Some PSU interior designers went to war and left the battlefield as victors. Nine Pittsburg State University interior design students competed in the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) Mid America Chapter Design Wars in November in Kansas City and two were on the first-place team. Faculty sponsors said the experience made all of them winners.

Lynsey Sholders, a senior from Newton, Kan., and Cassandra Stanley, a sophomore from Columbus, Kan., were members of the winning team.

The day-long competition required the students to work in teams with students from other universities to develop a spatial layout for the new IIDA headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. The teams created spatial layouts, developed furniture plans, selected materials, furniture, lighting, and finishes, drew elevations/perspective drawings, created boards, and made presentations.

Four interior design professionals judged the students’ work and the winning team received $2,000.

Sholders and Stanley were paired with two interior architecture majors from Kansas State University. She said the experience boosted her confidence.

“Walking away from the competition a winner made me realize that my education is really going to get me far in life,” Sholders said. “I look forward to all the design opportunities that are out there after graduation. Basically it assured me and my confidence that I will be a great designer, I just have to personally believe.”