Interior Design Students Redesign Community Writing Center


CWC Interior Design 1CWC Interior Design 2HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 9, 2014 – High Point University’s Community Writing Center is getting a new look thanks to the creativity of one interior design class.

Groups of students in the service learning Contract Design class were challenged with creating an inviting, functional and fun space for the after-school program that helps students with their reading and writing skills. The team of Ashely Tizard, Caroline Goree and Catherine Ruvolo won the competition with their “The Write Way” design. It focuses on cultivating the children’s innate intelligence, celebrating their talents and boosting their self-esteem by dividing the center into three separate spaces, the group activity room, the celebration station and the tutor room.

The next step in the project is to turn the design into reality. Students from HPU will volunteer their time on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to renovate the space.

“This experience has been very helpful in preparing me for a career in interior design, because it has shown how much research goes into each decision a designer makes,” says Goree. “It also showed us how important it is to listen to what the client wants. In the end it is their opinion that matters most.”

The winning design was chosen by Community Writing Center organizers, volunteers and students.

“We thought that the designs were outstanding and were particularly impressed by the professional quality of the students’ work,” says Dr. Cara Kozma, assistant professor of English and co-founder of the Community Writing Center. “It was a difficult decision but the winning design stood out because of special details, like fun bouncing chairs and a ‘celebration station’ area, that were included to appeal to the young children the Community Writing Center serves.”

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