Danube, the leading construction, building materials and home interiors company in partnership with the Association ofProfessional Interior Designers (APID), announced the winners of Danube Students Interior Design Awards 2012 at a gala ceremony held at Grand Hyatt, Dubai.
The event was graced by H.E. Humaid Mohammed Obeid Al Qattami, UAE Minister of Education, who presented the awards to the winners. He stated the importance of interior design as an industry, encouraging students to strive for excellence in their approach. The event also marked the esteemed presence of Ms. Zarine Khan, Bollywood’s favorite Interior Decorator.
The Danube-APID Student Interior Design Competition was developed as an adjunct to typical course work, where students could utilize skills learned through their current academic development, in the design of an interior environment with far reaching appeal.
The registration process started in March 2012 inviting post-secondary students from GCC to apply for the competition.
The distinguished panel of judges for the competition comprised of Ms.Faten Alsarraf, Managing Director at Final Fix Interiors, Ms.Indu Varanasi, Managing Director at IR Design and Mr.Erick Casidsid, Design Manager at Gemaco Interiors. The designs were evaluated on aspects such as functionality, presentation, innovation and usability.
The winners of the competition were chosen from over 280 entries submitted in the two categories. The grand winning entry was rewarded with a cash prize of AED 20,000 and the winners in the CEO’s category were awarded with a prize of AED 5,000. The inaugural competition awarded 12 winners with total prize money of AED 85,000.