UH Manoa Architecture Graduate Takes 2nd Place in Walt Disney Design Competition

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Posted: Sep 3, 2002

Tiffany Lee, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa architecture graduate, placed second for her project entitled, "Charlie and the Amazing Oompa-Loompa Adventure," at the national Walt Disney Imagi-Nations 2002 University Design Competition in Glendale, California. Lee, who graduated this past spring with a degree in architecture, received a $1,500 scholarship and the opportunity to interview for an internship position with the Walt Disney Company.

Imagi-Nations is a university design competition created and sponsored by Walt Disney Imagineering to promote diversity. The competition enables students to showcase their talents and gain practical knowledge in design, and also encourages students to foster new ideas, to be innovative, and to "think outside the box." For the past 10 years, Disney has invited UH Mānoa to take part in the national competition to identify potential "imagineers," and UH Mānoa design teams have placed in the finals for nine of those 10 years.

Students may enter the competition as an individual or as a team. It is required that they be from a participating engineering or architecture association or a full-time student at the junior or senior level majoring in Fine Arts, Digital Arts, Theatrical Design/Production, or Creative Writing.

Walt Disney Imagineering is the creative backbone behind Walt Disney Company that is responsible for the creation and expansion of all elements at the Disney theme parks. Imagineers represent more than 140 disciplines including art, architecture, computer animation, computer science, creative writing, engineering, film, graphic design, illustration, interior design, model making, sculpting, and theater/set design.