Sydney Melnyk still can’t believe she’s a double winner in student design competitions.
“It’s pretty crazy; I can hardly believe it,” says the Lakeland College alumna of winning first place in two National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) design competitions: the 2015-16 Charette Design Competition and the 2015-16 Schoolhouse Charm Student Design Competition.
Competing against students from across North America, the Class of 2016 grad says she was prepared to do well thanks to Lakeland’s Interior Design program. “I really like that we had smaller class sizes in the studio. I felt heard and able to ask our instructors questions. They were always willing to help and make sure you understood concepts,” she says. “I would recommend Lakeland to anyone.”
In each competition, Melnyk won for her kitchen designs. In the Charette competition, Melnyk and close to 100 NKBA student members from 11 other post-secondary institutions created a functional kitchen in a three-hour time frame, while in the Schoolhouse Charm competition, competitors designed a kitchen for real clients, who are now building the kitchen of their dreams thanks to Melnyk.
“I am very detail-oriented; I try to go above and beyond to make sure I hit all of the points that the client wants. To see the construction process underway is surreal; I am going to have my first kitchen designed and constructed – it’s very exciting,” says Melnyk.
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