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.
Its 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 Im 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 bachelors degree in business management from George Mason University. She chose Marymounts interior design graduate program because she wanted to combine her creative and artistic side with the skills she learned from studying business.
Im in my fourth semester at Marymount now, and I couldnt be more sure of my decision to study interior design here, she said.
Douglas Seidler, chair of the Department of Interior Design, said its rewarding to see students take risks and go beyond what theyre asked to do in the studio and enter competitions like this.
Its good for them to see that the work theyre doing is competitive at the national level, Seidler added. Gabby is very talented and has an incredible work ethic. Im excited to see where shes going with her career.