DDMagazine: Student Focus

Katie Hubert -- Student ASID

Student Representative to the Board (SRB)
As published in SPRING 2017 DESERT DESIGN

WITH JUST A FEW SHORT WEEKS REMAINING IN THE ACADEMIC YEAR, IT IS SHOCKING to realize how quickly time has passed since the last update I gave regarding the student members of our ASID Arizona North chapter. The third week of January is always a whirlwind, as we dive into new courses after a long holiday break. Despite new class schedules and a change in daily routines, we still achieved a very healthy turnout for the first student event of the new year. Over 20 students from various schools attended the Interior Design Studio Tour on January 20th, hosted by the Scottsdale Community College ASID Chapter board. They took students to three Interior Design studios to expose them to different sized businesses with distinct operation styles and office setups. We met their staff, saw their libraries and warehouses, and learned about the history and structure of each company. We first visited Est Est, Danielle Jacques Designs and then Friedman & Shields. We heard similar words of wisdom at each place, like the testimony that a career in Interior Design is not always as glamorous and fun as people might perceive it, yet it is extremely rewarding. Another trip we heard is that success in the industry is tied to building long-lasting and trusting relationships with product reps, installers, showroom consultants and, of course, clients. One final common piece of advice from each studio is to gain experience in as many different areas of the design industry as possible, or with different designers to absorb as much as possible and to discover what you truly enjoy and what you don’t!

A quick visit that Rachel Simmons and I took to ASU the following week was well received and we found enthusiastic young student leaders seeking to be a part of ASID in addition to their prominent IIDA student chapter. We snagged five new members that day and are so excited to welcome them to our organization!

In February, we were disappointed that the annual Student Design Charette had to be postponed due to low registration, and we hope that the new date (TBD) will bring a higher participation rate. This event is a valuable educational experience for students. They are given the opportunity to prepare for the NCIDQ exam by working in teams on all aspects of a real-life interior design project for a full day. We will be sure to keep members updated on the new date via e-mail communication and on the AZ North website.

Another event organized by the SCC chapter took place in early March, called the Showroom Shuffle. It was open to all students and they visited the new Daltile showroom in Tempe and Knoll. At this same event, the SCC student leaders announced the winners of a re-design competition they held. Several participated, submitting before and after photos in four categories:  Remodel, Redecorate, Refurbish, and Recycle. By far, the most popular category was the Refurbish category. We had no idea so many students were so crafty in their free time!

The winners of each category were judged on creativity, originality, functionality, and extent of transformation.

  • Remodel - MICHELLE MAY
  • Recycle - AMY TOMAN

As we near the end of the semester, many students prepare to graduate and we look forward to one final event of the year, Career Day! This is a full day of valuable speakers and activities to build confidence to set out on their own and begin a rewarding career in design. Students who are members of ASID are lucky to have the opportunity to participate in all these events, educational experiences, and networking that goes on all year round!