NYSID student selected as national finalist for the 2011 Gensler Brinkmann Scholarship

Gunnhildur Gudnyjardottir Offered Internship with Prestigious Firm

New York - December 21, 2010 - New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) is pleased to announce that Gunnhildur Gudnyjardottir has been selected as a national finalist/runner-up for the 2011 Gensler Brinkmann Scholarship. Gudnyjardottir, a native of Iceland and a fourth-year student in NYSID’s BFA program, was nominated by NYSID for consideration by Gensler, the global architecture, design, and planning firm. As a finalist, Gudnyjardottir has been invited to intern at one of the firm’s 32 offices around the world. "This is an amazing opportunity for me," said Gudnyjardottir. "Gensler has been on top of my list over potential employees for a while, so dreams can come true."

NYSID President Christopher Cyphers said “I am sure I speak on behalf of the entire NYSID community when I say that we are extremely proud of Gunnhildur. She is a very talented student and we are thrilled that her exemplary work has been recognized by such a prestigious design firm.”

The Brinkmann Scholarship, named for Don Brinkmann, who was a Gensler Principal and the firm’s Design Director until his death in 1998, was established in 1999 to nurture new design talent. Participation in the scholarship progam was open to students who began their final year of a CIDA-accredited Interior Design program in the Fall of 2011.


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).

Press ReleasePhyllis Greer