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Henriksen, Zwickel win international design competition

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Seniors Kristen Henriksen and Morgan Zwickel won an international student design competition for their vision of a “learning commons” in a university library. This is the second time in three years that a Kansas State team from the Department of Interior Design has won award sponsored by the Interior Design Educators Council.

The team’s win came at the annual international conference of the Interior Design Educators Council in Atlanta.

The concept of the learning commons is a relatively new approach to creating libraries that meet the evolving needs of students in today’s digital age. “The project took place over two weeks. The first week was spent in researching current best practices in the design of university libraries,” Peggy Honey, associate professor, said. She and Carolyn Thompson, adjunct faculty in interior design, were faculty advisers on the project.

The students were then given an empty 3800 square foot  floor plan and only one week to design a flexible learning environment. Student designs were also required to address the issues of accessibility, sustainability, and all applicable building codes.

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This article was posted on Thursday, May 13, 2010, and is filed under Interior Design and Fashion Studies.