What Our Alumni are Doing Now
The Mercyhurst University interior design department has been graduating students from its programs creating a vast network of alumni and friends that provide invaluable support to the various programs of study. Our graduates have been more than happy to share their experiences and connections with the college and our interior design students.
- Contract or Commercial Interior Design, Residential Design
- Architect (requires advanced degree)
- Restoration, Preservation, Renovation Consultant
- Environmental/Sustainable Design
- Display and Exhibit Consultant
- Manufacturer's representative of industry products
- Space or Facilities Designer
- Showroom Designer
- Presentation Specialist (rendering and model building)
- Color and Material Consultant
- Interior Design Educator (requires advanced degree)
- Product Designer
- Specification/Budget Writer
- Project Manager
- Interior Design Specialist (Healthcare, Hospitality, Governmental, Institutional, Sustainable Design)
- Retail Interior Product Sales
- Travel Industry
- Entertainment and Set Design
- Visual Merchandising
- Space Planning
- Trade Show Exhibit Designer
- Kitchen and Bath Designer
- Lighting Designer
- 3D Architectural Illustrator
- Textile Designer
- Layout Designer
- Store Planner
- Tenant/Real Estate Designer
- Systems Furniture Space Planner
- Cad operator, draftsperson
- Model Home Designer
- Home Décor Relationship Specialist
- Pharmacy Design Consultant
Meet Mallory, Class of 2013
Mallory Simonette `13
Workscape, Pittsburgh Pa.
Landing her first post-college job as an interior designer for Workscape in Pittsburgh, Pa., in October 2013, Mallory returned to campus last spring (2014) to share her experiences with current Mercyhurst ID majors.
Along with a colleague, Mallory demonstrated two design software programs for students — Knoll and DIRTT. She said she primarily uses DIRTT, a modular wall program, as well as occasionally works on small furniture projects. She also interacted with students, answering questions about pursuing a career after college.
(Mallory, at left, is pictured conversing with a student.)
Q&A with Mallory:
Q. How did Mercyhurst prepare you for the professional world?
My time at Mercyhurst greatly prepared me for the professional world. From software training in AutoCAD to hands on experiences like field measuring, I am applying the skills I learned through my education on a daily basis. My studio classes and internships allowed me the opportunity to work on projects with real clients, which gave me a glimpse into the real design world and how projects actually pan out.
Q. Why did you choose to study interior design?
I was attracted to interior design because it is a field that allows you to be highly creative, but also requires you to be technical. I have always appreciated good design, and I loved the idea of trying to come up with creative solutions to solve design problems.
Q. Best memory about Mercyhurst?
I really enjoyed my time at Mercyhurst. My best memory is meeting great people and forming lifelong friendships.
Q. What originally attracted you to Mercyhurst University?
When on my visit, I fell in love with the campus. I also really liked the idea of attending and receiving an education from a small school like Mercyhurst.
Q. Advice to current interior design students?
Network! Network! Network! While I was going through the program, our professors always talked about the importance of networking, but I don’t think many students actually acted on it. It is important to get your name out to as many design professionals as you can. It always helps to know people, and it could help you land a job. Also, enjoy all of those long, late hours spent at the studio while they last!