Recent Interior Design MFA graduate Tony Purvis has been awarded two prominent awards in design. Purvis has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 American Society of Interior Designer’s (ASID) Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award and the 2013 Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) Student Paper Award.
The ASID Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award is given annually by the ASID Educational Foundation to recognize an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student’s interior design research or thesis project. Entries were judged on content, breadth of material, comprehensive coverage of topic, innovative subject matter, and the quality of the bibliography and references.
Tony’s thesis was titled “Conflict Resolution and the Interior Built Environment: Design Considerations for Consensus Building.” In the course of the study, which involved surveys and interviews with 476 members of the Association for Conflict Resolution (North America’s largest dispute professional trade organization), eight ideal characteristics of spaces supportive for conflict mediation purposes were identified. Future studies intend to develop a practical tool for dispute professionals to use onsite to assess and modify spaces for this purpose.
Concerning the EDRA Student Paper Award, EDRA states:
[quote]We seek the best student work for these awards: thought-provoking research and forward-thinking design concepts that exemplify EDRA’s principles. The awards program is a fantastic opportunity for students to receive recognition for their work, move forward in their thesis or dissertation writing, and contribute to the body of knowledge and practice that makes EDRA the leader in environmental design research.[/quote]
The FSU College of Fine Arts and its Department of Interior Architecture and Design wish to congratulate Tony for all of his wonderful achievements!