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Awards / Honors

Interior Design student awarded prestigious national scholarship

August 19, 2009

Leigh Brueggeman, senior in interior design in the Department of Design and Merchandising, has been awarded a prestigious Angelo Donghia Foundation Scholarship. The scholarship covers up to $30,000 of senior year expenses in an interior design program.

First CSU student to be nominated, win

The eighth annual competition awarded 13 scholarships for students entering their final year of a bachelor’s degree program at any institution in the United States with an accredited program in interior design.

Juried competition

This is the first time that Colorado State University was invited to nominate a student to apply for the award. Scholarships were awarded on the basis of a juried competition of portfolio submissions. Each award fully covers the student’s senior year tuition, board, maintenance, books, and other student materials.

Asian fusion design concept 

Brueggeman chose to design a commercial project for her submission to the competition. Her winning design concept features an Asian fusion restaurant and sushi bar called Zen Lotus to be located in a commercial office building on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver. She chose elements of contemporary Japanese design and textured finishes such as stone and woven grasses, and a central feature of her design is a rock and glass water feature. The competition was judged by an expert panel made up of established designers, as well as editors-in-chief of national design magazines.

Native of Wray, Colo.

Brueggeman is from Wray, a small town in northeastern Colorado. She says she has had a love for art and design as long as she can remember. She came to CSU right after high school and decided to try interior design and found it to be a perfect fit.

“It was such an honor to be nominated for the Donghia Foundation Scholarship and an even greater honor to be selected as the recipient of such a generous gift. I am truly thankful for it. I would like to thank Stephanie Clemons, Chad Gibbs, and Rob Work for their help in preparing my scholarship materials as well as the entire interior design faculty for the strong foundation they have given me. I could not ask for a better education. I truly feel like I'm getting nothing but the best at Colorado State University!” says Brueggeman.

Career goal

Currently, Brueggeman is finishing her internship at Poggenpohl in their Philadelphia office which she says has been a great learning experience. “I can't wait to see where my career takes me. I feel so lucky to be getting an education in a field that I love so much. It makes my future seem so much more exciting, knowing that I will be doing a job that I love.” Brueggeman will serve as the president of the student chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers at Colorado State during the upcoming academic year.

Brueggeman hopes to work for a large architectural firm when she graduates. “I have a passion for hospitality design: resorts, hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs, and spas and I hope I can work on those types of projects some day,” she says.

Truly deserving

“Leigh Brueggeman is truly deserving of this prestigious award! She is an excellent designer who consistently develops innovative yet functional spaces that reflect sustainable design features regardless of whether the spaces are for work, play, or leisure time. The interior design faculty know she will significantly contribute to the profession upon graduation,” says Stephanie Clemons, professor in interior design, and coordinator of the interior design program.

The Angelo Donghia Foundation, Inc. was established by the late Angelo Donghia, an internationally recognized interior design icon and source of inspiration to the design world.

The Department of Design and Merchandising is in the College of Applied Human Sciences.

Contact: Gretchen Gerding
Phone: (970) 491-5182