The team at Houseology are delighted to announce the launch of the inaugural Houseology Interior Design Travel Scholarship 2016. This is an exciting and unique programme in the interior design industry, bringing the opportunity for one student to win a £4,000 Travel Scholarship and another to be awarded the opportunity of a Summer Internship, working across the Houseology digital studio and the architectural and interior design practice.
This is a project very close to the heart of our Houseology ethos, bridging the gap between education and commerce, embracing the designers of the future and providing unique experiences that will benefit students in their future careers.
In developing the Scholarship, we have worked closely with students, tutors, schools and institutions to tailor a distinctive programme that is the perfect fit for the desires and skills of today’s interior design student. These prizes have been carefully selected to provide the winners with opportunities and a network they might not otherwise experience until much later in their career.
The programme encourages interior design students to build on their existing portfolio and submit it along with a 300 word statement explaining why they should be awarded the prize to an esteemed panel of well-known industry experts from academia, media and industry for review. The best of the submissions will be displayed on the Houseology website, complete with a full profile of each student, giving them exposure to an interior design community of over 2.5 million potential clients and employers per annum. The panel will then select the top two students and present the awards at an intimate event in London in June 2016 where the winners will spend the evening in the company of the judges and our sponsors.
The winner of the Scholarship will travel Europe or further afield, with unrivalled access to designers and makers from some of the world's top interior design brands and will also experience some of the best designed hotels in some of the most stylish cities. The winner of the Internship will have the opportunity to experience a rewarding summer working in an architectural and interior design practice on projects for some of the biggest, global hotel groups.
Studying architecture at university, complete with its practical experience structure, gave me a personal appreciation of the significant benefits of work-based learning and the advantages it can bring to a student’s experience, skill set and career opportunities - one of the reasons we've always offered work placements and internships in the studio. This new programme, however, enables us to not only provide students with a priceless experience at this stage in their career, but also amazing exposure to a dynamic and active community of interior design influencers on the Houseology platform, boosting their presence in the design community.
We've really enjoyed developing this scholarship and are looking forward to seeing the work our students produce as well as sending our first Houseology Scholarship Student off on their travels while welcoming another to the studio for the summer. On behalf of all the Houseologists, we'd like to wish all our students the very best of luck!