Interior Design Student from New England Institute of Technology Wins Prestigious Award at Regional Competition

East Greenwich, RI – Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) announced that Bachelor of Science Interior Design student Amira Mohamed of Barrington, RI, earned 1st Place at the New England Chapter of the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) 2018 Design Awards.  The Association held its 11th annual competition on March 14th at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel where top design firms and students were recognized for their creativity.

As part of this competition, college and university students from throughout New England showcased their interior design projects. All aspects of the real estate, design, construction and engineering industries were evaluated. The jury selected five student winners that were announced at the event.  Fellow classmate, Stephanie McShane of Pawtucket, RI, was named one of the top five finalists in this year’s competition.  In 2017, Ms. Mohamed took second place honors.  For two consecutive years, NEIT students were selected as two of the top five finalists.

Students had ten weeks to design and space plan a minimum of four levels of a multi-story building located in Detroit, Michigan. The challenge was based on an IIDA student competition from 2015 where the students were invited to conceptualize the future of an urban university mixed-use building that integrated the multiple functions associated with a higher education campus. Adaptive learning, integration of corporate and business resources, community involvement and alternative education resources had to be considered while collaboration, health and well-being and sustainability was to be evident in the final design.

Dr. Sherman stated, “The New England Tech community congratulates Amira and Stephanie for representing NEIT’s Interior Design program so well at IIDA competition.  The creativity and knowledge these students demonstrated to the design community is a true testament to the quality of our Interior Design program and the expertise of our faculty. We could not be prouder of their outstanding accomplishments.”




Under the leadership of President Richard I. Gouse, New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit, technical university with an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. Founded in 1940, New England Tech offers more than 55 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and online technical and professional degree programs. Please visit and follow NEIT on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Instagram, LinkedIn, and the New England Tech blog.

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