Crossville Hosts Student Winners from UT at Neocon

Crossville, TN, June 12, 2018-Crossville, Inc. is hosting four students from the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design to NeoCon 2018 in Chicago. These students earned the trip by creating winning, tile-focused projects as part of Crossville’s sponsorship of a semester-long Design Studio held in partnership with the university.

The studio, “IARC 372-Design Development and Construction Detailing Documentation for Interior Architecture,” provided the company a direct opportunity to educate the next generation of design professionals on the specification of tile products, as well as working with tile in real-world interior design scenarios. As part of the studio experience, students completed project concepts in which tile is an essential design element. The course provided students 6 credit hours.

The academic semester began with an intensive, two-week design course that focused on innovative approaches to tile use. To round out their knowledge, students also took an in-depth tour of Crossville’s manufacturing facilities in Crossville, Tennessee.

Based on the teachings, students were asked to create projects intended to expand the interior use of tile by devising the proper construction details for customizing standardized material tectonics. Students were required to work with applicable design-build requirements, leverage their early work with patterns, and incorporate porcelain tile to achieve the project objectives.

To take the experience further, Crossville held a competition to identify the four top projects created during the studio. Judges from Crossville’s corporate office chose honorees based on the merits of the projects they designed. The following student projects took top honors: Grace Octdiek, Brianna Willis, Anaya Kabasu and Makenna Wood. 

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