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Kendall Students Win Big at Michigan Design Center’s Annual Career Day

Posted May 8, 2013 in Student

Kendall College of Art and Design’s (KCAD) American Society of Interior Design (ASID) and International Interior Design Association (IIDA) student groups sent a contingent of 14 Interior Design students to the Michigan Design Center’s Annual Student Career Day in Troy, MI. 

The Michigan Design Center hosts this annual event in an effort to bring students into their 30-plus showrooms to experience the products and services offered, and to hear from professionals in the field. The Michigan Design Center provides the largest selection of fine interior furnishings in Michigan and is the primary resource for the interior design community throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Ontario, Canada. 

The ASID/IIDA students led this initiative by determining the details and associated costs for the trip. The group’s faculty advisor, mentor, treasurer and acting chauffer, Tara McCrackin, Assistant Professor of Interior Design, supported the students along the way. The group of students – who ranged from sophomores to seniors – had plenty of time to get to know each other better, talk about their expectations for the event and for their careers as they traveled to the event.

Throughout the course of the event students had the opportunity to interact with others from programs all over the state. The event boasted attendance of more than 102 students and instructors from 13 colleges and universities. This event was the perfect medium for students to engage with experienced designers who practice on the east side of Michigan.

A portion of the of the Career Day program focused on presenting awards for the ASID 24th Annual Ghiordes Knot Competition and the 2013 IIDA MI Dr. Virginia North Student Competition. Winning students were honored with certificates and cash awards. KCAD students were well represented in these competitions. 

The ASID 24th Annual Ghiordes Knot Competition included 42 entries from 3 participating schools and was swept by KCAD students. Laura Fussman, Senior, took first place and received a cash award of $400. Taking home the Honorable Mention awards were Lauren Breymeyer, Senior, and Michael Fisher, Sophomore, who both received $200 dollar cash awards.


Fussman, Breymeyer and Fisher

The 2013 IIDA MI Dr. Virginia North Student Competition included 27 entries from three schools. KCAD students placed first and second out of the three awards given. Kaitlyn Volpe, Senior, won first place and was presented with a $300 cash award. Kayla Mousseau, Senior, won second place and was presented with a $200 cash award.

Percival Business College by Kaitlyn Volpe

Kirkbride Suites by Kayla Mousseau


KCAD’s Interior Design program is proud of how well these students represented KCAD in these state-wide competitions and looks forward to their impressive future accomplishments.

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