Interior design student applauds
USU's 'No. 1' program
TOGETHER: Jessie Lambourne working in the juniors'
studio on her latest project. / Photo by Megan Wiseman
November 25, 2008 | After spending hundreds of hours
on each project
USU interior design junior, Jessie Lambourne, says
that it takes "an intense passion to stick with such
a hard program."
Lambourne says she spends on average four hours in
the interior design studio outside of class each day.
"It takes mass amounts of time just to complete one
project," says Lambourne. "With four or five major projects
a year, most of my life is focused on interior design."
Putting in the hard work is worth it, said Lambourne.
Utah State has the number one interior design program
in Utah. Being the only accredited school by the
Council for Interior Design Accreditation , USU
has a very competitive program. Other universities in
Utah either don't meet the accreditation standards but
most are trying to improve their program to one day
Lambourne said it's important to get your degree at
an accredited school because outside of Utah you cannot
own your own interior design business without having
a license from an accredited program. Because of the
accreditation combined with lots of hands-on experience
of USU's program, Lambourne said that any student would
have excellent chances of being lined up with internships
once they graduate.
"Our program has great relations between professors
and students," said Lambourne. "We have small classes
so we get to build closer relationships with our professors
which are really helpful when you're working on a difficult
Eventually the hard work pays off through the form
of contests, prizes and future job opportunities she
said. The most recent competition that Lambourne entered
was the Planning and Visual Education Partnership design
competition, in which she had to create a promotional
fragrance boutique for Macys' in which one of Utah State's
junior's studio class received an honorable mention.
"We have a great program," said Lambourne. "It's not
easy, but if you work your butt off and don't lose track
of why you are working so hard, you won't regret it."
Lambourne said that she has wanted to be an interior
designer for as long as she can remember. At her 7th
grade career she took a future jobs quiz and her results
had interior designer as the number one job to fit her
"Since the day I found out that designing houses and
décor was a real job, that's what I knew I was going
to do," said Lambourne.
One of the final drawings Lambourne turned in for the
PAVE design competition.