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Interior design graduate wins national competition for best portfolio

September 30,2009

Kristen Lambrecht, a 2009 CSU interior design graduate, is the winner of the Yale R. Burge Competition.

ASID sponsored event won by CSU graduate

Kristen Lambrecht, a 2009 interior design graduate of the Department of Design and Merchandising, was recently notified that she is the winner of the Yale R. Burge Competition.

While a senior majoring in interior design at Colorado State, Lambrecht entered the national competition that selects the top interior design portfolio in the nation. This competition is sponsored by the American Society of Interior Design (ASID) Foundation.

The Yale R. Burge Competition is open to all students in their final year of undergraduate study enrolled in at least a three-year program of interior design. The competition is designed to encourage students to seriously plan their senior portfolios. The prize included a cash award of $750.

“We are so pleased for, and proud of, Kristen Lambrecht! She is a true designer and team-builder. She is excellent at every aspect of the design process and her work clearly exhibits her sophisticated design skills,” says Stephanie Clemons, professor and coordinator of the interior design program.

Lambrecht used CSU design skills to win

Lambrecht submitted 12 components from her portfolio including design skills from all four years at Colorado State University. Her submissions focused on a wide variety of work such as floor plans, computer and hand renderings, elevations, and lighting. She included a description of each piece of work, and graphic layouts.

Lambrecht’s capstone project was the major part of her portfolio. Baur’s Highmark, a dining and fitness facility, was a modern, mixed-use, commercial design using sustainable principles in an existing building. The designed spaces included the restaurant, wine bar, Highmark Health Club, coffee shops, relaxation pool and condominiums that all overlooked the Denver Metro area. Lambrecht is currently employed as a junior designer at Pocci Design Group in Boulder, Colo.

“After four years of creating my student design work, I am excited that my portfolio was honored by ASID as the 2009 Yale R. Burge Competition winner. Representing your knowledge of design and personal style through your portfolio is a great opportunity in the interior design world,” she said.

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

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