DALLAS, TX --Daltile, in conjunction with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Foundation, is pleased to announce Rebecca Gardner as the winner of the fourth annual Daltile Interior Design Scholarship. As the grand-prize winner of the competition, Gardner was presented with a $10,000 scholarship to continue her education in the field of interior design. Gardner's winning design was on display at NeoCon 2015, where she was Daltile's guest of honor.
"On behalf of Daltile and the ASID Foundation, we congratulate Rebecca Gardner on winning the Daltile Interior Design Scholarship," said April Wilson, director, brand marketing, Dal-Tile Corporation. "Each year, students from around the country rise up to our design challenge, demonstrating that the future of interior design is brimming with talent. Gifted designers like Rebecca continue to inspire Daltile's ongoing commitment to position the next generation of interior designers for growth and success in the industry."
This year's design challenge, titled 'Design with a Greater Purpose,' was to select a charity or non-profit to take on as a pro-bono client and to create a redesign of their current space that addressed the needs of its users and exhibited excellence in design and creativity. Students were challenged to explore the current issues faced within the space and stakeholder needs to make it a high functioning and beautiful space. Entries were judged on the space's function, aesthetic, and creative use of Daltile's newest product offerings to bring each student's vision to life.
As a recent graduate and young professional, Rebecca Gardner hoped entering the Daltile Interior Design Scholarship contest would stretch her as a designer and push her to produce great work, and her grand prize-winning entry made that hope a reality. A student at Brigham Young University in Idaho, she found inspiration in Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, a non-profit organization in her community that strives to foster education and stewardship of the earth and its ecosystems. Using Daltile collections, including Florentine™ Glazed Porcelain, ONE™ Quartz, Showscape™ Wall Tile, and a variety of glass mosaics, Gardner transformed the aquarium's interior to better support their mission of inspiring people to explore, learn and discover.
"The ASID Foundation is proud to participate with Daltile in awarding scholarships to Rebecca Gardner and other worthy young designers," said Randy Fiser, ASID CEO. "Education and scholarships are prime objectives of the ASID Foundation, and the Daltile Interior Design Scholarship program enables us to address both while leveraging a valued partnership."
The grand prize winner and three finalists were selected by Daltile and the ASID Foundation with the help of a panel of industry experts, including Donna Vining, NCIDQ, FASID, IIDA, RID, CAPS, REGREEN Trained™ and Sandy Gordon, FASID, LEED AP. This year's top scholarship recipients are:
- Grand Prize: $10,000 Scholarship Winner: Rebecca Gardner, Brigham Young University, Idaho
- First Prize: $2,500 Scholarship Winner: Rebecca Bruno, Southwest University of Visual Arts
- Second Prize: $2,500 Scholarship Winner: Amber Ferguson, Student ASID, Southwest University of Visual Arts
- Third Prize: $2,500 Scholarship Winner: Erika Larsen, Virginia Tech University