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October 2020

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RETAILOBSERVER.COM OCTOBER 2020 30 A S S O C I A T I O N N E W S K athleen Rose Parrott, PhD, CKE, has seen first-hand the changing face of design year after year through the eyes of her students. Throughout her 32-year career at Virginia Tech University, she has been an esteemed and beloved professor. Most notably, she is a founding faculty member of VT's Center for Real Life Design. A first of its kind in the country, the Center is a multifaceted laboratory that enables students to explore design solutions with emphasis on universal design and sustainability. Her dedication to the Center and its students is just one of the accolades that reinforced her selection into the NKBA Hall of Fame this year. "I am both humbled by and proud of the recognition," Parrott said upon accepting the award. "Being part of NKBA has been very important in my career." According to a former student, Parrot encourages her students to think outside the box, "She encouraged us to be free thinkers while still reminding us of the guidelines and codes." And Parrot is certainly an expert on kitchen and bath codes and guidelines. She is the co-author of NKBA's "Kitchen Planning: Guidelines, Codes Standards," 2nd edition, and "Bath Planning: Guidelines, Codes Standards," 2nd edition, and helped to establish the NKBA Professional Resource Library. As a Certified Kitchen Educator (CKE), her work is often published in prestigious academic journals. In February, the NKBA will induct a new class to its Hall of Fame. Established in 1989, this elite and exclusive group (currently fewer than 100 professionals) represents a cross-section of individuals who have contributed to the growth and professionalism of the association and the kitchen and bath industry. Their achievements have had a profound influence on the industry, shifting the way the kitchen and bath industry designs, manu- facturers and educates. Like many of her fellow Hall of Fame inductees, one of Parrott's greatest joys is watching the growth and progression of the next generation of industry game-changers, "I am so very proud that we now have Virginia Tech Hokies working in the industry all over the country, doing fantastic jobs such as designers, project managers and taking leadership roles within their companies. It is so exciting each year, when the (NKBA) Thirty Under 30 list comes out, and I see the faces and names of former students. That really helps to make it all worthwhile." The NKBA Hall of Fame was established in 1989. Inductees are selected by a standing program committee through member nominations. Nominations for the class of 2021 are open now and inductees will be honored during KBIS 2021 in February. A complete list of inductees and nomination forms can be found on NKBA HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE EMPOWERS NEXT GENERATION OF DESIGN LEADERS Virginia Tech professor Kathleen Parrott, Ph.D., CKE, is inducted into the NKBA Kitchen and Bath Hall of Fame RO

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