Two students get top honors in ASID/Pottery Barn Student Design Challenge

New York, NY - May 5, 2009 - The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and Pottery Barn have joined forces to host a student design challenge, which took place on April 29, 2009. Students from six area colleges—including Art Institute of NYC, FIT, Nassau Community College, New York Institute of Technology, School of Visual Arts, and NYSID—were divided into two teams and asked to create distinct table settings.

NYSID 4th year BFA student Ilona Birnberg and 2nd year AAS student Drew McGukin competed against each other on the two teams that tied for top honors. In addition to Birnberg and McGukin, three other NYSID students participated: Holly Hayden and Cassandra Ramirez, both of whom are 4th year students in the BFA program, and Dallis Stamps, a 2nd year student in the Associates program.

The judges were Jamie Drake, noted New York interior designer; Dajana Damjanovich, Pottery Barn Visual Merchant; Nick Degiglio, Pottery Barn District Manager; and Belle Smith, ASID NY Metro Board President.


Founded in 1916, the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) is New York’s only private, not-for-profit college devoted exclusively to interior design education and related disciplines. NYSID’s guiding principle is that the interior environment is a fundamental element of human welfare and the college is committed to actively improving the quality of life for all segments of humanity. This ideal is put into practice by a dedicated faculty of well-known designers, architects, art historians and authorities in the field who guide a diverse student body of over 700 full-and part-time students.

NYSID offers certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs in the field of interior design. The college is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and NYSID’s BFA is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).