Sweeping wins for MSU interior designers


LEFT: Hand rendering project called Mountain View by Daniella Bower. Hand renderings were the finished product of a photograph recreation assignment. The assignment was to replicate a photograph with a level of visual complexity from a designated magazine with premium art blending markers and colored pencils. RIGHT: Hand rendering by Marguerite Johnson.


Every spring, interior design students and faculty from Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi attend the American Society of Interior Designers South Central Career Day.

The agenda and location varies every year, but the conference for the South Central District, which includes 16 universities, always includes a keynote speaker, various seminars, mock interviews with portfolio reviews, and a student competition. This year’s Career Day was held at Harding University in Arkansas.

Beth Miller, director of the Interior Design program, said students really enjoyed hearing from various interior designers during a panel discussion this year, as well as panelists that represent all different areas of the profession.

Students’ favorite part about the day, however, is the student competition. For this, students are able to submit up to three projects in 16 different team and individual categories including hand rendering, creative, corporate design, residential design (team and individual), computer generated renderings, hospitality (team and individual), institutional design (team and individual), beginning studio (team and individual), portfolio, retail and sustainable design (team and individual). Winning projects are selected by a panel of judges the day of the event.

This year, MSU interior design students picked up 24 of 57 possible awards, including first place wins in 12 categories during the competition. MSU swept the commercial design team, hospitality design team and retail design team categories. Miller credited the group’s success to its involvement in a wide variety of university programs, including furniture design, computer renderings and hand renderings.

“I think it was evident that student work from MSU is high quality,” said Miller. “In the past few years, the MSU interior design program has dominated the competition, and we expect to continue to do so.”

Winners from MSU included:

Sidney Ashmore, a senior, received an honorable mention in retail design team. Ashmore’s work was done in studio IV, taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller.

Daniella Bower, a junior, received honorable mention in hand rendering and first place in hospitality design individual and beginning studio residential. Bower’s work was completed in director and professor Beth Miller’s rendering course and assistant professor Lyndsey Miller’s studios III and I.

Erin Bristol, a junior, received honorable mention in the portfolio category.

Ebbony Evans, a junior, received first place in retail design team. Evans’s work was done in studio V, taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller.

Emily Hardin, a junior, received third place in healthcare design. Hardin’s work was completed in studio V, taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller.

Chelsea Harrell, a senior, received second place in hospitality design team and first place in educational design. Her work was completed in studios IV and V, both taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller.

Marguerite Johnson, a junior, received third place in portfolio and second place in hand rendering. Johnson’s rendering was completed in professor and program director Beth Miller’s rendering course.

Blake Marlar, a senior, received first place in commercial design team and hand rendering. The winning work was done in instructor Robin Carroll’s color and lighting course and director and professor Beth Miller’s rendering course.

Victoria Owchar, a senior, received second place in hospitality design individual. Owchar’s work was completed in studio III, taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller.

Jennifer Potter, a junior, received second place in retail design team, as well as computer generated rendering. Potter’s work was done in studio III, taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller. She also received honorable mention in product design for her work in assistant professor William Riehm’s furniture design course.

Caroline Riley, a senior, received second place in hospitality design team. Her work was done in studio V, taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller. Riley also received second place in portfolio.

Emily Robinson, a senior, received honorable mention in hospitality design team. Her work was done in studio V, taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller.

Anna Strohm, a senior, received first place in computer generated rendering and third place in retail design team. Strohm’s work was done in instructor Robin Carroll’s color/lighting course and studio III, taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller. Also at Career Day, Strohm was announced as the new student representative and will serve on the board for the 2015-2016 year.

Kayla Thompson, a senior, received first place in residential design team for her work in studio IV, taught by associate professor Amy Crumpton.

Taylor Tillman, a senior, received third place in hospitality design team. Her work was done in studio V, taught by assistant professor Lyndsey Miller.



TOP: Victoria Owchar’s exterior designs for a restaurant called Aestas. MIDDLE: MAFES Sales Store retail designs by Kayla Thompson. BOTTOM: Cash wrap rendering from Caroline Riley’s hospitality and retail creations.