Winner of Resource Furniture-hosted Interior Design Competition Announced

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Georgia Tech, Architecture for Humanity, and Resource Furniture to present Zero Energy Housing Design studio work at Dwell on Design, Los Angeles, June 20-22.

Winner of Resource Furniture-hosted interior design competition announced
“Thanks to the Alcoa Foundation, Architecture for Humanity, and Resource Furniture, our research in the area of housing and energy is made possible,” said Michael Gamble, Georgia Tech Associate Professor.

Spring semester students in Georgia Tech’s School of Architecture Zero Energy Design Housing Studio (ZED-H) participated in a juried design competition hosted by Resource Furniture.

Twelve students researched demographics, selected a household typology, and submitted a detailed occupant narrative and comprehensive interior layouts and designs. The competition was judged by an experienced group of industry professionals ranking each submission in eight categories: Design Inspiration, Holistic Design, Space Planning, Interior & Architectural Design, Energy, Marketability, Documentation and Community Integration.

The winning student, Madona Cumar, Master of Architecture (M.Arch), College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, designed a fluid home she called Empty Nesters: A New Housing Option. Ms. Cumar’s design was a well-thought-out exploration of a household that would experience shifting needs over time. Her solution allows for efficient accommodation of the household as it grows, shrinks or changes, providing for community amenities, energy efficiency, and highly flexible spaces throughout the home.

Stephen Taul, Architectural Designer & Studio Advisor, Alix Ogilvie, Program Manager, Architecture for Humanity, and Lisa Blecker, Resource Furniture, will discuss this innovative program and present the students’ work on the GE Monogram Innovation Stage on Saturday, June 21 at 12:30 p.m.

The students’ work will also be on display at Dwell on Design booth #2129. Michael Gamble, associate professor, Stephen Taul, Madona Cumar and a number of other students will be in attendance throughout the show.

This past academic year, ZED-H students explored the development of well-designed, ultra-low energy, cost effective urban housing by researching energy and design, material and spatial innovation, interior design/function and community design, thanks to a gift from Resource Furniture and funding by Alcoa Foundation and Architecture for Humanity.

Over the course of this three-year interdisciplinary studio, students majoring in architecture, high performance building, and engineering will continue to work together to research and, ultimately, fully design, engineer and build a four- to ten-unit net zero energy house prototype that will become a living laboratory for ultra-low energy efficiency testing and other related research. For ongoing information about the project, visit

“Thanks to the Alcoa Foundation, Architecture for Humanity, and Resource Furniture, our research in the area of housing and energy is made possible,” said Michael Gamble, Georgia Tech Associate Professor and principal investigator on the project. “What started as generous support from Resource Furniture has evolved into an excellent working relationship in the area of furniture and interiors. Resource Furniture is a leader in the thoughtful design of small spaces.”

The competition jury was comprised of Amanda Dameron, Editor-in-Chief, Dwell; Paul Makovsky, Editorial Director, Metropolis; Graham Hill, Founder, LifeEdited; Pierluigi Colombo, Architect, Lead Designer for Clei, Eric Bunge, Principal, nArchitects, Mark Ginsberg, Principal, Curtis + Ginsberg; Diana Budd, Editor, Dwell; Seth Weissman, Managing Partner, Weissman Equities; Matthew Weissman, Managing Partner, Weissman Equities; Gary Paul, Principal, GP Incorporated Design Consulting; Lara Appleton, Senior Designer, Peter Marino, Inc.; Pepin Gelardi, Co-Founder, Tomorrow Lab; Theodore Ullrich, Co-Founder, Tomorrow Lab; Laura Bohn, Laura Bohn Interior Design; Christopher Bledsoe, Founding Partner, Stage 3 Properties; Andrew Bledsoe, Founding Partner, Stage 3 Properties.

Resource Furniture and Clei will be exhibiting at Dwell on Design, Booth #935. Dwell on Design takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, June 20-22.


About Resource Furniture
For more than 15 years, Resource Furniture has offered the most inspired and innovative furniture solutions available in the world. With a commitment to providing support and sponsorships of game-changing non-profit and educational initiatives, Resource Furniture is redefining the way consumers and designers think about space, and is now the largest and most comprehensive source for cutting-edge, multi-functional living systems in North America. Showrooms in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and Mexico City,

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