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Meyer- Ardmore, PA

Ananda Vidal

MS Interior Architecture & Design '14

Ananda Vidal

What are you working?

Meyer- Ardmore, PA

What are some of the rewarding aspects of your occupation and career? 

I love hearing and seeing how happy end users are using and engaging with the spaces I design. It is even more rewarding when employees who aren't on the design committee, pull you aside and thank you for the work done!

What would you consider as your greatest achievement in this occupation?

My greatest achievement thus far has been continued growth and the ability to apply this knowledge. I am a different designer from when I originally started, and I am ecstatic to have become this individual.

Why did you choose this career?

As the daughter of a nurse, I would hear stories of how tasking the medical industry was for employees and I wanted to do my part to try to make these environments better suited for the individual experience. I have since learned that I have a passion for the employee experience, which has ultimately led me into corporate design.

Why did you choose Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts and Design over similar programs? 

The primary reason I chose the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design was because of location; I wanted to be in the heart of Philadelphia with access to everything and everyone. Drexel's international reputation makes it a beautifully diverse institution that I had to be part of.

How did your time at Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts and Design prepare you for your career? 

Westphal College of Media Arts and Design pushed me creatively. They taught me how to develop conceptual ideas and designs and showed me how to funnel them into a built environment. I think having the ability to think and create outside of the box helps Westphal graduates succeed in this industry.

Was our faculty helpful to you in making the transition to a career in interior design? Are you still in contact with them? 

This program has a phenomenal group of faculty members that have truly helped with my transition into the industry. I do keep in contact with 3 of my former instructors.

What advice would you give to someone considering returning to a Master’s program in interior design? 

Do it! This program is tough, challenging and yet so fulfilling. You will be proud of your accomplishments and where this program will take you!