Interior Design Students Take Top Honors at National Competition

OGDEN, Utah – Two Weber State University interior design technology students earned top honors at the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s 2003 Student Design Competition for their outstanding kitchen designs.

Senior Sandra Oliva and sophomore Jean Sharp, both of Ogden, took first and second place, respectively, in the competition held earlier this month. In addition, senior Nicole Carlson, of Kaysville, received an honorable mention for her entry.

The NKBA Student Design Competition registered 68 entries from the United States and Canada. A panel of three judges from the kitchen and bath industry scored each entry based on functional use of space, innovative design solutions, professional presentation and an overall aesthetic statement.

         "Our students work very hard at understanding the nuances of interior design. When you look at the schools we were competing against and the number of designs submitted, it really says a lot about the caliber of our students and their skills," said Jan Slabaugh, interior design professor at WSU.

WSU offers an associate degree in Interior Design Technology or a bachelor’s degree in Technical Sales with an Interior Design emphasis. Interior designers are taught how to solve problems in both residential and commercial spaces by applying their knowledge of aesthetics, construction technology, business, space planning, furnishings, and equipment to improve the quality of life and increase production.

 The National Kitchen & Bath Association, sponsor of the competition, is the largest trade association in the kitchen/bathroom industry. It aims to assist consumers who are in the market for a new kitchen or bathroom by providing top quality training to member firms in the area of business management, design and installation.

Jan Slabaugh, interior design professor
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