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STLCC-Meramec Student Wins at IIDA Charette

June 26, 2013

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Juan Devia, an interior design student at St. Louis Community College-Meramec, was a member of the first-place team at the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) NeoCon 2013 Student Design Charette, held June 11 in Chicago, Ill.

The Student Design Charette divides participants from around the country into teams. Each team receives the same design challenge and time limit, with the goal of designing a solution.

Each team's task was to design a new North Lobby for the Merchandise Mart that would provide an area for relaxation, or better called a quiet area, a reception area, workplaces and a place for meetings.

“Everything had to be done in six hours -- with no computers or any digital help -- and had to be presented to the judges in one board by the end of the day,” Devia said.

In addition to Devia, the winning team included Heather Nyc, Illinois State University; Elizabeth Young, Purdue University; Moeko Hara, New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University; and Chelsea Hughes, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. The team shared a $1,000 first prize.

“It was a very interesting experience. I met great people, all of them had different ideas, but a clear and uncluttered mind that helped us to focus on what we were doing," Devia said.

St. Louis Community College was the only community college and only school from Missouri participating in the competition.

Devia is currently an intern at Space Architecture and Design in St. Louis. He returns to STLCC-Meramec this fall, and expects to graduate in December. He has high praise for the Interior Design program.

“They have taught me how to differentiate styles and appreciate art by itself without involving your taste and just enjoying it and getting inspired by it," he said. "It has made me more thoughtful in terms of taking design decisions and has defined my career into something that I'm sure I want to do for the rest of my life."

For more information about STLCC's associate degree program in interior design, visit http://www.stlcc.edu/Programs/Interior_Design.