Oct. 17, 2007
By Jody Grenert
Two sophomores in Ohio University's Interior Architecture program have received international recognition for their animation projects in a competition that pitted their work against that of upperclassmen and grad students around the world.
Natalie Dibenedetto and Bridget Hyde, classmates in the School of Human and Consumer Sciences, received the awards from form-Z, a maker of 3-D modeling software used by interior designers, architects, animators and illustrators. The students received the honors earlier this month at the 2007 Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The awards are part of form-Z's Joint Study Program, which provides discounted copies of its products to educational programs in exchange for feedback and examples of student work. The submitted projects are evaluated by a panel of experts, and those deemed the best receive an Award of Distinction or Honorable Mention.
The project by Dibenedetto, of Pittsburgh, is titled "Creating by Destructing," and it received one of only six Awards of Distinction. The project by Hyde, of West Chester, Ohio, is titled "The Spaces Within," and it earned one of eight Honorable Mentions. Both students created their projects as part of the Environmental Design I course taught by Associate Professor David Matthews.
"It's great to receive recognition among such a competitive group of submissions," Matthews said. "The work being recognized is second-year undergraduate projects, and to be singled out by the jury is a credit to the hard work and dedication of the students."
In awarding Dibenedetto's project a top prize, one judge wrote that the animated work went beyond just communicating ideas to "inspiring and educating the viewer."
"I was completely surprised," Dibenedetto said about receiving the award. "I never thought I could win something like this."
Hyde cited her coursework and instructor for laying the groundwork for her successful project.
"It was our first quarter in the program and our first real experience in the design world," she said. "(Matthews) really pushed everyone to see things differently and continuously evolve our design."
The Interior Architecture program and School of Human and Consumer Sciences are part of the College of Health and Human Services, the university's second-largest academic unit with more than 3,000 students.
The prize-winning animation projects by Dibenedetto and Hyde can be viewed online (requires Quicktime 7).