Meet the 2012-2013 finalists in
Interiors & Sources
I Like Design internship contest
in collaboration with
Gresham, Smith and Partners.
We have a winner!
For our second annual I Like Design competition, we once again challenged the interior design and architecture students of the world to respond to a test posed by Gresham, Smith and Partners in Nashville, Tenn. And this year it was truly a unique one in that it not only tested the entrants’ design skills, but their branding and marketing skills as well—a core tenant of the ILD competition.
Students were asked to create a workplace for a mid-size apparel company with a strong retail presence throughout the United States, relocating 93 members of their corporate workforce in support of the company’s overall real estate consolidation efforts. The target consumer for this company ranges from 25-35 years of age and is progressive in nature. The average age of the corporate staff is 38, but collectively, ages range from 25-60. GS&P also asked that the design of the workplace support the company’s overall desire to enhance creativity and collaboration among employees, while serving as an example of their commitment to sustainability and fiscal responsibility.
So it was not only a treat to view their designs and floor plans, but it was also great to read about the brand concepts they developed as well, and how their renderings illustrated them. Many of our finalists this year had also worked on this project alongside their fellow classmates, making for some great collaborative stories.
Then came the tricky part…
It’s never an easy task to narrow down all the incredibly talented students who submit to just a few stand-out finalists. But this year, GS&P and I&S magazine are so proud to say we had eight lucky ladies move on to the next round of the ILD competition.
For four fun-filled weeks loyal fans and readers voted for their favorite finalists and the two with the least amount of votes were removed from the competition at the end of each week. Today, the committee has spoken one last time and the last woman standing is…
- Mary Claire Fuqua
Congratulations Mary Claire! She was able to garner more than 73,000 votes! The grand prize remains the same: a paid internship with GS&P for this coming summer and paid housing costs for the duration of it! Please stay tuned for our June issue where you’ll find further coverage of Mary Claire, our finalists and the I Like Design competition itself.
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*GS&P pays all hired interns in accordance with applicable employment laws.