Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and PerformanceDepartment of Art and DesignCollege of Liberal Arts

Purdue Interior Design students work hard and regularly place in State and Nationwide design competitions. Here is a sampling of their most recent accomplishments. 


National Award Recognition

 IDEC (Interior Design Educators Council) Student Design Competition

  • Danielle Henke & Emma Stachowski – 3rd Place


National Recognition

Steelcase’s 2021 NEXT Student Design Competition

  • Abby Sayers, Interior Design '22, Honorable Mention


National Award Recognition

 IDEC (Interior Design Educators Council) Student Design Competition

  • Amanda Wegener & Cassandra Crawford – 1st Place
  • Laura Blythe & Laine Hertel – 2nd Place
  • Sydney Gunty & Savanna Robison – Midwest Finalist

 Eaton SOURCE Awards, Student Lighting Design Competition

  • Cassandra Crawford – Honorable Mention

 Regional Award Recognition

 IIDA Indiana Student Design Competition (IDEA Awards)  

  • Sydney Gunty – 1st Place
  • Savanna Robison – 2nd Place

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ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Indiana Student Design Competition

  • Liwam Beraki – 1st Place




Sydney Gunty won the graffiti competition (above) as part of IIDA’s national student design charrette at NeoCon in Chicago!

Amanda Wegener was awarded the Legends IN Design scholarship and Cassandra Crawford was awarded the Gwendolyn Burkhardt Scholarship both by the Interior Design Coalition of Indiana in June.


Hannah Bulow, Mercedes Arenas, Cassandra Crawford, and Laura Blythe (above) claimed four of the nine lighting awards presented at the 41st annual SOURCE Awards, a student competition focused on the use of lighting as a primary design element. This year's winners were recognized on May 7 at LIGHTFAIR International 2018 in Chicago, IL. The SOURCE Awards competition focuses on furthering the understanding, knowledge and function of lighting as a primary element in design.

Sydney Gunty, Laura Blythe and Cassandra Crawford placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd in the Indiana ASID student design competition in March.

Also in March, Graduate student, Diana Pulido Ruiz was selected as a national finalist in the IDEC student design competition.



Cynthia Rumas (above) was awarded the 2017 IDEA Award by the International Interior Design Association for her project, Link.

Yue Peng and Abigail Chin place first and second in the Indiana ASID student design competition

Kathleen Haines was selected as a national finalist in the Steelcase NEXT student design competition. Kathleen was flown to Grand Rapids for a 3 day event where she met and gave her final presentation in front of the judges.

Abigail chin received the Student Award of Recognition at the 40th annual SOURCE Awards national lighting design competition by Eaton Corporation.

In February, Interior Design major, Marisa Smith was selected as the Department of Art and Design’s Outstanding Senior.

Congratulations to these students and all the amazing students who make our classrooms more than just a major.

Hannah Densel Outstanding Interior Design Portfolio Award

This award recognizes the senior interior design major who has created the program’s best portfolio in the eyes of the faculty. The award honors the memory of Hannah Densel BA ’14 who tragically lost her life in an automobile accident the week of her senior exhibition in 2014. Her degree was awarded posthumously by the university.

Hannah Densel Outstanding Interior Design Portfolio Award

  • Hannah Bulow, 2019
  • Abigail Chin, 2018 (above)
  • Ariel Ritchie, 2017
  • Taylor Pietruch, 2016
  • Emily Hansen, 2015

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The Interior Design program at Purdue University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. 


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