Kitchen and Bath grad wins second place in national competition
October 23, 2019

Aspiring designers stretched their creativity in this year’s “Sky’s the Limit” Challenge, the theme of the 2018-19 National Kitchen and Bath Association’s Student Design Competition.

Students were challenged with designing a kitchen or a bathroom for a fictional, newly married couple in their 30s living in San Francisco. The space required a modern-meets-earthy theme and needed to incorporate smart-home technology.

Student designers were encouraged to let their imaginations and creativity run wild. Besides creating a design that accommodated the fictional clients’ needs, the designers had to work within a kitchen budget of $50,000 and a bathroom budget of $20,000.

Among the competitors was Thao Mai (Vivian), a 2019 Kitchen and Bath Design graduate at the Barrie Campus.

Out of 27 colleges across the United States and Canada, she won second place in the competition and will receive $2,500 and a trip to the Las Vegas award ceremony.

As co-ordinator of the Kitchen and Bath Program, I couldn’t be more proud of my students! Our program continues to win provincial and national NKBA competitions. It’s an inspiration for our current students taking our program.

About Vivian

Vivian graduated from Vietnam Hutech University in 2016. She received a bachelor’s degree of Interior Design and placed first for her graduate thesis project.

After graduation she went on to work as an interior designer and was later promoted to a project manager for companies such as VisaGitta, NamSon Joint Stock, and AA Corporation. Her responsibilities included design consulting, design concepts and working closely with consultants and contractors.

Eventually, Vivian started her own company called INDI Concept as an interior designer and visualization artist. In effort to expand her business, Vivian decided to take the Kitchen and Bath Design graduate certificate program at Georgian. During her time as a student, she won numerous kitchen and bath design awards.

Vivian decided to continue with her studies in Canada and is currently pursuing the Project Management program at Georgian.

Vivian shares her Georgian experience

I found Georgian an excellent environment that supported my studies with good infrastructure, available library or study spaces, and the tutor and advisor office was always willing to help.

I had the chance to learn from many experts and professors in design fields, who always encourage and inspired me so much.

I was also given the chance to obtain a lot of knowledge extremely helpful for my future career.

I decided to take the Project Management program because of all the benefits this school has brought to me. I also chose to keep studying at Georgian because of its peace and quiet, nice people, and the fact that Barrie is a safe town. I have to say that choosing Georgian was a great choice I made.

Submitted by Jennifer Lucifora

Thao Mai Vivian with her award
Photo of Bathroom design created by Thao Mai Vivian