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La Roche student, Connellsville native wins prestigious interior design award

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
| Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, 12:54 p.m.
Brittany Craig, a senior at La Roche College in McCandless, is one of 13 candidates across the country to receive the prestigious 2017 Angelo Donghia Foundation Senior Scholarship Award for interior design students.
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Brittany Craig, a senior at La Roche College in McCandless, is one of 13 candidates across the country to receive the prestigious 2017 Angelo Donghia Foundation Senior Scholarship Award for interior design students.

Brittany Craig, a senior at La Roche College in McCandless, is one of 13 candidates across the country to receive the prestigious 2017 Angelo Donghia Foundation Senior Scholarship Award.

Established by one of America's most influential interior designers, the Angelo Donghia Foundation provides scholarships to promising interior design students in the U.S. This year's recipients were selected by an expert jury of designers, architects and members of the press, including editors from Interior Design Magazine, Elle D├ęcor, Wall Street Journal and Cultured.

The Connellsville High School graduate's project on corporate office design was selected from 69 student projects submitted by accredited institutions. The $30,000 award will cover the cost of Craig's senior-year tuition, board, maintenance and books. Her project proposed the design of an office headquarters in Providence, R.I., for Graduate Hotels, a collection of boutique hotels in the university towns of America.

"The aesthetic of Graduate Hotels is unique and distinctive to the character of the brand," Craig says. "It provides similarities to the atypical style I initially tend to design myself, sparking my interest and compelling a gravitation toward the company. I particularly enjoyed this project because, I could relate myself, as a designer, to the mission of the company."

La Roche design division chair Lisa Kamphaus says Craig is a gifted and thoughtful designer who is able to identify intrinsic details through her research and effectively incorporate them into her solutions through her design process.

"Her finished work displays creativity and refinement along with sensitivity to sustainable and global concepts," Kamphaus says.

Craig describes her design as capturing the town's essence through one-of-a-kind colonial and classical elements while reflecting the youth of the Graduate Hotels brand.

"The space intends to promote a unified community that allows all employees and visitors to be curiously engaged through the uniqueness of the space," she says. "This will create an adventurous journey through the office, discovering new and unique elements around every corner."

Craig earned high honors in Positive Space, the college's annual student art show which is juried by outside design professionals. Her retail project, Fusion Furnishings, took first place, and her restaurant project, RAW, earned Best of Show in Interior Design.

Details: laroche.edu

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-853-5062 or jharrop@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Jharrop_Trib.

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