CPTC Interior Design Students take home all the awards

LAKEWOOD, Wash. – Three Clover Park Technical College students took home the top prizes at the 2012 National Kitchen and Bath Association Puget Sound Chapter Student Design Competition.

Brandon Riem won the prize for Best Kitchen or Bathroom Design, which came with a $500 scholarship. The prize was awarded to Riem who had the best score from three certified kitchen and bathroom designers. His concept was judged on visual appeal, creativity and adhering to required guidelines.

“I’ve always liked art and design, but what drives me to design is expression,” said Riem. “A lot of my design work is personal and relates to my life.”

SharaEppert won an honorable mention award for going above and beyond on her design, which came with a $250 scholarship.

“It was worth it. All the hard work was worth it,” said Eppert. “I would say, if others have the chance, to at least try. I feel like winning showed that I’m doing something and I might actually be good at it.”

“This showed that what we are being taught is up to par,” said Riem. “The fact that all three of us won from the same school says something about our school, our teachers and program.”

Finally, Lara Sisco won the Most Inspirational award, which came with an iPad. Her award was given based on receiving the most votes from the NKBA.

“This last quarter was a really tough term for me, but this competition was important to me. I wanted to choose to do something and see it through,” said Sisco. “Our teacher told us this really showed we had the chutzpah to step forward and represent ourselves and our school. That was important to me.”

“Design competitions take a lot of extra time and effort. Lara, Brandon and Shara showed they are willing to go above and beyond by giving this competition all they could, and it paid off,” said Julie Watts, interior design instructor at CPTC. “The honor of being awarded in the NKBA Student Design Competition will be a ‘feather in their caps’ as they go on to the job search or pursue higher education.”

The students were awarded and recognized in front of peers and professionals in the industry at the NKBA Puget Sound Chapter’s 35th Anniversary Celebration at the Seattle Design Center on Oct. 12.

“I believe their endeavors have inspired other students to enter future competitions,” said Watts. “We already knew we had a great interior design program here at CPTC, but it was great that these students received recognition from NKBA for being amongst the best student designers in the area!”

Students from Bellevue College, Highline Community College, and The Art Institute of Seattle also participated in the competition.