Interior Design Club – La Merciade

This week’s RSCO (Recognized Student Club or Organization) feature is the Interior Design and Architecture Club. This club is an interesting and thriving organization here in Mercyhurst. The purpose of the club is to provide a space for interior design students to come together and develop their personal and professional relationships throughout their time at Mercyhurst.

“The Interior Design and Architecture Club provides an incredible opportunity to learn more about the interior design industry and network with interior design professionals. Participation in activities and clubs outside of regular classes is extremely valuable in helping students grow into more confident individuals and reflects well on a resume,” said club advisor Kelly JK Spewock, professor of interior architecture design.

The interior design and architecture club usually schedules its meetings around the holidays to make them fun and festive. For the 21-22 school year, the club met three times where members participated in activities such as social media campaigns, informational professional development discussions and pumpkin painting. The club also held its first “Zoom with Us” series of talks with guest speaker Kimberly Woods, Director of Engagement at CIDQ. She spoke to members of the Interior Design and Architecture Club about the National Interior Design Council qualifying tests that interior design architecture students can take after graduation to obtain the interior designer certification in all states. Members of this club have the opportunity to gather an abundant amount of valuable information that will help them in their career development, such as learning from the American Society of Interior Design and the International Interior Design Association.

This club focuses on professional development and preparation for a future career in interior design architecture to ensure success. Along with all the wonderful attributes of the club, the club has planned their most exciting event of the school year – a trip to Falling Water on April 22. The club has been working diligently on a fundraising campaign to help support the students going on the trip. In addition to this incredible event, there is another “Zoom with Us” scheduled for early April. Another major advantage this club offers is a tight-knit community. “I think the club is unique just because it’s so small, we all know each other pretty well, and I think that creates an interesting group dynamic,” Club President Interior Design and Architecture Gabrielle Rohauer, junior Interior Design and Architecture Major and Minor in Psychology said.

Moreover, the club is successful because it is led by a large group of officers who devote a lot of energy to ensure the success of the club. The leaders really take the time to make sure the activities are both fun and useful, and make sure that all students feel welcome in the club. Rohauer encourages students to join this club, or any RSCO, that interests them to get the most out of their time at Hurst and get the most out of their college experience. “I know four years seems like a long time, but your college years go by quickly. It’s important to get involved, meet people and have experiences while you can. I encourage all students to get involved in clubs. I promise you won’t regret it and it will be more beneficial than you think,” Rohauer said.

So, if you haven’t joined this club yet, what are you waiting for? Be sure to check out the interior design/architecture club! Students interested in joining can contact Rohauer or Spewock for more information.

Betty K. Park