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May 16, 2013 - (Middleburg Heights, Ohio)   


Interior Design Students Challenged to Create Dedicated Home Theater with International Flair! 

Students will be mentored by experts from award-winning Audio Video Interiors and leading home cinema manufacturers.  $900 in prize money to be awarded!


Electronic House Home of the Year "Amazing Application" Award, by Audio Video Interiors


Interior Design students are being invited to participate in an exciting design challenge with a top prize of $500 to be awarded during a reception on August 2nd.  Audio Video Interiors, the winner of numerous national awards for home theater design, is hosting this competition with the support of leading manufacturers. The sponsoring manufacturers will provide training and support to the students as well as judge the projects and contribute to the awards.  Leading this distinguished group of judges will be Julie Jacobson, Editor-at-Large, CEPro/Co-founder of Electronic House, EH Publishing.

Michael Pope, President of Audio Video Interiors exclaims, "I am excited to present this opportunity to the students at Virginia Marti, Kent, Akron University and Tri-C. The fact that it is the brain child of our very own Elizabeth Dall, a recent Virginia Marti graduate, makes it that much better.  We are in a position to illustrate the importance of design professionals working in conjunction with Audio/Video engineers to make a Theater Room project successful.  Both elements are important in creating an award-winning project.  I learned this lesson  on a project in 2007 when we designed and installed a high performance theater without the collaboration of an interior designer.  The Audio/Video performance were superb but the room's aesthetics were not equally impressive. Conversely, Audio Video Interiors has won numerous national design awards when skilled interior designers were involved in our theater room projects.  We are thrilled to be the first experience for these young professionals to collaborate with a professional installation firm!"

Lutron Theater
Lutron's automated Lighting & Shade control enhances the home theater experience


"This design challenge should be a learning experience that allows each student to push their personal understanding of the new technology that is transforming the end user experience," explains Cameron Albin, Residential Sales Representative of Lutron, one of the event's sponsors.  "As the relationships between custom installers and designers grow stronger, these activities become more important.  I am happy that I can sponsor this opportunity and hope to be a resource to all the burgeoning young design professionals."


Ahead of the curve
Nationally featured, award-winning theater,
AV Design by Joe Calderaro.


The challenge kicks off on May 30th with two educational sessions.  The first is a CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) Course entitled "Designing Dedicated Theaters", presented by Joe Calderaro, Project Engineer & Technology Advisor at Audio Video Interiors.    This hour-long Lunch & Learn is open to Interior Designers, Architects, Builders & Remodelers as well as students. Immediately following is a workshop where the students will learn firsthand from manufacturers' representatives. These sponsors will cover the specific elements that will be included in the projects; Automated Lighting Control, Drapery Control, Speakers, Video Projection & Screens, Seating, Acoustics, Custom Theater Design & build-outs, and more. 



Over the following 6 weeks, students will have access to the home theater design experts at Audio Video Interiors as well as to the sponsors for technical support, materials, etc.   They will be required to submit their Design Intent, Plans, Drawings, and Specifications.  They have a limitless budget for their project which will have an International Theme.


Projects will be submitted by July 8th and displayed in the Gallery of Environments by Design, the collaborative design center that is a 5,000 Sq. Ft. "Residence" within the Audio Video Interiors showroom. 


CinemaTech Strident Theater 
CinemaTech's Strident Theater

Barrett Whiteman
, Vice President of Sales, CinemaTech states, "As the unparalleled leader in high-end home theater seating and custom theater designs,
CinemaTech is proud to sponsor this challenge that emphasizes the importance of acoustics & theater performance without compromising aesthetics, comfort and the entire home theater environment. CinemaTech enjoys a reputation of creatively "pushing the boundaries" and is eager to unveil the inspired results by these up-and-coming designers in this internationally-themed challenge."


Leon speaker with Cinecurve
Custom Leon Speakers with Stewart Cinecurve Screen

The theater design will specify Leon Speakers.  When Noah Kaplan, President of Leon was invited to sponsor the challenge, he did not hesitate.  "At Leon,
our vision has always been to mix art with audio.  We love participating in events that inspire students and aspiring designers to think creatively about how to integrate technology into our day to day lives in a more meaningful way. We've noticed that although technology has become easier to use, it hasn't necessarily become easier to incorporate into modern architecture. We have worked extensively with designers and integrators to try to solve these common problems. This video demonstrates our approach to these situations. You'll notice that we refer to our speaker solutions as a "palette of products" to which you can creatively apply your own designs, and we are always open to new perspectives. Sometimes you learn the most in unexpected situations, so we enter these with open minds and open ears."  


Arabian influenced Design
This Arabian-inspired Design won multiple awards including "Best Dedicated Home Theater" and features Digital Projection & Stewart Filmscreen.
AV Design by Jason Spence, Audio Video Interiors

A Reception will be held on August 2nd for particpating students, their families, the design community and home theater enthusiasts.  The Press is invited to attend.  Three winners will be announced with cash prizes of $150, $250 and $500 being awarded.  Projects will be featured on both Audio Video Interiors' and Environments by Design's websites and social media sites to promote the Interior Design student's work. 

 The Home Theater Student Design Challenge Packet is available for download on the company's website under the Industry Partner tab.   

For additional information, please contact Lisa Matthews, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, at 440-886-6666 or lisam@audiovideointeriors.net.  



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About Audio Video Interiors & Environments by Design 

The winner of numerous prestigious National Awards, Audio Video Interiors and Safety Technologies is the premier systems integrator in Ohio, devoted to integrating a full range of entertainment, safety, life-enhancing electronic solutions, and emerging technologies for homes and business.  CEPro Magazine has named Audio Video Interiors a Top 100 Dealer for the past nine years, while The Mark of Excellence Awards program, presented by CEA's TechHome Division, recently named Audio Video Interiors TechHome Integrator of the Year.  

Environments by Design is a collaboration of design, product, service and construction professionals who have formed a partnership to simplify renovation projects.  They have created an exquisite design center to showcase their various design elements in a realistic 5,000 sq. ft. residence, built within the showroom.  The showroom has received the CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) 2012 Best Showroom Award. 


7204 Pearl Road, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130