Marymount University Students Finish Second in National Interior Design Video CompetitionView the prize-winning video
Students in Marymount University’s interior design program
recently won national recognition, when they were awarded second place in the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) video competition. IDEC is the leading association and authority on interior design education, and its mission is “the advancement of interior design education, scholarship, and service.”
The competition challenged students to create a video that answers the question, "How does interior design education intersect with the practice of interior design?” The Marymount team approached it from a school vs. real world perspective, conveying the direct relationship between the two.
In class, interior design students begin with product research that includes learning about building codes, fire codes, sustainability benchmarks, accessibility issues, and safety requirements. This information is then incorporated into bubble and blocking diagrams and then CAD rendition. With these components completed, students create design boards and present to their peers. This mirrors the real-world process, with the only difference being that professional design boards are presented to real clients, and there are millions of dollars in play.
Michelle Bendit ʼ15, an interior design major with minors in business, fine art, and sustainability, explains, “We wanted to communicate how our interior design education here at Marymount equips us for the future, working in a professional firm.” The students got to see first-hand how their projects follow the same process as professionals when they filmed at the offices of three top interior design giants: Gensler, Perkins+Will, and HOK. Bendit recalls, “It was an amazing experience to actually sit at the desks of highly-respected, current interior design professionals and imagine what our future might look like after graduation.”
With still a year of college to go, Bendit is looking to translate her interior design education into a career in humanitarian design to benefit communities in need. She says, “A well-designed interior can calm, energize, excite, or comfort depending on the need and use of the space. My goal is to help develop low-cost, sustainable alternatives for daily activities and to create comfortable, functional, and beautiful spaces in which individuals can live and grow.”
Katie Scheer ʼ16, another Marymount interior design major, also expressed her excitement with this glimpse into what a career as an interior designer would entail, and added that the experience energized her competitive streak. She notes, “As a sophomore, I was really honored to be invited to work with such talented students on this video project. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire process, from the early development all the way to filming at the amazing design firms. I am proud to represent Marymount's Interior Design Department, and I'm really looking forward to working on a submission for next year and going for first place!"