Marymount Students are Finalists in National Design Competition

Marymount University’s interior design department continues to earn national recognition, with six of its students among the 10 recently named finalists for a national design competition.

The students will now be judged in online voting over eight weeks as part of the Interiors & Sources “2015 I Like Design” competition. The winner will earn a paid summer internship with Studio 3877 in Washington, D.C., along with paid housing and costs for its duration.

The students – all juniors – submitted work they did as part of studio projects at Marymount.

“We’ve always known this particular group is talented,” said Douglas Seidler, chair of the school’s interior design program. “I also think this recognition validates the strength of our program and the caliber of students we have here.”

Seidler noted that three of the students also attended Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), which has a transfer agreement that guarantees admission to Marymount for NOVA students who meet set requirements.

The students’ challenge in the competition was to design a 21st century hotel lobby that provides consumers with a unique travel opportunity. The 10 finalists were selected from 119 entries from across the nation by a jury consisting of the editors at Interiors & Sources and the principals of Studio 3877.

The Marymount finalists include: Kristen Eyler of Jarrettsville, Maryland; Lauren Funk of Southbury, Connecticut; Allison Kalder of Fairfax; Camila Molina of Manassas; Christina Tuong of Centerville; and Kathleen Scheer of Cary, North Carolina.

To view their work and vote in the online competition, go to