Mariotti a Finalist in Design Competition

Marymount University graduate student Gabrielle Mariotti was one of seven finalists in the 2016 Bienenstock Interior Design Competition for her work on a day spa specializing in treatment for multiple sclerosis patients.

“It’s very exciting and satisfying,” said Mariotti, a McLean native. “I am half-way through my design studies, so this has definitely given me some validation that I’m on the right path and that I can be a highly achieving designer if I keep pushing myself in school and eventually in the workplace.”

Mariotti earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from George Mason University. She chose Marymount’s interior design graduate program because she wanted to combine her creative and artistic side with the skills she learned from studying business.

“I’m in my fourth semester at Marymount now, and I couldn’t be more sure of my decision to study interior design here,” she said.

Douglas Seidler, chair of the Department of Interior Design, said it’s rewarding to see students take risks and go beyond what they’re asked to do in the studio and enter competitions like this.

“It’s good for them to see that the work they’re doing is competitive at the national level,” Seidler added. “Gabby is very talented and has an incredible work ethic. I’m excited to see where she’s going with her career.”

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Gabrielle Mariotti