IAD Student Wins First Place in Sherwin-Williams Design Challenge


Kitchen design by Marija Kalas.

Another big win for the School of Interior Architecture & Design, as B.F.A. student Marija Kalas won first place in Sherwin-Williams STIR Student Design Challenge residential design category this year. Winners were selected from a pool of hundreds of entries stemming from the top design schools in the nation. Besides recognition, Kalas received $2,500 for the top prize. Kalas’ winning entry incorporated Sherwin-Williams 2015 Color of the Year Coral Reef in a variety of home spaces.

The Student Design Challenge asks students to design for an individual room, area in a home, an entire home and/or commercial property such as a restaurant, hotel, museum and office or retail store. They could work as individuals or in teams and were required to use a minimum of three Sherwin-Williams colors in their designs. Entries were accepted at from March 1 through April 15, 2015.

“Winning this competition will be an excellent addition to my portfolio to show clients how I can turn their ideas into a visual reality,” Kalas said. “But I think the biggest benefit of winning this competition is to be recognized and associated with such a reputable company.”

Director of the School Interior Architecture and Design Archana Myer commended Kalas. “She is a dedicated student who has consistently excelled in the classroom,” Myer said. “It is wonderful to see her talents being recognized by the industry as well. The IAD department is very proud of Marija’s accomplishments.” 


Living room design by Marija Kalas.


Theater design by Marija Kalas.