On Wednesday September 10, 2014 the Department of Design + Architectural Building Technology held the Faculty Awards for Excellence in Design for the Spring Quarter 2014.
The award is in recognition of students who have excelled in design studio work for the previous quarter. At the end of each quarter the faculty nominates students whose work demonstrates superior creativity, imagination, sensitivity and technical competency.
The nominees for the Spring Quarter were;
Victoria Cornell Interior Design Freshman Residential Studio
David Nacci Architectural Building Technology Senior High Rise Studio
The winner of The Faculty Award for Excellence in Design was David Nacci. His project was Capital Condominium/Hotel Tower located in Providence, R.I.
Kathy Ireland stepped out from behind the lectern. She took the microphone with her. Was this going to be one of those defining moments when years from now people would still say that was “the Ireland at NEIT episode?” What might the woman who appeared in 13 consecutive Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues – and who is also an actress, author and chair, CEO and chief designer of Kathy Ireland Worldwide – do?
Was she going to model the cape that moments before had been draped around her neck as she received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree Sunday at New England Institute of Technology’s commencement ceremony at the Rhode Island Convention Center? Might she do something even more daring?
Whatever was going to happen, the news photographers weren’t going to miss it. They trained their telephoto lenses on Ireland. The 1,175 grads and their families and friends craned their necks to see the stage and the screens showing Ireland bigger than life. Ireland had everyone’s attention. She’s good at grabbing attention. She twisted to demonstrate how she would model a swimsuit.
Click the link to read entire Warwick Beacon story, Ireland tells grads how to design lives for success – Warwick Beacon.
Ireland is chairwoman, chief executive officer and chief designer of kathy ireland Worldwide, which markets 15,000 products. Forbes Magazine says her company has annual merchandise sales of $2 billion. Institute officials also characterized her as a “powerful advocate for women and children in need.”
The school gave Ireland and Cheryl Merchant honorary doctor of humane letter degrees. Merchant is president and chief executive officer of Rhode Island’s Hope Global, a 131-year-old textile manufacturing company that employs 700 people around the world. “If I can do it, you can do it,” Ireland told the standing-room-only audience at the Rhode Island Convention Center.