SFCC student wins kitchen design award
By: Paul Weideman
Published online: Sunday, August 05, 2012
Appeared in: Home, Santa Fe Real Estate Guide
Edition: August 2012 Vol. 15 No. 5
Also by Paul Weideman:
Mathematics is like spinach. Even if you don’t love it,
it’s good for you. Math helped Karen Klavuhn win
a $1,300 Honorable Mention award in the 2012 National
Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and GE Appliances
Klavuhn participated in the charette at Santa Fe Com-
munity College, where she is pursuing an associate degree
in interior design, and a kitchen and bath certificate. She
learned about this competition from Joanne Burns, her
Burns, who earned her degree in interior design at
Michigan State University, teaches beginning and advanced
kitchen and bath classes at SFCC. She also takes students
on a field trip to the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry
Show, most recently held in Chicago. There they view some
600 vendors of kitchen and bath products and learn about
the newest choices in cabinets, countertops, plumbing
fixtures, and appliances.
“This charette competition simulates the students’ CKD
[certified kitchen designer] exams,” Burns said. “The stu-
dents are given three hours. It’s all hand-drafting. They’re
given a choice of two appliance packages, a profile of the
client [in this case a married couple with a 14-year-old
daughter], and the floor space with windows and doors.
They have to design a kitchen that would meet their needs.”
More than 390 students from 31 colleges around the U.S.
participated in the charette. Klavuhn and two other SFCC
students — Ambree Krueger and Kerry McDonald — were
among the 81 finalists, each of whom received a $50 award.
Klavuhn was one of five Honorable Mention winners in
America. She is attending the community college following
a career as a math and science teacher. So how did math
help her in the design charette, exactly?
“Well, they give you the basic outline of the room and
you have to do all the square-foot measurements, then you
have to figure out the dimensions and placement of the
cabinets and refrigerator and everything else,” she said.
Interior design will be a second career.
“I’ve always sort of done this on my own, transforming
spaces in remodels for myself and for others. It’s time to get
paid for it, I guess.”