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


2014 Student Interior Design Career Day – Save the Date!

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Boston Lights Exposition – Save the Date!

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Summer 2014 MA/MFA Student Show

The Summer 2014 MA & MFA Graduate Show is now open at Adam’s Gallery! Our students will have their work showcased there is the coming weeks, and we will celebrate with a reception in their honor on September 3rd at 5:30pm. We hope you can join us!

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NESAD Alum in the Boston Globe!

MAIA alum Leah Cantor is mentioned in today’s Boston Globe style section!

Michael J. Lee/Globe Staff

Michael J. Lee/Globe Staff

When Waltham interior designer Leah Cantor was tapped by Boston’s Room to Dream Foundation to make over the bedroom of a chronically ill 14-year-old boy named Sean, she jumped at the opportunity. “It was an honor and a thrill,” says Cantor.

After meeting with Sean (Room to Dream does not release last names of families it serves) and his family, Cantor collaborated with interior designer Shalini Sookar to transform the small room with red walls and heavy drapes into a light and airy space with ample area to display Sean’s sports memorabilia. The high school freshman also has room to hang out with his friends, and focus on schoolwork.

“A lot of makeovers for kids’ rooms tend to be based around a theme,” says Cantor. “We didn’t want to do that here — kids’ tastes and loves change over time. We designed something more sophisticated, a space that Sean could grow into.”


Check out the rest of the story here. Well done, Leah!

Photos from the BFA & MAIA Spring Graduate Show

Congrats to everyone on a successful show!

The MAIA Class of 2014

The MAIA Class of 2014

The BFA Interior Design Class of 2014

The BFA Interior Design Class of 2014

Sarah, Nancy, Luke, Anna

Sarah Gosson, Professor Nancy Hackett, Luke Tanguay, and Professor Anna Gitelman

Lauren Pulver

Lauren M. Pulver

Gina Mosca, Holly, Megan, Kim

Gina Mosca, Holly Vogel, Meagan Campolong, and Kim Boutwell


Lenny Pierce


Angela S. Plante


Ania Siekierski and Samantha Holst


Guests enjoy the BFA work on display


Luke Tanguay

Register for “Anatomy of a Real Estate Development Project”


BFA & MAIA Graduate Show – Spring 2014

The semester is winding down and it’s almost time for the Spring 2014 BFA & MAIA Graduate Show! Our students will have their work showcased in the NESAD Gallery on the second floor, and we will celebrate with a reception in their honor on Friday, May 9th at 5:30pm. We hope you can join us!

Grad Show 2014

Enter the IIDA NE Student Scholarship – Deadline May 31

iidaNE Scholarship

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

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