July 06, 2010

Interior Design Student Receives ‘Award of Excellence’ in National Competition

Name: Stephen Flibotte
Age: 21
Year of Graduation: 2010
Program: Interior Design
Hometown: Plaistow, NH

Could you explain the ASID Yale Burge Competition? What is it and what did you submit? 

The competition, held by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is a national competition that “recognizes outstanding design and presentation skills of interior design students in their final year of undergraduate study.” It’s intended to assess the presentation skill level for project components of a student’s portfolio. I submitted 12 components from my past projects, which included renderings, furniture details, sections, and construction documents for a law firm and penthouse dwelling. There was a single student winner, and I won one of the five awards of excellence.

What have you learned from the experience? 

Entering and placing in this competition has reassured me that the work I’ve developed at Wentworth is recognized as successful and highly regarded. It’s nice to get that proverbial “good job” from the kind of people that I may be working with in the future.

What do you like best about your program?

I enjoy that I am able to bridge the gap between creative and technical processes in order to create spaces that not only serve the user, but will hopefully inspire others. I like that at Wentworth our interior design faculty are very much aware of what makes a well-informed designer and work hard to educate us students every step of the way.

Why did you select Wentworth?

I became aware of its reputation for being successful in turning students into professionals from two of my family members who attended the school in the past. Also, I always wanted to attend college in Boston because I love the city and I knew that there would be many opportunities here. Lastly, I was impressed with Wentworth’s integrated co-op program and felt that graduating with work experience would be an asset for anyone entering the professional realm.

What was your co-op experience like?

Co-op gave me great reference for how interior design and architecture exists in the “real world.” I worked in a studio of just three people whose work consisted mostly of residential and small commercial work. This not only provided work experience, but allowed me to decide what work environment and project types I like.

What are your future career plans?

My short-term goal is to start working with a firm or office that I know will help me develop knowledge and experience in the field, which will hopefully make me successful in the future. One of my long-term goals is to be able to design for social purposes such as non-profit organizations. I firmly believe that the skills and talents that interior designers possess can help to change people’s lives, and I want to share that part of me with others.

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen?

Keep an open mind. You’re going to learn and experience things that are brand new. Whether you love it, hate it, or are confused by it, just let it happen and take it for what it is. It will only help you become a better student and person.

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