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AACC Interior Design Students Win National Awards

| December 20, 2013, 10:57 AM | 3 Comments
ames DeLorbe, CEO of MADE: In America applauds Cathy Terranova of Annapolis for her recent award in the national MADE: In America Lighting Design Competition.

James DeLorbe, CEO of MADE: In America applauds Cathy Terranova of Annapolis for her recent award in the national MADE: In America Lighting Design Competition.

Four Anne Arundel Community College interior design students won awards recently in the national MADE: in America Lighting Design Competition sponsored by Maryland’s award-winning furniture and lighting company, Niermann Weeks.

Katherine Houchins-Holsclaw of Denton won first place for her Crystalaria Lantern. Inspired by ocean forms, the fixture is a graceful pirouette of crystals suspended from a metal lattice work evoking a seashell. Receiving honorable mention awards were Devon C. Dickens of Temple Hills for Sans De’Faunt Chandelier, a cascade of metal and glass leaves from which tiers of glass beads are suspended; Kim Sullivan of Annapolis for Laurel Leaf Chandelier, an elegant and timeless pendant; and Cathy Terranova of Annapolis for Regency Trellis Sconce, inspired by a Neoclassical garden bench.  All four were enrolled in AACC’s “Construction Detailing” (ACH 204) course, taught by Dimitra Tangires, AACC instructor of architecture and interior design.

The design story boards of all the students participating in the competition were displayed in an invitational exhibition of select student work at Chicago NeoCon 2013 this past June at the Merchandise Mart. Also included in the exhibition were award-winning designs by AACC students participating in earlier MADE: In America design competitions and in other competitions sponsored by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), American Institute of Architecture Students and National Kitchen and Bath Association. More than 40,000 design professionals and industry executives attended the event.

Following Chicago NeoCon, Niermann-Weeks sponsored the AACC exhibition in conjunction with the inaugural All American House created by MADE: In America in cooperation with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Students were invited to a special event at Woodlawn that will be featured in Home and Design Magazine. The show house took place at Woodlawn, a historic home in Fairfax, Va., operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

AACC’s Architecture and Interior Design program offers an Associate of Applied Science degree with options in Architecture, Construction Management and Interior Design and certificates in Interior Design, Advanced Interior Design, Architectural CAD, Architectural Illustration, Construction Management, Construction Management Entrepreneurship and Landscape Architecture. For information, call 410-777-2442 or visit

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