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Interior Design Program Joins Autodesk's 'Design Slam' in Las Vegas

Third-year undergraduate student Cathrine Fahmy at Autodesk University in Las Vegas

The interior design program in the School of Art + Design was one of three programs selected to participate in the Architecture-Engineering-Construction (AEC) division of “Design Slam” at Autodesk University in Las Vegas.

Third-year undergraduate student Cathrine Fahmy presented her work Dec. 2, along with a graduate architecture student from UCLA and an undergraduate architecture student from Drury University.

In addition to being the sole interior design student chosen by Autodesk to present at Autodesk University this year, Fahmy is also an Autodesk Student Expert who provides tutorial assistance to NJIT students using Revit—the primary three-dimensional digital modeling tool used by the interior design program.

Fahmy was required to show work “live” within the modeling environment to the audience and received critiques from a group of four judges that included Larry Mahoney from Hewlett-Packard, Jennifer Kozicki and Scott DeWoody from Gensler and NJIT alumnus and former Autodesk Student Expert Ian Siegel from KPF Architects.

Fahmy presented an in-progress project created in the residential design studio taught by senior university lecturer David Brothers, coordinator of the interior design program.

This marks the sixth consecutive year an interior design student from NJIT has received a scholarship for travel and training by Autodesk. And like last year, NJIT’s School of Art + Design had the only student expert representation at Autodesk University selected from an interior design program.

Autodesk University contained more than 650 educational sessions and a trade show, which featured more than 100 exhibitors. Students attended keynote and welcome sessions and had an opportunity to extend their own education and network with professionals and peers.