Current BFA Interior Design Student Wins $30,000 Scholarship Award

July 31, 2012

Current BFA Interior Design student Derek Sunghoon Lee was recently awarded the 2012 Angelo Donghia Foundation Senior Student Scholarship Award for his innovative Wine Tasting Pavillion design, which highlighted the process of grape growing and wine production. Lee, who will begin his senior year this Fall with the help of the $30,000 award, is among seven BFA Interior Design students from SVA to receive this honor within the last 10 years.

Lee’s goal was to create a Wine Tasting Pavillion where vineyard and structure coalesce. He described his project as “a space that engaged the senses through materials and structures influenced by the vineyard environment: the grapes people might taste, the vines they might smell, the sound of the wind in the trees.” Making use of the “Vine to Wine” concept, Derek designed a dynamic environment in which all five of the human senses are invited to experience the wine, from the grape field to the bottle.

Each year the Angelo Donghia Foundation, created by the estate of world renowned interior designer Angelo Donghia, provides scholarships based on academic achievement and financial need to 13 especially talented interior design students nationwide. Previous BFA Interior Design recipients of this Scholarship are Dana Jeong (2011), Sarah Schwartz (2009), Stella Yom (2008), Kimberly Merchant (2006), Renee Wong (2002), and Eric DiFronzo (2002).

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