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Sara Petoskey 
Excellence Award Winner
Interior Design
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Interior Design analyzes and responds innovatively to the social, physical, and psychological impacts of interior spaces.

We are all human - that is that. Studying design has given me a different perspective on the built environment, and the ways in which we interact with it. I am passionate about designing for what makes us human, and how we coexist with the physical world.

I am passionate about exploring how our interiors affect our well-being, and how we can humanize our environments to support our best, and most natural selves. Our environments play a role larger than just a physical space. Interiors are tactile, acoustical, they have light and shadow, allowing us to interact with the physical world in a variety of ways. These factors make us consider space ergonomically; how we physically and emotionally respond to our environments. By first considering the people within a space, we can apply all of these factors to create spaces that give a sense of empowerment, dignity, and comfort to bring out the best in humans.

Studying design has taught me that we are incredibly complex beings, all with the same need; spaces that support us as humans. As designers, we are not only meeting our client's needs by providing them with a physical space, but we elevate their appreciation for the built environment, designing for their most natural selves. I design for humans.

What is your most memorable

experience at KCAD?

My most memorable experience at KCAD is all of the late nights in the studio with friends. We would order pizza and watch Netflix on the projector while working on our projects. From endless hours of hand drafting our first year to endless hours of digital renderings our final semester, I will forever cherish the time we were able to grow together as designers.

What are your most

notable accomplishments?

Some of my most notable accomplishments from

my time as a student include:

  • Leading the KCAD chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) as the President of our student group

  • Participating in multiple design charettes

  • Winning a trip to the Texas IIDA Shift Student Interior Design Conference to represent KCAD.

  • Working on a cross-discipline team to design a donor wall for Kid's Food Basket

  • Interning on the Interior Design Studio Team at Haworth.

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