UTC interior design student wins 3rd place in national design competition

Sarah Woosley, an interior architecture and design student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, placed third in a national competition organized by the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

The NKBA Student Design Competition called on students to plan beautiful, safe and functional spaces, incorporating creative design statements and design solutions based on client requests and provided plans.

The draft scope for the NKBA contest focused on a fictional couple – Shawn and Jalen Hill – in Portland, Or., who purchased a forever home on the West Coast. They had a great view of the Pacific Ocean and wanted a design that could grow with them into retirement. The kitchen, although functionally ready to move into, was in dire need of a refresh; it was last updated in the early 2000s.

“That view of the Oregon coast was my biggest inspiration,” said Ms. Woosley, a 2007 graduate of Lebanon High School in Tennessee. “I like the idea of ​​being able to walk into something that I may have designed and see it from that angle.”

As well as the huge boost to her wallet by finishing third in a national competition, Ms. Woosley’s awards include:

A scholarship of $1,000;

Have your design featured in KBB Magazine, an official publication of the kitchen and bathroom industry;

Complimentary registration and tickets for the 2023 Kitchen & Bath Industry Expo in Las Vegas, including round-trip airfare and three nights hotel accommodation; and

Admission to the 2023 Design Awards ceremony, where it will be recognized for its achievements.


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