AUBURN – A team of Auburn University interior design students, competing in the Interior Design Educators Council 2012 National Student Design Competition for the first time, earned first place for its design of an art therapy center.
More than 300 students from 45 institutions across the country were challenged to identify the problems faced by South Africa’s “Lost Generation,” the children who have lost one or both of their parents to HIV/AIDS, such as safe housing, education and access to healthcare. Student teams chose one aspect of a problem and developed a design response located within their country, while representing their culture and heritage.
Lindsay Mercer, Savannah Roberts and Shellie Sauls won the top prize with a proposal called “Canvas” for an art therapy center for the children.
AUBURN – For the annual survey, “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools 2012,” DesignIntelligence magazine has ranked Auburn University’s undergraduate Interior Design program in the College of Human Sciences as best in the nation and Industrial Design and Architecture programs in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction in the nation’s top 20 degree programs in their fields.
Based on interior design programs accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, Auburn was ranked number one in the nation along with Savannah College of Art and Design.
“Being ranked number one is a testament to the efforts that both faculty and students have made to ensure that our graduates are indeed prepared for the professional world,” said Carol Warfield, head of the Department of Consumer Affairs.