Press Release / April 29, 2015

Four SCAD students to be recognized with seven honors at International Design Awards

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) students Angie Tran (B.F.A., interior design; B.F.A., furniture design), Van Ha Dang (B.F.A., interior design), Jordan Davis (M.Arch; B.F.A., architecture, 2014), and Tara Headley (M.F.A., interior design; B.F.A., interior design, 2012) will be recognized with Gold honors at the 8th International Design Awards (IDA) on May 4, 2015 in Los Angeles.

The annual competition recognizes legendary design visionaries and uncovers emerging talent in architecture, interior, product, graphic and fashion design on a global level. The SCAD entries that earned Gold recognition are:

Student Interior Design, Renovation Category – The Market at Marta

Tran, Ha Dang and Davis, along with two team members from other universities, earned a Gold IDA for “The Market at Marta.” Developed during the team’s summer 2014 internship at the Atlanta office of Gensler, the project was part of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority’s (MARTA) process of understanding the long-term potential for the redevelopment of air rights at four MARTA stations. The team proposed “The Market at Marta” to enlighten the experience of the user through iconic expression and street activation where commuters and those who live and work around Midtown Atlanta would be engaged. The concept consisted of four levels – Grab & Go, The Fresh Market, The Gallery and The Terrace. Each level was designed to develop curiosity as one moves up in the space.

Student Interior Design, Commercial Category – Caribbean Cultural Center

Headley will receive a Gold IDA for her entry. The United States is home to 3.5 million immigrants from the Caribbean, and this Center is a place where Caribbean natives can come together and reconnect with their heritage. The facility exists to celebrate and appreciate Caribbean art, food, products, music and dance. Headley worked to capture the feeling of West Indian culture by celebrating characteristics that make life in the English-speaking Caribbean unique. The interior palette is inspired by carnival costumes, bright lights and colors, and the space uses the movements of dance to dictate design elements.

Student Product Design, Sustainable Living/Environmental Preservation/Rural Sustainable Design – Disaster Relief

Tran’s individual entry in this category earned a Gold IDA. With “Disaster Relief,” Tran offered a solution to the annual flooding in central northern Vietnam. She designed a modular stool to be low cost, easy to manufacture and assemble, portable, transformable and sustainable. The material selections took advantage of local resources: Dendrocalamus Barbatus bamboo and Inox 304. The project bridges the humanitarian and aesthetic aspects of furniture design.

“The recognition of so many SCAD projects provides yet another outside endorsement of both the extraordinary student talent and excellent teaching that takes place at SCAD,” said Christian Sottile, dean of the school of building arts at SCAD. “This achievement also underscores the strength of SCAD’s interdisciplinary approach and our focus on preparing talented students for professional creative careers. SCAD students learn in stimulating environments that emphasize the importance of interdisciplinary knowledge, collaboration and innovative thinking.”

Additional IDA Honors

In the student interior design competition, Tran earned a Bronze IDA in the Commercial category for her entry “Avant Garde Sole Struck” while Headley won a Bronze IDA for her “Q. Complex” entry in the Student Interior Design, Other category.

In the student product design competition, the “Disaster Relief” entry also earned a Silver IDA in the Other Product Designs category. Tran also earned a Bronze IDA for her Posture Sofa entry in the Office Equipment (Furnishings/Modules) category.

IDA juries examined more than 1,000 entries submitted by architects and designers of interiors, fashion, products and graphics from 52 countries. The juries rewarded the best professional and emerging designers for their achievements in terms of design, creativity, usability and innovation. Judging was a rigorous process, with winners receiving publication of their work in the International Design Awards Book of Designs.

A handful of designers, thinkers, and entrepreneurs created the International Design Awards in 2007 as a response to the lack of recognition and celebration for smart and sustainable multidisciplinary design.

SCAD: The University for Creative Careers

The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited university, offering more than 100 academic degree programs in 41 majors at locations in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia; Hong Kong; Lacoste, France; and online via SCAD eLearning.

SCAD enrolls nearly 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 100 countries. SCAD’s innovative curriculum is enhanced by advanced, professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources, as well as opportunities for internships, professional certifications and collaborative projects with corporate partners. In 2014, the prestigious Red Dot Design Rankings placed SCAD in the top ten universities in the Americas and Europe. Career preparation is woven into every fiber of the university, resulting in a superior alumni placement rate. In a survey of Spring 2013 SCAD graduates, 93 percent of respondents reported being employed, pursuing further education, or both, within 10 months of graduation.

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