By Chris Curtland | Photography courtesy of ASID
The event at Georgia’s Savannah College
of Art and Design was a great success.
Nearly 250 students recently joined ASID for a sold out weekend of thought leadership, collaboration, and professional development. “It unleashed the power of design and we
couldn’t be more thrilled with the results,” said ASID CEO
Randy Fiser. “The students learned about the career paths
available with an interior design degree, and gained valuable
insights on resumes, portfolios, networking, and transition-
ing from student design to practice.”
The overall goal of the event was to stir and stimulate
the students, and Saturday’s keynote speaker Primo Orpilla,
principal and co-founder of Studio O+A, did that by telling
students to engage with whatever inspires them. “There’s
no reason why your workspace can’t look like your favorite
bar as long as it has the functionality you need,” he said.
“See art, go to a junkyard, or take a walk.”
The other way to accomplish this? “Get involved,”
suggested Friday’s keynote speaker Brooke Traeger-
Tumsaroch, design director at AvroKO. “However you
can—doing community outreach, reaching out to schools
or past professors, and being open to whatever comes
your way. Be open, and amazing things will happen.”
A select few students were involved in the Student
Portfolio Competition. Judges made selections based on
concept, content, and context, and generated a group of
finalists who epitomized the spirit of the competition in
originality, ingenuity, and creativity. Zijian Wang and Zhaoqi
Su of Indiana University were awarded internships from
Gensler and HKS Architects respectively, while Rebecca
Thompson of Florida State University and Yiyun Luo of
Drexel University received honorable mentions. The Grand
Prize winner was Leigh Ann Soistmann of Virginia Tech.
“All of the finalists had some really great work,” Soistmann
said. “I’m excited to get started and work on a real project and
see it through from the start to the actual space. I’m very inspired
by something that will be affecting the human experience.”
BELOW The Grand Prize winner of the Student Portfolio
Competition, Leigh Ann Soistmann of Virginia Tech, presents
the inspiration behind her design. She'll also be honored at
the annual ASID awards gala, Celebration, on July 16, 2016.
Students were inspired by Saturday's Keynote Primo Orpilla, principal and founder at Studio Q+A in San Francisco. Primo spoke about the convergence of project types to LAUNCH attendees.
finalists take the stage at LAUNCH. Judges
made their selections based on concept,
content, and context, generating a group of
finalists who epitomized the spirit of the
competition in originality, ingenuity, and creativity.
"We are ASID!" chants LAUNCH
attendees as they pose for the
pre-event reception photo.
Attendees kick off their LAUNCH
experience with an ASID and
SCAD welcome followed by the
opening keynote, Brooke Traeger-Tumsaroch, design director at
AvroKO in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Student ASID, earned
a free ticket to LAUNCH
for winning the ASID
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