Harrington Interior Design Students Create Trump Tower Penthouse Designs

February 8, 2012 Awards & Competitions, General, Interior Design 0 Comments

Trump penthouse competition winner

For design students, the step from the classroom into the industry can be a big one. At Harrington College of Design, our faculty actively pursue opportunities for students to gain industry experience to help bridge this gap.

One such example is the Trump Tower Competition Studio that took place in Harrington instructor Constantine Vasilios’ interior design class last semester. "Money is something we don’t always talk about in academia and the first component that students face upon graduation. Solving creatively within a budget is of paramount importance in real-world scenarios," Vasilios said.

The Trump project was centered designing a $30-million, 14,000-square-foot penthouse on the 89th floor of the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago. The challenge for the Trump penthouse project was to provide a design for a potential buyer (based on a specific type of lifestyle) and produce plans and perspectives. "There is no template as to how you design a 14,000-square-foot residence. It is all invention. Ultimately, it is the lifestyle and the clients invented by the students that will be the focus, mirroring what a designer would need to do in the real world if they were designing speculatively for a design office,” Vasilios said.

Trump penthouse competition winner

  • First Place: Arthur L. Garcia Clemente (rendering and floor plan shown above)

  • Second Place: Ann Erskine and Nicholas Gabriel

  • Third Place: Elizabeth Neuffer

You can see all photos from the judging event here.

The top three winners were awarded $2,000, and the designs may be used by the developer to show the capability of the space in the penthouse. Congratulations to the winners and congratulations to Constantine Vasilios and the Competition Studio Class! Also a great thank you to the jury for setting up this exciting competition, including John Robert Wiltgen from John Robert Wiltgen Design Inc.; Sara Martens, executive director at Trump International Hotel & Tower; and our Harrington board member Mitchell M.Obstfeld, president and publisher from i4design.


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