Thursday, June 12, 2014

Madona Cumar Named Winner of Interior Design Competition By Resource Furniture

Georgia Tech, Architecture for Humanity, and Resource Furniture to present Zero Energy Housing Design studio work at Dwell on Design, Los Angeles. Resource Furniture and Clei will be exhibiting at Dwell on Design, Booth #935. Dwell on Design takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, June 20-22.

Spring semester students in Georgia Tech’s School of Architecture Zero Energy Design Housing Studio (ZED-H) participated in a juried design competition hosted by Resource Furniture.

Twelve students researched demographics, selected a household typology, and submitted a detailed occupant narrative and comprehensive interior layouts and designs. The competition was judged by an experienced group of industry professionals ranking each submission in eight categories: Design Inspiration, Holistic Design, Space Planning, Interior & Architectural Design, Energy, Marketability, Documentation and Community Integration.

The winning student, Madona Cumar, Master of Architecture (M.Arch), College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, designed a fluid home she called Empty Nesters: A New Housing Option. Ms. Cumar’s design was a well-thought-out exploration of a household that would experience shifting needs over time. Her solution allows for efficient accommodation of the household as it grows, shrinks or changes, providing for community amenities, energy efficiency, and highly flexible spaces throughout the home.

Stephen Taul, Architectural Designer & Studio Advisor, Alix Ogilvie, Program Manager, Architecture for Humanity, and Lisa Blecker, Resource Furniture, will discuss this innovative program and present the students’ work on the GE Monogram Innovation Stage on Saturday, June 21 at 12:30 p.m.

This past academic year, ZED-H students explored the development of well-designed, ultra-low energy, cost effective urban housing by researching energy and design, material and spatial innovation, interior design/function and community design, thanks to a gift from Resource Furniture and funding by Alcoa Foundation and Architecture for Humanity.

The competition jury was comprised of Amanda Dameron, Editor-in-Chief, Dwell; Paul Makovsky, Editorial Director, Metropolis; Graham Hill, Founder, LifeEdited; Pierluigi Colombo, Architect, Lead Designer for Clei, Eric Bunge, Principal, nArchitects, Mark Ginsberg, Principal, Curtis + Ginsberg; Diana Budd, Editor, Dwell; Seth Weissman, Managing Partner, Weissman Equities; Matthew Weissman, Managing Partner, Weissman Equities; Gary Paul, Principal, GP Incorporated Design Consulting; Lara Appleton, Senior Designer, Peter Marino, Inc.; Pepin Gelardi, Co-Founder, Tomorrow Lab; Theodore Ullrich, Co-Founder, Tomorrow Lab; Laura Bohn, Laura Bohn Interior Design; Christopher Bledsoe, Founding Partner, Stage 3 Properties; Andrew Bledsoe, Founding Partner, Stage 3 Properties.

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