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Kathryn Hunchar

BS interior design ’07


Where are you employed? Meyer Design, Inc. in Ardmore, PA

What are some of the exciting aspects of your occupation and career?
Hunchar: I really enjoy seeing projects I've worked on come to life. It's amazing to see something that you’ve dedicated so much time and energy to planning on paper actually be built. It is also very gratifying to help my clients and witness their excitement first hand when they see their new space.

What would you consider as your greatest achievement in this occupation?
Hunchar: Honestly, when my clients are proud and thrilled with the end result of their project, that gives me the greatest sense of accomplishment and motivation. From projects big to small that feeling never changes.

Why did you decide to choose this career?
Hunchar: It's hard to make a decision as big as your career in high school. I had been back and forth between studying Physical Therapy and Interior Design for a couple of years. However, ever since I was young I had always been inspired by seeing new spaces and interiors. As much as I enjoyed science and math, I knew I wanted to do something creative. Once I read about the interior design curriculum, I knew that I had to go for it.

Why did you choose Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts and Design over similar programs?
Hunchar: Once I saw the line-up of courses that Drexel offered in the interior design major, everything clicked. I knew it was what I wanted to pursue. I hadn't realized it at the time, but having a world class city at your fingertips was a huge benefit. Philadelphia offers so many resources and endless inspiration.

How did your time at Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts and Design prepare you for your career?
Hunchar: Drexel's interior design program exposed me to so many aspects of design. The process that the program takes you through, starting with design theory and art history progressing all the way to specific design studios that focus on residential, commercial & hospitality design opened my eyes to more aspects of design than I even knew existed prior to entering into the program.

How significant was your coop experience in shaping your employment?
Hunchar: HUGE! I ended up working at the firm I did my coop at for 5 years after graduation. There is nothing like Drexel's coop program. It is a great introduction to your future profession and the working world. It's also a very valuable way of making professional contacts. The network I created during my coop experience continues to help me through my professional life 7 years later.

Was our faculty helpful to you in making the transition from college to the professional world? Are you still in contact with them?
Hunchar: I haven't stayed in very close contact with the faculty, but when I see them at industry events it's great to have the connection with them. While I haven't kept in the best touch, I know that they're always there to help. The design industry in Philadelphia is a very close knit group which is a great, reassuring feeling.

What advice would you give to young people in your field who are just starting their education?
Hunchar: It's not a walk in the park, but I promise that your dedication pays off! Get involved, challenge yourself & learn from all of the creative people around you. A big part of design is problem solving. It's amazing how many ways there are to do the same thing.