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New York Study Tour for Interior Design

April 2, 2009

Sixteen Interior Design students spent their spring break in the big apple sightseeing and most importantly, learning.

Gaining real world experience

We went to New York for a reason senior Interior Design major Allie Mason said, “It’s where a lot of the major Interior Design offices are and where a lot of the trends start that affect the industry all over the United States.”

The students spent the semester leading up to spring break studying New York: the neighborhoods, the subway system, different interior design firms, and showrooms.

With a jam-packed schedule they visited four showrooms and ten firms throughout the week while still fitting in some sight-seeing.

Gensler and Perkins Eastman were my favorites. They were the most impressive and the most inline with my own style,” Mason said.

The students also underwent mock interviews and portfolio reviews with a few of the firms to get a better idea of what to expect after graduation.

“It provides a real world view of the industry, different than what you get in the classroom,” Mason said.

Sightseeing in the big apple

What's a trip to New York without seeing the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and Times Square?

Mason talked about their night cruise, "we had a full course dinner with dancing and went down the Hudson to Lower Manhattan and around the Statue of Liberty. We could see the lights of both New York and New Jersey, it was amazing!"

They also met up with the group of Fashion Design and Merchandising majors from CSU that were also on study tour trip to see a play on Broadway. Wicked was a major highlight for Mason who spent a lot of time in theater in high school, "it was one of my top choices to see on Broadway and it went beyond my expectations."

Allie Mason, a senior interior design major talked about the Saint Patrick’s Day parade, “we saw people from Ireland and England celebrating in New York because apparently it’s a bigger celebration there.”

MyCSU chronicles Fashion Design and Merchandising students

Seven of the Fashion Merchandising students blogged about their trip to New York as well, while it was happening. You can check out their blog on MyCSU.


  • Top: The six Senior Interior Design Majors on the trip. From left to right: Rori Christ, Alysce Slagg, Kayla Hirsch, Allie Mason, Gina Hatton, and Katie Lindbloom
  • Center: Reception area of the Cannon Design office
  • Bottom: Senior Interior Design major Allie Mason in Times Square
  • Feature Image (taxi cab): Katie Lindbloom, Allie Mason, and Gina Hatton


Learn more about CSU's Interior Design and Fashion Design and Merchandising programs.

Contact: Leslie Stinson
Phone: (970) 491-4161