WSU Professorís Design Project Honored with AIA Award
Barbara Chamberlain, WSU Spokane/WSU News Service, 509/358-7527, 509/869-2949 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org
The Small Project Practitioners Knowledge Community is comprised of AIA members who share an interest in small project work and have a desire to collaborate to deepen their understanding of such ventures.
Brownís project, Murphy Residence, was one of nine selected from more than 80 submissions representing a wide range of project types, styles, scales, and construction values, including commercial, whimsical, traditional, and cutting-edge.
The project involved the design of a new home for an artist and her child, which was characterized by the concept of sanctuary.
ďThe goals for the client were to create a timeless place with contrasting contemporary and historic elements, modest in scale, with space for the exhibition of a growing art collection,Ē said Brown.
She looked close to home for inspiration, using as a model a quiet, modest barn, such as can be found on any rolling hill of the Palouse. Her design featured open, unobstructed social spaces and defined and enclosed private spaces, each with active, purposeful storage.
The jury, which consisted of members of the AIA Committee on Design Advisory Group, lauded the elegant simplicity and crisp and expressive forms of Brownís solution. One jury comment read, ďWell defined, wonderful private and public space for both members of the household. A lucky mom and child to share these thoughtful spaces. The client/architect cooperation is apparent and admired.Ē
Brown received her award certificate during the awards program at the 2005 AIA National Convention in
Brown holds bachelorís degrees in science and architecture from WSU and a masterís degree in architecture from
The interior design program at WSU was ranked eighth in the nation in 2005 by Design Intelligence magazine in its annual survey of design professionals. The program is the only undergraduate program in
WSU offers what is believed to be the nationís only articulated bachelorís/masterís degree program in interior design, allowing students to complete both degrees in five years with an intensive course of study. Undergraduate interior design students begin their studies at the Pullman campus, and complete the third and fourth years of their program in
There they study with students in architecture, construction management and landscape architecture at the Interdisciplinary Design Institute. The design institute advances knowledge to enhance the quality of people's lives in the built and natural environment through interdisciplinary instruction, research and community service in design and construction.
The design instituteís scholarship focuses particularly on the interactions of people and place; history, theory, and criticism; and service learning through community design projects. Faculty and students at the design institute regularly win state, national, and international design competitions for their work.
WSU Spokane is the urban campus of
--Interior Design Program: www.spokane.wsu.edu/academic/design/interior_design_overview.asp
--Interdisciplinary Design Institute: www.idi.spokane.wsu.edu
--WSU Interior Design Program Ranked Among Nationís Top 10 (Jan. 6, 2005): wsunews.wsu.edu/detail.asp?StoryID=4960