HOLLYWOOD, FL -- The Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE) is pleased to announce the top 12 projects for the 2011-2012 PAVE the Way 3D Design Challenge, sponsored by B+N Industries. This competition, now in its third year, offers students a chance to see their designs come to life, gain exposure at a major industry trade show, and win cash awards. PAVE received 190 entries from 10 countries.

The top 12 projects are from the following students:

  • Maggie Benson, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
  • Alexia Butts, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA
  • Elyse Falato, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
  • Kelvin Harly and Ayako Otani, California State University at Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
  • Anastasia Ivanova, Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences, Kouvola, Finland
  • Aurielle Jones, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA
  • Sangin Kwon and Minwook Gwon, Sangmyung University, Cheonan, South Korea
  • Michael C. Lewandowski, Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Nikola Matovicova, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX
  • Alan Oakes, Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • Stewart Macintosh Wegman, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA
  • Justin T. Willard, Miami University, Oxford, OH

Brad Somberg, president, of B+N Industries, believes the competition has reached a new level of sophistication, noting that the judges were amazed at the level of thought and inspiration that went into this year's entries. "You could see the amount of research and emotion that the students used to recreate the notion of cosmetic makeovers. We are all excited by not only the student's entries but also by the educators that are guiding these students and supporting their visions. Thank you to everyone that embraced this challenge and especially to those that made it to the finals," he says.

The challenge was to design a functional makeover station and include a 3D rendering of the design for judging. As sponsor and presenter of the challenge, Burlingame, CA-based B+N Industries will now work with the students with the top 12 designs to produce prototypes of their designs for display at GlobalShop 2012, where the prototypes will be displayed in booth #4013.

The student winners will be announced during A.R.E.'s Design Awards program Wed., Feb. 29, 2012, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Judging the competition were: Jason Friend, designer, B+N Industries, Burlingame, CA; Kelvin Lee, industrial designer, B+N Industries, Burlingame, CA: Kevin McPhee, creative director, B+N Industries, Burlingame, CA; Alison Embrey Medina, executive editor, DDI Magazine, Atlanta, GA; Deborah Probst, senior director, Store Design & Construction, Bare Escentuals, San Francisco, CA; Brad Somberg, president, B+N Industries, Burlingame, CA; and Shawn Thrapp, event production and director of visual merchandising, Nordstrom, San Francisco.

Source: PAVE

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