Design Excellence Award Winners

Eco-friendliness and green energy utility flowed through themes of the second annual American Society of Interior Designers Awards for Educators. Diane Alexander and Rex Spencer won the Commercial Design award. Instructors at the Art Institute of Houston in Texas, their design for an office space combined Asian themes of peacefulness, using subdued light encompassing local furniture with flowing sustaining curves.

Two interior designer educators from the Art Institute of Houston, Diane Alexander and Tamie Glass, shared the Residential



Design Award as co-winners. Instructor Alexander subtly coordinated furnishings for playfulness and multi-sensory stimulation in her design of living space for a Down Syndrome Child.

Professor Glass reached back into Bauhaus structures to extend the original forms of a mountain villa. The new roof terrace and open continuous spaces gave contemporary definition to the cantilevered kitchen island, while feature broad expanses of glazed glass poured open air into the bedrooms with full room-separating curtains.

Eric Wiedegreen, interior design professor at Florida State University, Tallahassee, received the Commercial Design Honorable Mention for his theme on 1960s Herman Miller styling. Instructor Ronnie Whitman, of The Art Institute of California – Orange County, received the Residential Design Honorable Mention for her Zen treatment redesign of a Mid-Century 1966 home.

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