April marks the conclusion of the busy 2021-2022 school year for the Department of Interior Architecture and Design. The semester, always busy, builds to a creative conclusion for students who complete their work on projects not only in retail, hospitality environments and custom furniture objects in the studios, but also history, lighting, computer-aided design and host of other course requirements.
However, students this year have also been highly successful in receiving other notable accolades outside of the Department at Florida State University. One student secured the People’s Choice Award for the Master’s in 4 Competition at FSU (Hannah Smith), and another People’s Choice award was awarded to a student (Tiffany Machin) in the College of Fine Arts Student Excellence in Visual Arts Exhibition. Successes in the Dean’s Cup (Hannah Smith), the SIX Magazine publication (Ciara Iglesias) and an Honors in the Major Thesis Award (Lani Daes) showcase excellence in community building, design and writing and inquiry.
The Department’s students also impacted the world beyond the walls of FSU. For example, from a pool of entries submitted by designers and others throughout Tallahassee, three IAD graduate students (Alana Houston, Sarah Rifqi, and Hannah Smith) secured the top honor for the Goodwood House and Gardens Memorial to the Enslaved Competition, and plans are underway for their design to be physically constructed on the grounds. Students are also well represented among academic organizations beyond FSU, such as the two Interior Design Educators Council Foundation Scholars among our graduate students (Hannah Smith and Rachel Bannister) and also the winner of the Thomasville FLAUNT Art Opening show (Laura Greenwood).
This year student achievements also include national design recognitions such as membership among the “Metropolis 100” top design students with Metropolis Magazine (Arianna Dantes), the Kravet Design of Distinction competition (Rebecca Lepp), and individual scholarships with organizations including the hospitality design professional organization NEWH (Hannah Smith), the retail design organization PAVE (Tiffany Machin), and a full host of design competition achievements with the American Society of Interior Designers.
For a full celebration of these achievements and many more besides, we invite you to check out the 2022 Student Award Celebration video, which also announces students who are receiving scholarships made possible by the Department’s friends and supporters, Advisory Council members and emeriti faculty.
Congratulations to our many students whose excellence is a hallmark of their dedication, commitment and creativity!