July 30, 2010

Alyssa Tsoutsouras - Interior Design Student

Tsoutsouras stands before her design board.

Alyssa Tsoutsouras, Interior Design '11, has been awarded an interior design scholarship in the amount of $30,000 through the Angelo Donghia Foundation as the result of her submission in a nationwide design competition.  Her project focused on designing a loft in a residential building in the Greater Boston area, and her fictitious clients, who are sailors, inspired the nautical theme used throughout.   She is the first Wentworth recipient of this scholarship, which was awarded to only 12 students from across the country. 

Tsoutsouras tastefully and beautifully captured her clients' passion for sailing through the use of sea-inspired colors.  She chose a neutral palette and serene textures to achieve a laid-back atmosphere typically associated with sailing.  "I used a lot of light blues and a lot of light greens," says Tsoutsouras.  "I also used teak wood throughout which is used in a lot of ships and sailboats.  And there are a lot of bronze elements there."

Her submission was part of a project she worked on in her junior studio course for interior design students.  Participants in the competition needed to be junior interior design students and their projects could be either residential or commercial.  Properly displayed on three boards, contestants incorporated the needs of their respective clients.

Tsoutsouras chose to design a bookcase that spanned two floors, incorporating functional storage space.  "I decided to make it a statement piece," she says.  "The stairs wrap around it, uniting the public and private spaces."

When Tsoutsouras found out she won, she "was a little shocked," she says.  "But I was so relieved because I spent the whole semester working on the project."  The scholarship will cover tuition for her senior year and other expenses.   

Tsoutsouras has wanted to be an interior designer since she was a child.  She plasters her work space with photos of design inspiration, and revels in the beauty of transformation.  After two co-op jobs, and a third in the works, Tsoutsouras raves about Wentworth and her unique experiences and opportunities.  "Every time I come back from co-op I feel like I'm one step further; that I've learned so much.  My knowledge just grows and grows."

Upon graduation in 2011, Tsoutsouras plans on attending graduate school.

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