IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
Meghan Reichert, a recent graduate at Iowa State University, made her career choice at an early age. She has a passion to affect the lives of others through her design work.
During her senior year, Reichert has interned with the interior designers at Iowa State University’s Facility and Management Department since October 2011. She studied abroad in Rome, Italy during her college career, which provided her a once in a lifetime experience and hands on knowledge from the culture and art. Reichert is a member of IIDA, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and participated in different art galleries, contests, and groups during her Iowa State career.
Reichert believes in giving back to others is the best life can offer. She has volunteered or participated with multiple community groups including: Race for the Cure, Dance Marathon, United Way, Daffodil Days, Relay for Life, and Flood Relief Cedar Rapids.
Her design idea is not to create just beautiful spaces; she wants to create healthier and sustainable spaces. She believes at looking at LEED in a different way, not by making the points, but choosing the best choices for the environment and users. She also believes in including research-based designs into her work. Reichert’s future plans include taking the EDAC exam and becoming a LEED AP. Her goals are to work in healthcare design to create evidence-based design interiors that also are sustainable for the environment. She wants to find a company that has the same passion as her so that she is able to grow and learn throughout her career.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
As a senior at the University of Missouri, Hannah Ryman is excited to complete her studies in the summer of 2013. She is the President of the USGBC Student Group on campus and is a member of the Student Environmental Design Association and Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society. Prior to graduation she plans on earning certification as a LEED GA.
Hannah’s passion for design sprouted at an early age, visiting job sites as a child with her father as they were under construction and sitting alone in her room drawing up floor plans, imaging the finishes, fixtures, and furniture that could populate the spaces. In May of 2011 Hannah began work as an Auto-CAD Technician in the Space Planning and Management department of the MU Campus Facilities. The following May she was pleased to attain a position as an Interior Design Assistant with the Missouri Student Unions.
In the spring of 2012 Hannah participated in the Boardwalk Student Interior Design Competition sponsored by the Eastern Missouri chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, earning first place in the Contract/Office Furnishings division.
Hannah plans on eventually attending graduate school at the Rhode Island School of Design for Interior Architecture, but will first move to Providence and establish herself professionally as an environmentally conscious interior designer and begin paying off student loans before doing so.
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Anna Breithaupt will be a senior at Michigan State University, planning to graduate in the spring of 2013. She has been on the Dean’s list since the fall of 2008. She understands the importance of education in the interior design field and feels honored to be trusted with issues of such enormity as health, safety, welfare and sustainability. She understands the value incorporating internships with her education. This past summer she did and internship at Lynnteriors, a residential design company in Traverse City this summer and has plans for another internship during her final year at MSU and the summer following graduation.
She is very interested in a career pathway based on the values of community, compassion, and function. A strong proponent of continuing education, she plans to work rigorously toward passing the NCIDQ and as an adoring fan of Mother Nature, who recognizes the intrinsic value of healthy environment, will earn her LEED certification within three years of graduation.
She is leaning toward residential design for her career path. She plans on channeling her desire to give back to the community by using evidence based design to build affordable housing. She is especially interested in designing migrant housing that will be efficient, economical, and comfortable and provide the retreat necessary for seasonal workers.