Compiled by Jenna Lippin and Karina Campos
Daltile, in partnership with the American Society of Interior
Designers (ASID) Foundation and
the Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation
Center, has named Baileigh Petty,
a senior at Utah State University
majoring in Interior Design, as the
grand prize winner of the sixth annual
Daltile Interior Design Scholarship.
Petty’s design was chosen by a
panel of experts from the design industry and beyond. She received
the honor in November with her $10,000 scholarship prize.
This year’s design challenge for the Daltile competition was to
reimagine the Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center using Daltile
products and incorporating components from Fitwel, a leading
certification system that optimizes buildings to support health, to
create a stimulating, comfortable, and futuristic space for employees.
The task was to evaluate the entire Innovation Center space and find
areas of opportunity throughout the floor plan to be redesigned to
increase occupant health and comfort while adhering to a $25,000 to
$50,000 budget range.
Petty’s winning concept transformed the Center’s recharge room,
a space for employees to take a break from work, eat healthy
snacks, and network with their colleagues in a comfortable, informal
environment. Her design integrated a variety of products from Daltile,
focusing on a predominantly neutral color palette.
Her main goal, she told interiors+sources, was to incorporate
the paramount elements of Fitwel into her design. “I chose to focus
on the kitchen area because I thought that would be the best way
to incorporate those [health factors]. I concentrated on eating and
drinking choices and overall well-being in the space. My inspiration
was more nature and natural materials and I wanted to incorporate
the Booz Allen Hamilton colors and brand identity. I pulled it all
together by bringing in plants to incorporate the Fitwel healthy
environment and overall user health as well as the colors and feeling
of being in nature. Studies show people have better attitudes and
improved well-being in nature.”
In pursuing her design career after she graduates, Petty said
she hopes to work with a larger design firm that focuses on the
commercial market. Yet, she is open to different opportunities that
may come her way. “[Last] summer I worked for a high-end residential
firm and seeing how things work on that side made me decide I want
to [work in] commercial because you have less limitations,” she said.
“Commercial interests me a little bit more because of that. I don’t
have anything holding me back so I can see myself going [anywhere].
I am definitely excited to get out in the real world.”
Baileigh Petty, winner of the Daltile Interior
Petty received her $10,000 award in November at the Daltile Philadelphia Design
Studio. From left are Brinda Sen Gupta of the Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center,
Tiffany Kernan of the ASID foundation, Petty, and Gaby Goodman of Daltile.
Petty’s juice bar concept for the Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center reflects
making healthy food choices to promote overall well-being. Visuals illustrating natural
materials and colors as well as bright tones help boost end user energy.