through the project, the general process could be described as programming, schematics, design drawings, and then we created presentation boards to display our drawings and finish selections," Gowens said.

The competition included more than 800 entries from students at 30 schools and universities. Both Gowens and Richardson entered their designs under the direction of Migette Kaup, K-State assistant professor of apparel, textiles and interior design.

"Both Amy and I were asked to submit photos of our final project boards to the competition along with short answer questions about our design concepts, how we solved the design problem and special areas of focus," Richardson said.

Entries were submitted in February and the awards were presented Saturday, April 2, at Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City.

This article was posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2005, and is filed under Apparel, Textiles, & Interior Design.