Semptember 10: Phanie Gapinski

Phanie Gapinski graduated from our program in 2003 and has been living and designing in Washington DC for the past 6 years. She has designed award winning commercial interiors, high-end retail boutiques as well as residential and multi-family spaces. For Phanie, design is much more than a career, it is her passion. In addition to interior design, she also is a graphic artist, a roller derby girl known as Phang, and uses sewing and gardening to remain grounded. In her own words, "anything challenging or related to creative exploration is what it's all about".


Back in Business

It's hard to believe but we are already into the third week of the semester. We have a fantastic bunch of students that are working on a variety of projects. The walls (and hard drives) are already filled with a new year of design work.

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Emily Price Wins Thesis Prize

Emily Price was awarded the Interior Design Thesis Prize at the Annual School of Architecture + Design Awards Banquet. The prize is funded through the A+D Career Fair, so we want to thank the firms that participate in that event. Emily's work was developed in the Dedicated Lighting Studio taught by Lisa Tucker. Congratulations Emily, we will miss you and all of your classmates. Good luck and stay in touch.

Thesis Prize Finalists included:

Allison Elsaesser (working with Greg Tew)

Amrita Raja (working with Helene Renard)

Kate Balfour (working with Brad Whitney)

Phi Luong and Hye Won Kim (working with Lisa Tucker)


May 01: Jessica Altizer + Alina Soroka

Jessica Altizer ('02) and Alina Soroka ('05) are both Virginia Tech Interior Design graduates and current colleagues at AECOM Design in Roanoke, VA. AECOM Design, formerly HSMM or Hayes Seay, Mattern, and Mattern, started as a homegrown engineering, architectural, and design firm that has recently merged into an international provider of the built environment. Jessica and Alina will share recent opportunities as interior designers at the firm, including the new office relocation, LEED CI interpretations, and the overall design process from concept through occupancy.