UTC Interior Architecture Student Places 3rd in National Design Competition

Sarah Woosley, an interior architecture and design major at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, placed third in a nationwide contest hosted by the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

The NKBA Student Design Competition called for students to plan beautiful, safe and functional spaces, incorporating creative design statements and design solutions based on client requests and the plans provided.

The project scope for the NKBA competition focused on a fictitious couple—Shawn and Jalen Hill—in Portland, Oregon, who bought a forever home on the West Coast. They had an excellent view of the Pacific Ocean and wanted a design that could grow with them into retirement. The kitchen, while functionally move-in ready, was in dire need of some sprucing up; it had last been updated in the early 2000s.

“That view of the Oregon coast was my biggest inspiration,” said Woosley, a 2007 graduate of Lebanon (Tennessee) High School. “I like the idea of being able to walk into something that I may have designed and just seeing it from that perspective.”

Along with the tremendous portfolio boost of finishing third in a national competition, Woosley’s prizes include:

A $1,000 scholarship
Having her design featured in KBB Magazine, an official publication of the kitchen and bath business
Complimentary registration and tickets to the 2023 Kitchen and Bath Industry Expo in Las Vegas, including roundtrip airfare and three nights of hotel accommodations
Admission to the 2023 Design Awards Ceremony, where she will be recognized for her achievement