The Daltile Interior Design Scholarship, presented by the ASID Foundation, is an annual design competition that formally recognizes and rewards design excellence and talent, while broadening the number of scholarships available to interior design undergraduate students. The goals of this scholarship are to help students pay for their education and also to inspire them to be imaginative in their design approach by challenging them to showcase their skills in a renovation project. In this year’s design challenge, titled Operation Renovation, students will compete for more than $25,000 in scholarships, with the grand prizewinner receiving a $10,000 scholarship.
Since its inception in 2011, the student response to the Daltile Interior Design Scholarship, presented by the ASID Foundation, has been overwhelming. The competition has received hundreds of entries from top schools all over the country, with inspiration as varied as the designs themselves. Choosing the winning design is a daunting task, but past winners have proven to represent the best of what the next generation of interior designers has to offer – including 2013 grand prizewinner, Lauren Henrie.
As a junior at Utah State University, Henrie’s challenge was to create a beautiful, functional bathroom, embracing the principles of universal design, to enable a client to live a better, happier and healthier life. The judges were drawn to her design because of her thoughtful consideration of ADA and Universal Design needs. Judges liked the clean, spa-like environment Henrie created, noting that her hand-rendered illustration was well done. Daltile also appreciated how well Henrie incorporated the designated products into her design.
This May, Henrie will graduate from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. We recently caught up with her to learn more about her experience since winning the Daltile Interior Design Scholarship. Read on and be inspired:
What are your plans after graduation in May?
Short term I’m hoping to get into an architecture program and earn my master’s degree. My long-term goal is to my own architectural firm.
What opportunities resulted from winning the Daltile Interior Design Scholarship last year?
This scholarship has been a HUGE blessing, and opened up a world of opportunity for me. Because of it, I was able to obtain my dream of interning in New York City without any financial burdens – a dream that would not be possible without this scholarship. My internship was with Vincente Wolf Associates, where I spent eight amazing weeks doing what I love. The internship gave me a full range of skills and hands-on experience that I will take with me as I further my career in interior design. I was even able to take one of our projects from concession to completion (which included specing of Daltile product!).
Why did you decide to enter the Daltile Interior Design Scholarship?
Our professor actually had the idea of doing it as a class project, so I credit him for having us all apply.
Do you have any advice for students entering the scholarship contest this year?
Don’t discredit yourself and your skills. When I submitted my project, I’ll admit, I didn’t think I had a chance. Be creative, have fun with the challenge and put forth your best effort. Every student has a chance – my experience is proof!
On behalf of Daltile Corporation and the ASID Foundation, we again congratulate Lauren Henrie! We wish her continued success as she embarks on her career as an interior designer. Do you know a student who has what it takes to succeed in this competition? Encourage students to visit Daltile.com/Scholarship for competition details, submission requirements, official rules and inspiration. The deadline for entries is March 15, 2014.