Lakeland’s interior design hot streak continues

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October 14, 2016
The number of awards and achievements for Lakeland College’s interior design technology Class of 2016 is growing.
Coming in first place in the kitchen portion of the 2015-16 Schoolhouse Charm Student Design Competition is Sydney Melnyk. Placing second is Brittany McQueen, with honourable mention going to Sara Downing. In the bath portion of the competition Naomi Mason received honourable mention. The winners were announced in September during a live webcast presented by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

In August, Melnyk also took first place in the NKBA 2015-16 Charette Design Competition. Downing came in second place and Rebecca Kurczaba received honourable mention. All of these students graduated from the program in June.

Honoured by the accolades, Melnyk says she was inspired to do her best and make the most out of the program by Lakeland’s award-winning interior design grads and instructors.

“I remember the students before me and what they accomplished. It’s very motivating,” says Melnyk, who graduated with distinction and now works as an interior design technologist at Henry Downing Architects in Saskatoon, Sask. “Lakeland’s instructors were always willing to help you and make sure you understood concepts. Everyone was so supportive of what we were all doing. The studio was a great place to learn – it didn’t feel like a typical classroom.”

Melnyk’s award-winning kitchen design for the Schoolhouse Charm Design Competition emphasized symmetrical balance, maximized seating, grey cabinetry and a number of features customized to the clients’ requests. According to the clients, “the reason we chose the winning design was that the layout best suited our family of six. We loved the colour scheme and how the materials selected came together with both an old charm and new modern feel. It is beautiful and we are so excited to see the final outcome.”

For her Schoolhouse Charm design, Melnyk received $2,500 and a trip to Orlando, Fla., for the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in January 2017, and $5,000 for winning the Charette Design Competition. “To now start my career off on such a high note, I couldn’t have asked for anything more,” says Melnyk. “Thank you to Lakeland – you have an amazing program.”

Lakeland’s interior design technology program was also recognized with the NKBA 2015 Excellence in Education Award in the fall. Lakeland is one of only 10 post-secondary institutions in North America to receive this award.

Accredited by the NKBA, Lakeland’s interior design technology program is a two-year diploma program based at the Vermilion campus. Students learn in a studio setting where they master design fundamentals, drafting, space planning and more.

Photo: Sydney Melnyk's award-winning kitchen design for the Schoolhouse Charm competition featured symmetrical balance, maximized seating, grey cabinetry and a number of custom features.

October 14, 2016