WCU student Michelle Barborich wins design competition

A Western Carolina University student majoring in interior design recently captured a first-place award in the “Best of the Carolinas Design Competition” of the American Institute of Building Design.

Michelle Barborich

Michelle Barborich

Michelle Barborich’s honors came during the 15th annual N.C./S.C. AIBD Spring Conference and Trade Show held in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The contest was open to interior design students from four-year, community and technical colleges in the two Carolinas.

Barborich, a graduating senior, produced her prize-winning project, a house design, for a class in residential design taught by Marc Yops, associate professor in WCU’s School of Art and Design. Barborich designed a three-level villa with about 12,000 square feet of space, combining the use of octagons, semicircles and angled walls to create a dynamic and visually interesting residence, said Erin Adams, coordinator for WCU’s interior design program.

Barborich’s other achievements include being named to WCU’s Chancellor’s List, winning the WCU Interior Design Award of Excellence Scholarship, and spending the 2014 spring semester studying interior design at Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Italy, Adams said.

For more information about WCU’s interior design program, contact Adams at 828-227-2487 or eeadams@wcu.edu.