Cobb double-winner in design competitions

Laura Cobb is $6,000 richer after placing first and third in student design competitions, but it’s the confidence she gained from the wins that will pay the most dividends.

“The wins are confirmation for me that I do have the skill set I need to be successful in this industry. It’s a huge confidence boost,” says Cobb, a 2015 graduate of Lakeland College’s interior design technology program. 

The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) announced the winners of its 2014-15 student kitchen design and charette competitions on Sept 25. Cobb placed first in the charette competition and third in the kitchen design competition, earning $5,000 and $1,000 scholarships respectively for her wins.

Cobb and her classmates created designs for the competitions during their second and final year of the interior design program at the Vermilion campus. She was joined in the winners’ circle by classmates Kayla Soto who won the kitchen design competition and Bree-Anne Hubick who finished third in the charette competition. Their designs were selected from hundreds of entries from NKBA student members at colleges and universities across North America.

With their wins in the kitchen design competition, Cobb and Soto get to attend the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show and NKBA Design Competition awards event in January 2016 in Las Vegas. This is an exclusive event open only to the top designers of the year.

The placements extend Lakeland’s winning streak in student design competitions to 12 years. To Cobb, the wins are a reflection of the strength of the program.

“It’s a great program and I would recommend it to anyone. I think the reason it’s so successful is the instructors and their passion for the program and the students.  They’ve created a (design incubator) setting that is very positive and encouraging,” says Cobb, who is originally from Lumsden, Sask.

After graduating from the diploma program in the spring, Cobb began a practicum as an office planner at SaskPower in Regina. She’s since been hired full-time.  She also does freelance work for an architectural firm.

“Hopefully this is just the beginning of a successful career in interior design,” says Cobb. “The (wins) are a great motivator for me to keep on doing my best.”

Photo: Laura Cobb, Class of 2015, will be travelling to Las Vegas in the new year as an NKBA award-winner,
Video: Lakeland College Interior Design students react to the NKBA announcement

October 13, 2015

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