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Two Interior Design Students Win Regional Honors

It is the 13th consecutive year students at the school have placed in the competition

Jennifer Roseborough (L) and Denise Sigillo with their design boards.
Denise Sigillo of Redwood City and Jennifer Roseborough of San Carlos both won honors for their designs at the recently held Interior Design Student Career Forum in San Francisco. This is the West Coast’s premier interior design student symposium, drawing up to 500 students from California, Nevada, and other states.
Roseborough earned Second Place honors in both the kitchen and bathroom design competitions. The Kitchen Design competition was sponsored by NKBA California Capital Chapter, and the Bathroom Design competition was sponsored by NKBA Northern California Chapter.

Sigillo won first place in the Residential Lighting Design Competition sponsored by the Northern California chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association.
“Both students, on their own initiative, worked over the winter break to complete and submit their entries,” said Nancy Wolford, Professor of Interior Design at Cañada. “They are both a credit to the program, typical of the quality of our students and the work they do. Needless to say, I am extremely proud of both of them.”

This was the 13th consecutive year a student from Cañada’s Interior Design Program has placed in the prestigious competition. “It’s a record no other college program in the state or region can claim,” Wolford said.

Roseborough said the competition is rigorous. She spent hours designing a bathroom and a kitchen for the competition. “I needed to prepare designs that met National Kitchen and Bathroom Association (NKBA) standards and met the specifications of the fictional client. It takes a lot of hours to go through the design process and produce the drawings for each project.”

Roseborough said the bathroom design featured a small San Francisco-style home but the client wanted a lot of storage and light. “The space limitations were very difficult to design around,” she said.

The kitchen design was more open-ended but she said designing for a larger space also presented challenges.
Sigillo was given a floor plan for a house and was required to design the lighting. “We could define our own style and mine was modern Scandinavian,” she said. “I incorporated that style into the lighting and decorative lamps that I chose.”

The entire lighting project had to adhere to strict California Title 24 guidelines regarding energy efficiency.
Both Sigillo and Roseborough enrolled in the Interior Design Program at Cañada to develop second careers. Sigillo worked in advertising while Roseborough was a dancer for the San Francisco Ballet.

“For me, it’s about stretching myself creatively,” Roseborough said. “The professors in the program encourage us to think differently and to grow.”
Sigillo said the competition forced her to think about how much time she could spend on the design and yet still earn a profit. “You have to learn time management,” she said. “If you are in business for yourself, and you want to earn a profit, you can’t spend all of your time on one client.”

Sigillo said she wants to work in a firm doing lighting design in the residential or small commercial markets when she graduates from Canada. She's even considering pursuing an Interior Design Master's Degree.
“I would like to own my own design business or work for a smaller firm,” Roseborough said. “The Interior Design Program at Cañada has given me the tools I need to succeed at a career in design.”


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