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Interior Design Program Highlights

Cynthia Rumas wins 2017 IDEA Award

Senior Interior Design student, Cynthia Rumas, was awarded the 2017 IDEA Award by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) for her outstanding restaurant design. This is the second award Cindy has won for her Link restaurant project. Congratulations to Cindy and all the student participants.


Kathleen Haines selected as Steelcase NEXT student design competition, Semi-Finalist

Senior interior design student, Kathleen Haines was recently selected as 1 of 5 semi-finalists from a pool of 800 students in 65 programs nationwide. Kathleen was flown to Steelcase headquarters in Grand Rapids, MI to present her proposed design solution in front of judges from Gensler, Little, Blitz, and AECOM. Additionally Kathleen had the opportunity to network with the judges and gained sage industry advice on her portfolio, resume and cover letter. Congratulations, Kathleen, we are so proud to have you represent Purdue Interior Design!

Kathleen Haines Steelcase

2016-2017 Art and Design Outstanding Senior award

This year Marisa Smith, a senior majoring in interior design was selected as the Department of Art and Design’s Outstanding Senior! Marisa presented to a committee of faculty and competed against other seniors in the department including those majoring in industrial design, visual communications design, fine arts and others. Congratulations, Marisa!


Professor Hynes speaks at University of Oklahoma’s College of Architecture

Wendy Hynes, Assistant Professor in interior design was nominated to the Bruce Goff Chair of Creative Architecture at the University of Oklahoma in January. As part of the esteemed appointment she was able to share her design perspective and Makerspace research expertise with the faculty and students of OU through a university-wide lecture, exhibition of her photo essay on makerspaces, facility tours and class discussions highlighting the importance of hands on experimentation in the design process.


Interior Design Seniors Give Back!

In Fall 2016, Interior Design seniors service projects had students designing their own plans for giving back to Purdue and the community. Students visited schools to talk about the interior design major and profession. Additionally, they participated in projects including a build day for Habitat for humanity, and a community winterization project. They created a campus-wide dorm design competition, a design charrette, and a mentor program for younger interior design students! Nice work, Seniors, your impact will be felt for years to come!

Interial Design Seniors Give Back

Visit to Steelcase and the Meyer-May house in Grand Rapids

Fifty-four interior design students and faculty visited the historical Frank Lloyd Wright Meyer-May house in Grand Rapids and toured the headquarters of Steelcase, Inc.

Field trip GrandRapids

2015 ASID Indiana Chapter Student Design Competition

A Purdue Interior Design junior student won the first place the 2016 ASID Indiana Chapter Student Design Competition.

First place - Elizabeth Lyon

Honorable Mention - Sydney Owens: Best Utilization of Knoll produce, product blending, and Knoll Research 

Honorable Mention - Nika Petric: Best Utilization and application of Healthcare Research 


2016 ASID Indiana Chapter Student Design Competition

Purdue Interior Design junior students won the first, second, and third places from the 2016 ASID Indiana Chapter Student Design Competition.

First place – Cindy Rumas

Second place – Michelle Blackburn

Third place – Kaitlin Lienhoop




IIDA Avant Garb Fashion Show

The Purdue student chapter of IIDA participated in the IIDA annual Avant Garb Fashion Show. The show features creative fashion garments fabricated out of unique and upcycled materials commonly found in the built-environment. The re-imagined materials ranged from carpet and tile to wallcovering and paint.




Best Paper Award

Hyun Joo Kwon, Assistant Professor in the Interior Design program received the Best Paper Award in Housing and Interior Design in 2013 that was published in Family and Consumer Science Research Journal, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal. Professor Kwon examined the relationship between residential satisfaction and intention to move among older adults living in multifamily housing based on Morris and Winter’s theory of housing adjustment.

Maker: People, Places, Things

Wendy Hynes, Assistant Professor in the Interior Design program, will have her work featured at the Smith Scaraboccio Art Museum in Stevens Point, WI from March 11 – April 30th. The exhibit includes photographs from her travels and studies of different maker spaces in combination with made objects from her own hands-on “making” experiences. Professor Hynes states, “Often dark and isolated, difficult to locate and a challenge to photograph, maker spaces exude the dingy charm of an underground culture uplifting the creativity of each through the camaraderie of all.” 

Cloud Car

Cloud Car, Barcelona Fab Lab

Senior Show 2016

Under the guidance of Visiting Assistant Professor Robert Church, Interior Design students of the upcoming graduating class displayed examples of their work in the “Interior Design Senior Show 2016” housed in the Patti and Rusty Rueff gallery in PAO Hall. The week-long show culminated in a public reception with keynote addresses by local practitioners. The 2016 practitioner was Diana Ricks and the 2014 practitioner was Ana Pinto-Alexander. 

Senior Show 2014

Interior Design students from the graduating class of 2014 created the First Interior Design Senior Show. They displayed examples of their work in the Patti and Rusty Rueff gallery in PAO Hall. The week-long show culminated in a public reception with a keynote address by local practitioner Ana Pinto-Alexander.





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