Interior Design Alumnas Shine at ASID Awards

Program Director Anne Farniok served on four-judge panel

Five alumnas of the Interior Design program at Dakota County Technical College were recognized at the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Minnesota awards ceremony, New Traditions\A Modern Social, Thursday, November 10, 2016, at the Women’s Club of Minneapolis.

The ASID Minnesota Awards event was hosted by Jayne Haugen-Olson, editorial director of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Anne Farniok, CID, LEED AP, Interior Design program director and faculty, was one of four judges selected to evaluate project entries. Submitted by professional interior designers in Minnesota, projects ranged from small bathrooms to kitchens to entire residences to corporate headquarters. There were more than 120 entries in the competition.


Anne Farniok (left) and program alum, Heather Neurer

Anne Farniok (left) and program alum, Heather Neurer

“Our alumni took home two first place awards, including Darsi Floersch, Allied ASID, of Martha O’Hara Interiors, for ‘Multiple Rooms/Entire Residence Over 10,000 Square Feet, and Tracy Hains, Allied ASID, and Calie Pierce, ASID, of Che Bella Interiors, for ‘Kitchens Under 300 Square Feet,'” Anne said. “Darsi won for her entry, ‘Distinguished Wooded Estate.’ Tracy and Calie won for ‘Mid-Century Kitchen/Mudroom Transformation’ (see gallery below).”

Anne added that Pat Undlin, Allied ASID, of Pappas Design, was honored with the Tom Gunkleman Legacy Award for Mentorship. “Pat graduated from our program in 1982,” Anne said. “She has exemplified mentorship through her many years of service on our advisory committee and her continuous involvement with our students.”


DCTC at ASID MN 2016 Awards

First Place

Multiple Rooms/Entire Residence Over 10,000 Square Feet
Project Name: Distinguished Wooded Estate
Designer: Darsi Floersch, Allied ASID, and Tracie West Irving, Allied ASID
Firm: Martha O’Hara Interiors

Kitchens Under 300 Square Feet
Project Name: Mid-Century Kitchen/Mudroom Transformation
Designer: Tracy Hains, Allied ASID, and Calie Pierce, ASID
Firm: Che Bella Interiors

Chapter Award

Tom Gunkleman Legacy Award for Mentorship
Pat Undlin, Allied ASID
Firm: Pappas Design

Merit Award

Kitchens 401-500 Square Feet
Project Name: Mid Century Revitalization
Designer: Kristin Rohweder-Rackner, Allied ASID, and Kimberly Scanlon, Allied ASID
Firm: Crush Collective

Che Bella Interiors Q & A

Tracy Hains and Calie Pierce of Che Bella Interiors

Tracy Hains and Calie Pierce of Che Bella Interiors

Tracy Hains, Allied ASID, Che Bella Interiors owner and principal designer, graduated from DCTC in 2009. Calie Pierce, ASID, NCIDQ Certified, lead designer at Che Bella, graduated three years later. Calie took a moment to answer the following questions from DCTC News. You can follow Che Bella Interiors on the firm’s blog.

What did you like best about the Interior Design program?
I’ve/we’ve talked and interviewed recent graduates of other programs and there is truly a difference between the DCTC program vs. other associate programs. We were incredibly fortunate to have a well-rounded design education through DCTC, and have obtained skills that be used for many years to come. The instructors are very knowledgeable and used real-world experience to create a great program.

What would you tell a college student thinking about choosing interior design as a career path?
I’d also recommend that you learn as much as you can about construction so that you can create designs that make sense for each application. I’d also tell them to work on being detail oriented and organized as much of design is about communication, specifications and details. The beautiful final outcome of your design has many steps before it comes to fruition, and your future design firm will need you to be professional and organized in order to make it happen.

What made your project stand out in the ‘Kitchens Under 300 Square Feet’ category?
The judges mentioned that one of their favorite features of our project was that we reused the original steel cabinets within the kitchen. The clients were also able to source additional steel cabinets from a kitchen in Omaha that was being remodeled, which allowed us to mix and match cabinet sizes as well as add cabinets to additional spaces within the home. A fresh coat of paint on the cabinets and they came to life again!

Crush Collective

DCTC alumnas, Kristin Rohweder-Rackner, Allied ASID, and Kimberly Scanlon, Allied ASID, of Crush Collective, took home best in show and first place for ‘Kitchens Over 300 Square Feet’ and a merit award for ‘Kitchens Under 300 Square Feet’ at the ASID MN 2015 Awards. You can follow Crush Collective on the firm’s blog.

More about Anne Farniok…

Anne Farniok

Anne Farniok

Anne Farniok is Interior Design program director and faculty. Anne started her teaching career at DCTC in 1998 and was involved as an adjunct and advisory board member until 2007 when she became a full-time faculty member.

Anne has a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Minnesota and is currently pursuing graduate studies in Sustainable Architecture.  She has more than 20 years of experience in the interior design field with work experience in both commercial and residential interiors.

A Certified Interior Designer, or CID, in the state of Minnesota, she also is a LEED AP, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional, which is a credential that is administered by the Green Building Certification Institute and represents her understanding of green building practices (read more…).

To learn more about the Interior Design program at DCTC, contact:

Anne Farniok
Interior Design Director and Faculty

Distinguished Wooded Estate

Distinguished Wooded Estate

1 Comment

  • Hi,

    Would it be alright if ASID shared some of these beautiful images on our social channels? The awards are well-deserved and we would like to share some of our members’ many accomplishments. Feel free to email me directly at

    Thank you,
    Jessica McConnell
    Digital Marketing Associate for ASID HQ

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