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NJIT Interior Design Program Has Two of Three East Regional Winners in 2012 IDEC Competition

Mary O'Haire and Nicole Zampolin

For the second consecutive year, the NJIT Interior Design program has two of three regional winners in the Annual Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Student Competition. This year’s two week project, entitled “Aids in South Africa,” asked students to identify the problems associated with the “Lost Generation” (the children who have lost one or both parents due to HIV/AIDS and are now left on their own) and propose a local design response that would help the community in some way, while still representing their culture and heritage.

The winning projects created by teams of students from the third year B.A. in Interior Design program, included “Africa’s Playtime” designed by Mary O’Haire (Little Falls, NJ) and Nicole Zampolin (River Vale, NJ) which used recycled local materials to create playground equipment and spaces in which children may play. The other winning NJIT entry, “Zulu Cultural Center” was a site-specific proposal designed by Peter Fritzky (New Milford, NJ), Tatiana Duarte (Elizabeth, NJ), and Nora Hamadé (Sparta, NJ). The NJIT IDEC Faculty Advisor is Prof. David Brothers, Coordinator of the Interior Design program. The team of critics that worked with the students included Brothers, Prof. Glenn Goldman, and third year design critics Adjunct Lorenzina Laera and Adjunct Linda Laucerica.

The winners will represent the East Region of IDEC which includes New Jersey as well as Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Washington, DC as well as the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. National judging will take place at the annual convention in Baltimore, MD on or about March 21.