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IIDA ANNOUNCES 2007 STUDENT SUSTAINABLE DESIGN COMPETITION WINNERS

May 8, 2007, Chicago, IL –The International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Metropolis Magazine and Tricycle are pleased to announce the winners of the fifth annual Student Sustainable Design Competition. The competition was created to celebrate and encourage sustainable design and thinking and awarded individuals who demonstrated consistent, creative incorporation and understanding of sustainable principles.

IIDA Headquarters received submissions from across the United States, Canada and Europe. The Best of Competition winner was Jennifer Rheaume, Student IIDA, from Endicott College for her project entitled “Whitford Oncology and Hematology Center.” In addition to a trip to GreenBuild 2007, will receive a $750 cash award to support her design education. An Award of Excellence, $500, was awarded Nicole Goulet from Washington State University for her rendering “Urban Incubator.” Honorable Mention was awarded to: Meera P. Bahukutumbi with the International Academy of Design and Technology Chicago for “Green Leaf Fitness Center”; Yong-Chan Kim of the Academy of Art University-San Francisco for the project “Taliesin West”; and Tami Clark of Canada College for her rendering "Campsite Summer Vacation Home.” All winners will be featured in the spring edition of Custom, the IIDA student newsletter, and will also be featured on the website www.iida.org.

“The IIDA Student Sustainable Design Competition helps promote to future designers awareness and knowledge of interior design strategies that reduce negative impacts on our natural environment and improve the health and well being of all people,” said Cheryl Durst, LEED AP, IIDA CEO/EVP. “We are happy to see a growing number of Interior Design Instructors sharing our concern and incorporating Sustainability into their curricula. It is important that Students learn early on what materials are most effective when implementing Sustainable design solutions.”

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The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) works to enhance quality of life through excellence in interior design and to advance interior design through knowledge, value and community.

IIDA is a professional networking and educational association of 12,000 Members in nine specialty Forums, nine Regions, and more than 30 Chapters around the world. Additional information is available on IIDA’s website www.iida.org.