ID Alumni

Attention Southern Miss Interior Design Graduates! If you're a graduate of our program, we would like to know where you are living and what you've been doing! Please contact one of the faculty members, or email us at interior.design@usm.edu.

 

Haleigh (Smith) Vance

 

Haleigh (Smith) Vance
(2011) After interning at the V.A. Hospital in Biloxi, Mississippi, Haleigh took on a position as a Design Consultant for Innerspaice Architectural Interiors, a Haworth dealership in Mobile (http://www.innerspaice.com/). As a Design Consultant, Haleigh specifies furniture, recommends fabric and finishes, produces drawings and renderings, and works with the sales team at Innerspaice to create successful presentations & proposals to clients. Haleigh works within many different markets including government, healthcare, education, and corporate offices. Since she was raised in the Mobile area, the most exciting part of her job is now getting to experience the inner workings of so many of the beautiful buildings that she grew up admiring from the outside. Haleigh loves the challenge of each new project and ultimately seeing the solutions that she drew on paper become reality and meet the needs of each client.


 

Rachael Shannon

 

Rachael Shannon
(2008) after completing a successful internship with Identity Architects in Houston, TX, is now back in Mississippi working as the Building & Design Project Manager for Newk's Franchise Company in Jackson! The Building and Design Project Manager is responsible for reviewing all Newk’s construction documents and collaborating with the architect and food service equipment provider on space planning and all design solutions. This position also communicates with the General Contractor, sub-contractors, and Project Managers through frequent site visits and general communication. It is also this position’s responsibility to support brand development and maintenance of consistency of the Newk’sbrand to keep the Newk’s experience possible. www.newks.com


 

Katie Burnett

 

Katie Burnett
(2008) completed a successful internship in Jackson, MS at Officsoure, a Knoll Dealership, during the spring semester. According to the host designer, Katie’s abilities have “made her one of the best interior design interns I have worked with during my career and her skills will easily translate into an architectural or design firm.” Upon graduating with Honors, Katie landed an exciting job at Ferguson and Associate Architects in their newly established interiors department.


 

 

Terah Henderson

Terah Henderson
(2007) is working in Atlanta for the architectural firm Cooper Carry. In January of 2008, Terah took and successfully passed the LEED-CI exam making her one of only two interior designers at her firm to become a LEED accredited professional. Terah loves her job. She is working on the design for their new downtown office space with the anticipation of a LEED Platinum certification. She has been working on many conceptual projects, space studies and programming for commercial and institutional facilities. In addition, she continues to work on many condominiums in multiple states, and just recently moved into a new loft condo herself. http://www.coopercarry.com/index.aspx

 

Kristen Weeks

Kristen Weeks
(2006) is working in Dallas, TX for, Emily Summers, a nationally acclaimed designer who was recently named to the AD100, Architectural Digest’s directory of the world’s top 100 interior designers and architects. The company consists of 8 designers and is known for their contemporary design mixed with antiques and contemporary art. One project that Kristen helped design was a penthouse residence in the W Dallas Victory Hotel. The penthouse was featured in the March 2008 issue of Architectural Digest. http://www.emilysummers.com/

 

Libby Baker with Amanda Loiselle

 

Libby Baker
(2006) pictured with Amanda Loiselle, class of 2005, is working in Destin, Florida as a design coordinator for Bohlert Massey Home. http://www.bohlertmassey.com/ According to Libby " I have learned so much from her already. Susan Massey is a phenomenal designer." Her most recent project is the show house at ALYS Beach. Check out the link to ALYS Beach to see what incredible things Libby is doing in her new position. http://www.alysbeach.com/#home

 

William Duffee-Braun

William Duffee-Braun
(2006) is currently living in Atlanta , Georgia . In May of 2006, William took an internship position with Rabaut Design Associates in Atlanta http://www.rabautdesign.com/ Three months later; he was a full time employee of the firm. He gained a variety of experience while with the firm in both residential and commercial design. Projects include the Decatur City Hall , BellSouth, Atlanta Women's OB/GYN and the Atlanta Women's Healthcare Specialists in Piedmont Hospital . Needless to say, William says that he now has new understanding and appreciation for the OB/GYN world.

William accepted a new position with Corporate Environments in Atlanta in May, 2007. http://www.corporateenvironments.com/ Corporate Environments is the second largest Knoll Dealership in the southeast. He is enjoying his new position as a sales executive and taking advantage of all the social networking opportunities several times each week. In addition, he is excited about having more time for creative outlets such as painting and is also finding time for freelance work on the side.

April 2007, William received an ASID Gold Award from the Georgia Chapter for "Design Excellence in Historical Preservation" for his work with the Decatur City Hall.

William is looking forward to coming to visit our program and meeting with the students. He is especially interested in addressing the changes that occur after graduation with regards to one's personal life and work schedules. Welcome to the world of a professional...

 

Virginia Muller

Virginia Muller
(2005) resides in Tampa , Florida , and is currently working for Franco Pasquale and Associates, a high end residential firm. She is the Design Coordinator working on homes ranging from $1-7 million with furniture and accessory budgets over $300,000. She is about to finish working on a home in the Bahamas for a major basketball player and will soon begin design work for a home in Cape Cod . In addition, she recently finished designing an 80 foot yacht in which she was placed in charge of the design.

According to Muller, she is "in charge of selections and reselections of furniture, lighting, accessories, bedding, wallcovering, rugs, paint color selections, and window treatment designs to name just a few". Muller is also in charge of "making sure orders are placed correctly with vendors, as well as working with . workrooms on custom window treatments, furniture pieces, and bedding". Muller describes her job as "an art", with a "level of customization [in which] one sofa might have 10-12 different fabrics and trims". In addition, the firm provides services for custom architectural detailing to include tile designs, ceiling details, lighting design, flooring patterns, built-ins, paneling designs, and interior moldings. Muller is currently studying to take the NCIDQ in the spring of 2008.