– Monica Mesa, Interior Design MA student
This semester masters students in the Interior Design program participated in a one of a kind design competition and exhibition. The Student Design House project, MADE in America, consisted of teams of 2 working together to re-imagine Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope Leighey House. Over the course of six weeks the student design teams worked extensively to re-design one of the legendary architect’s historical usonian homes located in Alexandria, Virginia, while gaining exposure to real design issues under a certain time frame that they will eventually face one day as professional designers.
The design competition provided students the opportunity to learn about industry professionals, acquire invaluable experiences working directly with manufactures and showrooms, add a valuable and impressive credential to their portfolio, and introduce their work to the public, which will be displayed at the Historical Woodlawn Mansion.
At the conclusion of the design competition, legendary interior designer Alexa Hampton and award winning interior designer Barbara Hawthorn judged 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards. The students’ work is currently on display inside one of the rooms at the Woodlawn Mansion and visitors are welcomes to see the exhibition through June 1, 2013.