Hero Park: Living United - Leigh Ann Stapleton, Heather Lodge, and Abby Harvey.
Hero Park: Living United - Leigh Ann Stapleton, Heather Lodge, and Abby Harvey.
Hero Park: Living United - Leigh Ann Stapleton, Heather Lodge, and Abby Harvey.
Breakwater: Emily Palmer, Sarah Bannon, Jackson Aldridge, and Erin Mulligan.
Breakwater: Emily Palmer, Sarah Bannon, Jackson Aldridge, and Erin Mulligan.
Breakwater: Emily Palmer, Sarah Bannon, Jackson Aldridge, and Erin Mulligan.

Interior Design Students Recognized in the National IDEC Student Design Competition

In the Fall of 2020, the third-year interior design studio taught by Elif Tural and Eiman Elgewely developed design proposals for a socially-sustainable adaptive reuse project for a veteran living community. One of the teams, Hero Park: Living United, including Leigh Ann Stapleton, Heather Lodge, and Abby Harvey won an Honorable Mention in the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) National Student Design Competition, out of 81 submissions from 29 different programs. Another team, consisting of Emily Palmer, Sarah Bannon, Jackson Aldridge, and Erin Mulligan was selected as a Regional Finalist for their project, Breakwater.

Each team described their project below:

“Hero Park: Living United is a socially sustainable living community for veterans located in the historic Patrick Henry building in Roanoke, Virginia. Inspired by nearby Elmwood Park, the design brings the elements of the park indoors, creating an urban street interior that focuses on community as a means of support as veterans live and grow post service. A central path fosters safe connections in a COVID-19 world, encourages physical activity, and ties users to the outdoor art walk and market while creating a continuum throughout the space.”

Breakwater: “A harbor provides safe anchorage and protection for those who pass through it. The residential units that wrap around the building act as a breakwater which creates a calm environment within a harbor. This serves as a transition for veterans who are looking for a break from the stress of civilian life. The balcony surrounding these units reinforces the barrier which protects the shared spaces within the building. Just as an anchor keeps ships secure, the furniture, materials, and colors are lighter on top and heavier on the bottom to ground the users of the space.”

Hero Park: Living United - Leigh Ann Stapleton, Heather Lodge, and Abby Harvey.
Hero Park: Living United - Leigh Ann Stapleton, Heather Lodge, and Abby Harvey.
Breakwater: Emily Palmer, Sarah Bannon, Jackson Aldridge, and Erin Mulligan.
Breakwater: Emily Palmer, Sarah Bannon, Jackson Aldridge, and Erin Mulligan.
Breakwater: Emily Palmer, Sarah Bannon, Jackson Aldridge, and Erin Mulligan.