Interior Design student Ania Siekierski took first place in Boston Design Center’s annual Interior Design Career Day competition. Student designers from across New England submitted projects addressing the theme of “Design Across Generations.” Entries were judged on strength of design concept, translation to a functional space, and overall presentation skills. Ania’s winning design for a municipal service center drew inspiration from the visual language of birds’ nests to create a welcoming and protective space for community support.

Originally completed for Contract Design Studio I, a junior-level commercial design course, Ania’s submission presented a comprehensive design solution for a neighborhood development office. Her project, DND Office, redesigned the interior architecture of an existing building to house administrative offices, library and research center, and space for public programming.

Boston Design Center is New England’s largest trade design resource in New England with over 80 showrooms. BDC hosts educational, career-development and networking events for students and members of the local design industry. For Ania, the most valuable part of the award is a sponsored membership to a professional organization of her choice. She’ll be joining the International Interior Design Association. “I’m really excited to take advantage of all the programs IIDA offers and to network with professional designers,” says Ania.