Elon University / Today at Elon / Holly Hodge, Jenny Gonzalez wins Best in Show at AUID Design Competition Awards 2022

The Association of University Interior Designers competition is an annual event attended by university designers from across the country, where their work is reviewed and critiqued by practicing professional interior designers in the field.

Director of Interior Design Holly Hodge and Interior Designer Jenny Gonzalez were recently recognized in the Association of University Interior Designers (AUID) 2022 Design Competition Awards held at Purdue University.
Both Hodge and Gonzalez won first place in the New Construction Over $500,000 and Best of Show category for their interior design work in Founders Hall and Innovation Hall.

A common is on the third floor of Innovation Quad.

In addition to their joint recognition for work in the Founders and Innovation Halls, Hodge placed third in the Renovations Under $50,000 category for Porter Family Professional Development Center Updates and Gonzalez placed third in the Specialty category for the two new outdoor classrooms located between the Martin Alumni Center and Belk Library and the other between the Inman Admissions Welcome Center and the Loy Center.

The newly renovated Porter Family Professional Development Center on Friday, April 8, 2022, in the Koury Business Center at Elon University.

“I think we do a lot of really cool things on campus, and there are some really innovative indoor spaces where students can thrive inside and outside of the classroom. Recognition validates what we do on campus,” Hodge said. “For me, the biggest recognition is when you see students discovering a space for the first time and saying, ‘That’s so cool. It makes my heart smile.

Gonzalez said from an institutional perspective, “For Elon, the recognition further highlights our newly accredited engineering program and is another example of why students should choose Elon.”

Outdoor classroom between the Martin Alumni Center and the Belk Library.

Both Hodge and Gonzalez recognized the talent of all interior designers at AUID and said they were humbled and honored to have their work selected as the best in this year’s competition.

When designing the Founder and Innovation Halls, Hodge and Gonzalez said they intended to create a space that would reflect the groundbreaking and unconventional engineering work that will take place in the building.

Having part of the structure deliberately exposed, ensuring there is natural light throughout the building, and pops of color sprinkled sporadically in the hallways were some of those unique intentional design decisions that Hodge and Gonzalez made. said to have taken to the buildings.

Additionally, they wanted to incorporate innovative materials into the building, which explains the acoustic light fixtures on the second floor of Founders Hall and the three-story dichroic glass, which displays multiple colors depending on lighting conditions, in Innovation Hall. stairs.
Hodge and Gonzalez said the recognition is bigger than the two of them, but it’s a collaborative achievement of everyone in the planning, design and construction management office.

“Our team here at Elon, the whole planning, design and construction team, has a really good base,” Hodge said. “All of our department’s team members have played an important role in this and I am very proud to work among such talented, hardworking and dedicated people.”

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