December 1, 2020

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Interior Design Alumni | Department of Design

Many of our graduates leave our program and go on to work on amazing projects. Below
are some of our most recent alumni’s testimonials on their experiences with us and
where they’re at now.

“Attending San Jose State’s Interior Design program helped me be where I am today.
I had the privilege to study with stellar instructors who nourished my creativity
and also introduced me to the professional side of the industry. My professors encouraged
me to submit my studio project to the IIDA Interior Design Competition, which led
to my winning an IIDA Student Honor Award. My win led to multiple job offers and an
IIDA Best in Show Portfolio. I transitioned seamlessly from being a student to being
an interior design professional because of the guidance and encouragement of my mentors
at SJSU.” — Maryam Batouli, Interior Designers, IA Interior Architects

“Now several years into my professional design career, I owe a lot of my keen eye
to the tools and skill sets that I learned while at San José State University. I recognize
that my perspective broadened beyond just learning design skills. The program prepared
me to understand and question the materials, construction, and applications of what
I, as a designer, was creating. I learned how to investigate ecological approaches
to design and construction and I bring a responsible, responsive and multi-sensory
approach to my projects because I learned how to study and analyze my work from different
points of view.” — Samantha Lewis, Associate & Interior Designer, Gensler

“If it weren’t for the professors at SJSU, I wouldn’t be the leader that I am today.
The program introduced me to extraordinary new opportunities and encouraged me to
immerse myself in the profession.  I attended IIDA events to shadow professionals
and had the opportunity to network extensively. These opportunities have shaped me
as a student and as an emerging professional allowing me to explore new ways in which
design and technology affect our lives.” — Lana Alise, Project Manager, Google Advanced Technology and Projects Lab

Following are some notable companies and studios our graduates go on to work at:

  • HBA
  • DGA
  • Facebook
  • NVIDIA
  • Brereton
  • Autodesk
  • David Whitney Architects
  • Apple
  • AAI
  • Hawley Peterson Snyder
  • AP+I Design
  • Krong Design Inc.
  • Uber
  • Studio O+A
  • CAGE Design Build

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