For the second year in a row, students in the Department of Interior Architecture + Design dominated the Retail Design Institute’s (RDI) student national design competition. Congratulations to Emily Haynes, who received first place in the 2016 competition for her retail design
titled “FuelUp”. Third place went to Kristina Lara for her design for “Lux”. Both will be fourth year students when they return in August.
The goal of the RDI competition curriculum is to give educators a tool that helps students develop a process around how they solve design problems and it also is a way to encourage and recognize the emerging design talent. The Institute hopes that the competition is an effective way to interest students in the dynamic, consumer-focused, and strategic career of retail design.
The competition was part of a quick “charrette” type three-week project embedded in a studio class, in which fast-paced ideation is encouraged. Faculty member Steve Webber led students through this project in his Studio III class. Congratulations to these outstanding students!