Kimball Office: Virginia Tech University Partnership

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Ali Conley
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Ali Conley

For the past five years, Kimball Office has been an enthusiastic supporter of Virginia Tech University’s Student Design Competition/Awards Scholarship. This partnership has been a strong component of Kimball Office’s commitment to the student design community. Working closely with Virginia Tech University’s School of Architecture + Design, we maximized this scholarship to create impactful learning experiences for all participating students. As part of the competition, students are asked to incorporate Kimball Office collections into their interiors in new and unique ways. Using real life furniture collections provided a highly engaging design experience for the students.  The project critique process was just as impactful with a jury made up of the Kimball Office leadership team, designers and marketing specialists.

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Ali Conley

What’s more, our financial contribution helped to fund travel for design students to experience influential industry tradeshows such as High Point Furniture Market and NeoCon East. As a key sponsor to the program, Kimball Office contributed an annual scholarship amount of $5,000, totaling $25,000 over five years.

“Kimball’s sponsorship contribution has allowed us to support our design students through the generous awards this sponsorship has made possible. In addition, the program has supported a student design trip each year for the past five years – an experience our future designers will never forget.” Lisa M. Tucker, PhD, FIDEC, AIA, ASID, IIDA, LEED AP BD+ C, Interior Design Graduate Program Coordinator, Program Chair at the School of Architecture + Design, Virginia Tech

The 2015 Student Design Competition/Award scholarship has been awarded to Ali Conley, a junior in the Interior Design program. Additionally, the Interior Design students voted on Best Overall Design for the semester, which was presented to Emily Seifert, and the person who contributed the most to helping other students, which was Ali Conley.

“This year the projects demonstrated the wonderful diversity of design solutions students could create. Kimball Office was a great partner supporting us throughout the project.” Jessica Goldsmith, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech