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When Hackney’s served its first Hackneyburger back in 1939, Brandon O’Connor’s grandmother wasn’t even born. Now he finds himself competing with 11 other young design students to give the 70-year-old restaurant a fresh new look. It’s all part of the Competition Studio class at Harrington College of Design, a course where seniors in the BFA program experience what it would be like in a real world challenge, complete with clients, deadlines and the ever-present specter of rejection. The student’s work is taken through to presentation boards. On December 15, the 12 students went head-to-head in final presentations, with Hackney’s awarding the winner and runner up a $2,000 and $1,000 cash prize, respectively.

“This competition gives students a taste of life beyond graduation,” said instructor Constantine Vasilios, Chicago architect and interior designer. “Because in the real world, it’s not a professor who’s judging your work, it’s someone who may not have the design vocabulary, but knows what works for them, whether it be the owner of an office building, doctor’s office or a long-standing North Shore institution.”

The owner of this particular North Shore institution is Liz Hebson, who has been a part of Hackney’s since the day she was born.

“We may be seventy years old, but we don’t feel it,” Hebson stated. “The chance to see how we could look for the next seventy years was just too good to pass up.”

But it can’t be just pie-in-the-sky design.

“We have an older client base, who loves us for the way we look and feel,” noted Hebson. “We can’t go from a comfortable, trusted friend to the hippest kid on the block. We can’t lose the identity that made us the success we are.”
That being said, she admits there is plenty of room for improvement. “Our last major design overhaul was in the late 60’s. So yes, we could use a little updating.”

Keep reading more tomorrow to find out who competed, what they designed and who won the competition!

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