IARc Does It Again: 2014 Otto Zenke Design Competition

February 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

In 1939, New Yorkers Otto Zenke and his brother, Henry, moved to Greensboro, NC, to start their own design firm – Otto Zenke Interiors.  They created a New Classic Southern Style, which adapted 18th Century British Neoclassicism decor to the 1940’s South.  Their talents have made a lasting impression and according to Deborah Salomon, “Otto Zenke is the hottest interior designer North Carolina has produced”.  His name now lives on through the Otto Zenke Design Competition, which was once endowed by Otto himself, now sponsored annually by ASID’s Carolinas Chapter.

I am pleased to announce that for the 2nd year in a row (2013 winners here and below) two students from our IARc department have placed in the Otto Zenke Design Competition. We had four students from Laura Cole’s [4th] year studio submit their work for the competition – Ayten Nadeau, Kate Ewen, Paige Holt, and Sarah Wisseman, and we will find out next week who the winners are.   This year’s subject was to redesign the Whaley House for University of South Carolina’s Children’s Law Center (more information  here).  All winners, including Honorable Mention, receive an award.

2013 Otto Zenke Competition Winners

2013 Otto Zenke Competition Winners

On Friday, February 21st, the winners will be announced at the Unity for Design Conference at High Point Market in High Point.  I encourage everyone to wish our contestants luck!  Keep an eye out for a post announcing the winners!!

Contributed by Linda Melendez [2nd] year

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