Friday, April 03

Brookdale Newsroom

Interior Design Students Excel in Lighting Competition

Three students from Brookdale emerged as third place winners in the 2013 Design with Light Competition. Diane Fanshel, Shannon Magnotta, and Jackie Currie-Taylor vied alongside competitors from four-year schools such as Parsons, Penn State University, and Texas Tech University.

Fanshel, Manotta and Currie-Taylor, and Professor Celeste Chirichello attended and awards ceremony at Light Fair in Philadelphia on April 24. Students received a cash prize of $350 dollars and a certificate.

Brookdale entered four projects in the competition, which they worked diligently on throughout the spring semester. There were 23 groups that participated in the competition.

Professor Chirichello said that this is the first time the students from her INTD 256 Lighting and Building Systems for Interior Designers class entered this competition, and she used the opportunity to enhance the course curriculum.

“Usually, I have the students use a space from Studio I for their Lighting project but this semester I saw this competition,” said Chirichello. “I told the students it would be a challenge due to the time constraints, but they were all up for it. The competition became part of their course requirement.”

According to Chirichello, Interior design students have won many awards in various competitions over the years; and this achievement in the genre of lighting ads to many past successes for the department.

Interior design student, Currie-Taylor expressed excitement at her group’s feat and noted that their hard work certainly paid off. “Although the competition was specifically about lighting, we were able to combine our knowledge of lighting with the principles of interior design learned during our studies at Brookdale,” she said. “We would particularly like to thank Celeste and Trent for their guidance.”

By: Elicia Phillips, student contributor