IIDA NE Education Fund Scholarship Winner

BFA student Daniela Galindo-Patete is the winner of the 2015 IIDA NE Education Fund Student Scholarship! She and two other local students are recipients of a $1200 scholarship — congrats Daniela!

Her winning submission is below:



NESAD at the IIDA New England Interior Design Awards

Several NESAD students submitted work for the IIDA New England Interior Design Awards this year. The students were recognized at last week’s award ceremony, and MAIA student Natalia Villanova Mitre won an IIDA award for her graduate thesis project. Congrats to all involved!

NESADSU Interior Design students whose project submissions were showcased

NESADSU Interior Design students whose project submissions were showcased. From L to R: Holly Vogel, Swathi De Faria, Meagan Campolong, Natalia Villanova Mitre, Stephany Arizabaleta, Emma Carmody, Angela Lee, Farida Sadliwala, and Kim Boutwell


IIDA Award winner Natalia Villanova Mitre

IIDA Award winner Natalia Villanova Mitre


MAIA student Stephany Arizabaleta

MAIA student Stephany Arizabaleta


MAIA student Swathi DeFaria

MAIA student Swathi De Faria

BFA student Emma Carmody

BFA student Emma Carmody

Swathi, Emma, Natalia, and Stephany

Swathi, Emma, Natalia, and Stephany

Congratulations, Natalia!

Congratulations to MAIA student Natalia Villanova Mitre! She recently won a $2500 scholarship from NEWH and celebrated at last night’s New England Region NEWH Holiday Gala.


Natalia and her husband celebrate her scholarship win.

2014 IIDA NE Student Scholarship Winner!

Congrats to MAIA student Kim Boutwell, one of the 2014 winners of the IIDA NE Student Scholarship!

Applicants submitted a two-page digital portfolio, two letters of recommendation, a current class schedule, and a scholarship application describing where they hoped their design career path would take them. After a fierce competition with many creative submissions three talented winners were awarded scholarships in the amount of $1,200 each!

Kim’s winning portfolio submissions are below — well done, Kim!

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IIDA Student Design Charette

The 3rd Annual IIDA Student Design Charette at NeoCon 2014 took place on Tuesday, June 10th. Featuring 10 teams, IIDA Student Members were faced with solving a design challenge within 6 hours, using only hand drafting and rendering. The teams then presented their design to a panel of judges that included Zurich Esposito, EVP of AIA Chicago; Scott Hierlinger, IIDA, LEED AP, ID+C; Tom Marquardt, Assoc IIDA, SBID; Felice Silverman, FIIDA, LEED AP, ID+C. Following their critique of the solutions, the judges selected the 1st and 2nd place winning teams.

MAIA Students Kim Boutwell and Mary Schambach were nominated by NESAD and participated in this year’s NeoCon event — Kim’s team won 2nd place!

Additional photos and information about the event can be found at the IIDA website.

Congrats to Kim and Mary on a job well done!


Kim Boutwell and her team, 2nd place winners


Mary's Team

Mary Schambach’s NeoCon team


Congrats to Natalia, winner of a 2014 Gensler brinkmann Scholarship!

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Blogging Days!

Salute to All of My Fellow Interior Designers!

I must say that this spring semester was challenging, but it was fun at last and we did it!  We finished another semester strong. Thanks so much to NESAD for giving me the opportunity to blog and revamp this site. Thanks also to Molly Akin and Jordan Cogswell for their endless support to help make this blog possible.  I will truly miss blogging here, but you can still find me at my other blog and around NESAD this summer.  Adios for now!

Last but not least, Congratulations to Class of 2012!

~Liz Lo

BFA Senior ID Students Visit The Big Apple

On April 13th, Adjunct Professor Kathi Vander Laan and Professor Nancy Hackett took a group of senior Interior Design students to New York City. The students visited both firms and showrooms, and experienced the High Line, a public park built on a historic elevated rail line in Manhattan. Thanks to Professor Kathi Vander Laan for setting up the tour, which included hospitality firm BBG-BBGM and the Gensler designed AllSteel showroom.

Kim Boutwell Featured in Stuff Magazine

In this month’s Stuff Magazine’s issue features one of NESAD’s interior design students, Kim Boutwell.  Kim has a very stylist taste that translates to her studio space really nicely where she shares with her significant other, Sean Frederick.  This chic studio that Kim designs is done with a limited budget and shows that all it takes it a “little creativity and an appreciation for timeless design.”

What is so great about this palette is that it is soothing, fun, and classic.  Also the different shapes, colors, and materials work so well together to create a beautiful space that makes this space both functional and aesthetically pleasing.  Congrats Kim!  

For more on this article click this link.

Celebrate NESAD on Friday, March 9th!

DesignIntelligence magazine has named The New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University #3 among “America’s Top 10 Interior Design Schools” for 2012 at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

NESAD SU undergraduate program ranked #3 overall, tied with Pratt Institute, University of Cincinnati, the University of Florida, and the BAC, while the graduate program ranked #3 to tie with Pratt Institute.  In this year’s two skills assessment categories, NESAD SU ranked 2nd in Communication and 3rd in Cross-Disciplinary Teamwork (with Auburn University).

Karen Clarke, co-director of the Interior Design program, was also named one of Design Intelligence’s “25 Most Admired Educators” of 2012.

The University is very honored for these awards and is celebrating this achievement on Friday, March 9, 2012 at Montage.

To attend this event, please RSVP to Jordan Cogswell at jcogswell@suffolk.edu by March 2nd.


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