In honor of the 2012 IIDA Student Sustainable Design Competition, we’ve caught up with a past winner of the competition! In 2011, a team consisting of Katie Goodman, Liz Kahn, Jennifer Madden, and Sarah Martin, all from Drexel University won the competition for the Drexel Smarthouse. We had a Q&A with one of the winners, Katie Goodman, and here’s what she told us about what she’s been up to since then!
Q: University Attended?
A: I graduated from DrexelUniversity in June 
Q: Where do you currently work?
A: At the moment I am looking for a job in retail design while doing some freelance work on the side.
Q: What year did you win the Student Sustainable Design Competition?
A: December 2011
Q: What was your initial reaction when you won the Student Sustainable Design competition?
A: Upon winning the SSDC I was absolutely shocked. I wasn’t anticipating anything at all.
Q: What inspired you to enter the competition?
A: My teammates on the project discovered the competition and thought it would be great exposure for the project and the Drexel Smarthouse as a whole. As a member of IIDA I thought it would be a wonderful idea and fun to try our luck with a project we spent so much time and passion for.
Q: What inspired you to pursue Interior Designer?
A: I have always been passionate about architecture and design as a whole. I have always found myself looking at space as a three dimensional puzzle and I was drawn to Interior Design through the combination of these passions.
Q: What have you been up to since winning the competition (work, school, etc.) and tell us about that experience?
A: Since winning in December I have received my masters in interior architecture + design. Upon graduating I took a trip to Colombia to visit a friend with an architectural/engineering company. While there I had an unforgettable experience and a chance to learn about design and architecture in South America.
Q: If you could give one piece of advice to this year’s entrants, what would it be?
A: One piece of advice I would have is to think outside the box. Through my experiences with Drexel Smarthouse we pushed ourselves to think further outside our comfort zone and it has definitely paid off.
A plan for the Drexel Smarthouse, winner of the 2011 Student Sustainable Design Competition.
To view more photos of their winning project, click here.
It’s not too late to enter the 2012 IIDA Student Sustainable Design Competition. Submissions are being accepted until November 15! Click here for your entry form! And click here to see entries that have already been submitted.
Voting begins on the last day submissions are being accepted, November 15!