Interior Design: Alumni News

Feb. 20, 2020

Feb. 11–13: Jeannine Vail, senior project architect, UNT Facilities Design and Construction, and Cheryl Smith, CVAD ID alumna and facilities planner, UNT Office of Facilities Planning, Design and Construction, visited the Senior Space Planning V studio for the students’ Preliminary Design Presentations. Everyone appreciated their feedback and guidance.

Jeannine Vail and Cheryl Smith Photo

Jeannine Vail, left, and Cheryl Smith

Woman behind a podium with a projection screen behind her


Feb. 10, 2020

UNT Interior Design Student Won First Prize from IIDA Design Competition

Amy New standing next to her design poster presentation.Congratulations on UNT Interior Design student achievement in IIDA Shift 2020!

UNT Interior Design student, Amy New’s team won First Prize in the Design Charrette at IIDA Shift 2020 Student Conference. Participation in this design competition is by invitation only for students of active IIDA Campus Centers. 

Amy shared her experience with the charrette and conference.

“At IIDA shift I was given the amazing opportunity of participating in the 2020 charrette. It was a great learning experience and excellent way to exercise design skills and collaboration. Each team was meant to have 4 members, but ours had only three, which added an extra challenge for us. The way that we approached the design challenge was by first, finding inspiration; second, figuring out the program; and third, choosing materials and aesthetics for the space. This provided a structure for us to make sure we completed everything. Charrettes are wonderful experiences, and every designer should try to participate in one if they have the chance! I am very thankful for having achieved a win with my teammates in such a huge pool of amazing designers and posters. Can’t wait for next year!”


2020 Interior Design students and alumni grouped together.

UNT Interior Design Students and Alumni


IIDA SHIFT 2020 conference was held from January 29th through 31st in Dallas, Texas. This annual conference is designed to elevate the profession of Interior Design and lead the way for the next generation of interior designers. UNT Interior Design program has been supporting students to participate in the conference for them to involve in a variety of events that are designed to enhance their knowledge of the practice and influence of Interior Design through presentations and conversations with practicing professionals.


Thursday, October 31, 2019

ID Alum Mentor, Zach Weihrich, for Senior Student Projects

On Oct. 24, 2022, Zach Weihrich, CVAD ID alum and Interior Designer with IA Interior Architects in Dallas, visited the ADES 4630 Space Planning IV senior studios to critique the students’ Design Development presentations. Zach and IA have been mentors for our class this semester, providing a site for the class to visit and field inventory, the documentation for their base building drawings, and previous critiques on their tenant development projects. 




Thursday, October 24, 2019

Interior Design Alumni Reunion

The Interior Design program held an Alumni Reunion during the CVAD Grand Opening on Oct. 12, 2019. It was a great turnout and wonderful event for our alumni, faculty, and students to meet together in our new facilities. Among many activities, the program demonstrated Virtual Reality, showcased our students work, and recognized our outstanding alumni. Thank you all for your participation and support.


Alumni Reunion 


Alumni Reunion 


Virtual Reality Demonstration


Virtual Reality Demonstration

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

CVAD Grand Opening Celebration


CVAD Grand Opening is scheduled on October 12, Saturday. Please join the celebration and share this with all your classmates and alumni.


CVAD Grand Opening:

1 – 4 pm on October 12 (Saturday)

1201 W. Mulberry St., Denton, TX 76201

Parking is free in Lot 50

CVAD Building

The Interior Design program is located on the second floor of the newly renovated Art Building, rooms 255, 258, 260 and 265. We are looking forward to seeing you there.


December 21, 2018

Alumnus’ ClubDesign Associates Featured on THE BOARDROOM

ClubDesign Associates, owned by UNT Interior Design alumnus John Cochran is featured as "Clubhouse Design Firm of the Year" 2018 and "Interior Design Lounge Seating & Bar Area" 2018 on the BoardRoom.

BoardRoom magazine is the only publication of its kind that is designed to educate the board of directors, owners, general managers and department heads of private golf, city, yacht, tennis and country clubs about issues concerning all aspects of the club, golf course management and operations.

John R. Cochran, President
ClubDesign Associates
Fort Worth - Palm Desert - Scottsdale - Beverly Hills

February 11, 2015

Interior Design Practitioners: Earn HSW Credits at 2015 IDEC's Annual Conference

This year's IDEC conference includes several presentations that qualify interior design practitioners to earn Health, Safety and Welfare Continuing Education Unit credits. Registration is closed.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Alumna, Neely Shirey Passed NCIDQ Exam

Congratulations! UNT Interior Design program alumna Neely Prestemon Shirey who graduated in 2009, has passed the NCIDQ exam.

July 29, 2013

UNT Interior Design Alumni Group Meeting

An alumni group of the UNT Interior Design program held an organizational meeting on July 27 at UNT Art Building. The group explored the possibilities of supporting current students and graduates and identified key representatives to serve on a steering committee. They were very enthusiastic about supporting the UNT Interior Design program and enjoyed being on campus.

UNT Interior Design Alumni Group

June 20, 2013

UNT Alums’ Project Featured in Interior Design Magazine

Congratulations to Christopher Goggin, Design Director, and Stephen Walsh, Interior Designer, two UNT Interior Design alums with Gensler Dallas on the publication of their project for TM Advertising in Interior Design. 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

UNT Alumni Won the Texas Society of Architects Award

Congratulations! Gensler's design team including a couple of UNT alumni won a Texas Society of Architects award. Thirteen projects were selected for 2012 Texas Society of Architects Design Awards from a total of 227 entries. Winning projects will be featured in the Sept/Oct issue of Texas Architect magazine.

Project Title: TM Advertising, Gensler

Project Team Members:
Cindy Simpson – Principal
Christopher Goggin – Design Director & Lead Designer (UNT Alumni)
Glenn Isenmann – Project Architect
Stephen Walsh – Designer (UNT Alumni)


Thursday, March 22, 2012

UNT Research Magazine features Brent Arnold’s Senior Capstone Project 

Brent Arnold graduated in 2011 and his project was an online interactive experience featuring images, documents and the step-by-step process for transforming a space. He worked with Treetops School International on ways to make a space function as a gym, auditorium and classroom.

Arnold, who worked with Johnnie Stark, associate professor of design, was named Outstanding Senior in Interior Design. 

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Haley Laurence Awarded the 2010 Volunteer of the Year


Our alumna, Haley Laurence was named the 2010 Volunteer of the Year by Preservation Dallas and interviewed with Click here for the article. The Preservation Dallas is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring Dallas buildings. Haley Laurence is interested in architectural buildings and historical landmarks motivated her to help save important aspects of Dallas.


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Alumna, Joanna Jackson Became Head of LEED Residential and Commercial Department in Elaine Williamson Designs


Our alumna, Joanna Jackson serves as the Head of the LEED Residential and Commercial Department in Elaine Williamson Designs. Elaine Williamson Designs is located in Frisco/Plano area. More information is available online at


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Alumna, Haley Laurence Named Volunteer of Year for 2010 by Preservation Dallas


Our alumna, Haley Laurence is named Volunteer of Year for 2010 by Preservation Dallas. Preservation Dallas is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of Dallas’ buildings, neighborhoods and other historical, architectural, and cultural resources. Additional information is available on


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Alumna, Christina Masters Got LEED Green Associate Credential


Our alumna, Christina Masters who graduated in May 2010 passed the LEED Green Associate exam. For professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice, Green Building Certification Institute has created the LEED Green Associate credential, which denotes basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Veronica Benavides Featured on Univision and Star-Telegram Credit


Veronica Benavides, a graduate 2010 with Interior Design major, featured as an Univision (Spanish-language TV news station) story about graduating with her mom, Sandra, on May 15, 2010:

They were also featured in a photo in the Denton Record-Chronicle and on the Star-Telegram Extra Credit blog:


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Alumna, Shaina Hedlund Offers Photography of Artwork & Events


Our alumna, Shaina Hedlund expands her career as photographer. Shaina Hedlund Photography provides photography of engagements, seniors, model portfolios, kiddos, families, headshots, bands, live shows, and graduates. Ms. Hedlund’s recent work and more information are available on her blog at

In addition, please contact Shaina Hedlund for UNT students’ special at


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Alumna, Shukchi Wong Featured as IIDA STF Member



Our alumna, Shukchi Wong is featured as one of Student Task Force (STF) members of International Interior Design Association (IIDA). STF members are enthusiastic IIDA Student Members who exhibit strong leadership, creativity and collaborative skills. STF members demonstrate a willingness to take their membership one step further by acting as a representative for the IIDA student membership at large. More information is available at


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

NCIDQ Certificate Holders


We are very proud of our alumni passed NCIDQ Exam. The NCIDQ Examination is a professional competency exam for interior design. The NCIDQ Exam is recognized by all U.S. states and Canadian provinces that regulate the profession. Exam candidates who meet NCIDQ's eligibility requirements and pass all exam sections are awarded the NCIDQ Certificate.

Elissa Shipp (06) 
Maike Cheng (06)
Anna Watson (07)
Charran James (07)