Humber Interior Design Student student Kareena Sankreacha is the winner of the 25th annual Planning and Visual Education (PAVE) Partnership student design competition.
Humber's Bachelor of Interior Design program has participated in the student design competition for the last seven years and has had several students win in the past.
Competing against more than 350 undergraduate student entries, Sankreacha came out first.
This year's competition was sponsored by the Bank of America. Students were asked to create a "pop-up" banking pavilion for post-secondary student campuses.
The concept of Sankreacha's greenhouse-style design, titled, The Power House, was heavily inspired by the Bank of America's slogan, 'What would you like the power to do?' Her goal was to not only create a financial institution, but also serve as an incubator to help nuture the financial journeys of students and promote the development of student start-ups.
"The greenhouse form is symbolic of students’ growth financially, academically, and professionally," she says.
Sankreacha's innovative design features natural woods, sleek metals, lush greens, and pops of red and blue, the Bank of America's corporate colours.
The competition's design challenge provides an excellent opportunity for students to obtain real-life retail design experience. Prizes included grants to students and schools, and winning students may even see their designs come to life.
"Much like all of the other projects I've been assigned in my program, this one simulated a real-life scenario we will face after we graduate," says Sankreacha."I appreciate the wide-variety of projects I have had the opportunity to do."
She says she feels even more encouraged to continue pushing boundaries and pursuing opportunities in the field. "Receiving recognition for my work in this competition has been truly amazing. A lot of hard work, time, and energy goes into every project we complete."
Prior to starting the project, students attended a presentation on the evolution of retail banking design by Beverley Wells of Shikatani Lacroix Design and were provided support and consultation throughout the process from their professors.
"Kareena responded to the competition brief in a very creative and strategic manner," Interior Design professor Zaiba Mian says. "Her design is sophisticated, yet fun and it represents the type of space that would appeal to the demographic of a college campus.”
Sankreeacha received her prize of $8,000 at an awards gala hosted by PAVE in New York in December.
"The event has proven to be an excellent networking opportunity for our past winners. Kareena had the chance to meet potential employers and make valuable contacts," says Mian. "The teaching team is so proud of Kareena's accomplishment."