Interior Design program reaccredited by NKBA

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January 20, 2016
Lakeland College’s interior design technology program has once again met the stringent standards for National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) reaccreditation
Interior design instructors were notified last week that the program’s kitchen and bath curriculum met the educational standards established by the NKBA. It is currently the only NKBA accredited program in Canada and one of only 55 accredited programs in North America.

Lakeland first earned full NKBA accreditation in 1999. Unlike previous accreditations when NKBA representatives visited the Vermilion campus to speak with people and review curriculum and student work, this was a digital reaccreditation. 

Faculty members Fiona McLeod, Greg Plant and Rochelle Horne submitted a self-study report and an analysis of competencies related to four categories: planning and design, construction systems, business and project management, and products/materials. NKBA’s evaluation included classroom observations, a curriculum review meeting with faculty, a presentation of projects, and interviews with students, faculty and administration. The accreditation renewal is good for seven years although the NKBA does require the program to submit student work samples every year. 

Being an NKBA accredited program provides Lakeland with a special niche in the post-secondary education market, says McLeod. 

“For our students, it means they have the opportunity to enter NKBA student design competitions and they have access to NKBA scholarships. It’s especially valuable for those interested in becoming a kitchen or bath specialist,” she says. 

Students who graduate from an NKBA accredited program are also uniquely qualified to earn an NKBA certification designation. 

Lakeland College students have excelled in NKBA design competitions, earning a minimum of an honourable mention every year for the past 12 years. In September it was announced that Laura Cobb placed first in the NKBA/General Electric Charette Competition while Bree-Anne Hubick finished third. The NKBA Student Kitchen Design Competition was won by Lakeland’s Kayla Soto. Cobb finished in third place. 

Horne and McLeod along with second-year interior design students are in Las Vegas from Jan. 16-23. They are attending the 2016 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) which is Jan. 19-21. In addition to KBIS, faculty and students are touring the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, an iconic architectural landmark in Las Vegas designed by architect Frank Gehry. They are also visiting the Las Vegas CityCenter which received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.  

Instructor Greg Plant checks out Sydney Melnyk’s design for the 2016 NKBA competition.

January 20, 2016