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Three UL Lafayette Interior Design students produced the winning entry in the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) annual Student Design Competition this spring. 

The winning team included Susie Thigpen, Hannah Campbell and Taylor Glorioso, who designed the solution as part of Professor Brian Powell’s third year interior design studio. Entries in this international competition included 237 students in 79 teams from 35 universities in Canada and the US. The UL student team won first place, which also came with a $1,500 cash prize.

To be eligible for entry in the competition student teams had to first be selected at the regional level. Two of the three southwest regional winner entries were from UL’s interior design program. These regional winning boards were displayed and juried at the IDEC annual conference March 8, 2014, in New Orleans.

The students were challenged to design a traveling exhibit space to enlighten the public on the role Interior Design plays in enhancing the health and quality of life of building occupants.

According to Dr. Gayle Nicoll, Dean of the Faculty of Design at Ontario College of Art and Design and co-author of two important active design publications, “Active design is an environmental design practice that aims to provide opportunities for people to achieve recommended levels of physical activity to promote health and avoid chronic disease within their daily lifestyle. Active design helps to address the critical health epidemic of our current time — obesity and related chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.”