Student Success Stories

NYIAD is nothing without its student and graduates, and we love sharing student success stories. Below are stories about NYIAD students and graduates who have achieved success in their field of study. If you have a success story for us, we'd love to hear it. Click here and share it.

Student Success: Ada Gonzalez
Student Success: Ada Gonzalez
By Michelle Ecker on September 4th, 2016

After spending several years working as a production project manager designing promotional displays for high-end stores, Ada Gonzalez realized that her professional life wasn’t leaving her with any emotional fullfillment. Wanting to work in a field she felt passionate about, she began to comb through newspaper classifieds in search of a job she’d love. After realizing one afternoon that interior…

Student Success: Farha Syed
Student Success: Farha Syed
By Michelle Ecker on April 4th, 2016

When she was a high school student, Farha Syed began realizing her interest in interior design during a time when her family was touring new homes in preparation for a move. After working in JC Penny’s home department for several years, Farha decided to pursue her passion for elegant home design in a more serious way, and enrolled at NYIAD.…

Student Success: Sirena Hopp
Student Success: Sirena Hopp
By Michelle Ecker on January 19th, 2016

For many years, Sirena Hopp wanted to be a wedding planner but convinced herself that these plans weren’t conceivable ones for her future. Instead, she worked full time in a medical office handling client paperwork, studies, and surgery preparation. After a while, Sirena finally decided to take a leap in her career, enrolling in NYIAD’s Wedding and Event Planning course.…

Student Success Nathalie Fugere
Student Success Nathalie Fugere
By Michelle Ecker on October 15th, 2015

In October 2013, Nathalie Fugere closed down her home staging business in order to fully explore interior design. Understandably nervous, she initially worried she wouldn’t establish a sufficient client base to achieve financial stability in 2014. Her worries would prove unfounded however, as her business would successfully land nine major projects in its first year. Close client relationships, outstanding patron…

Student Success: Jean Charles Vaneck
Student Success: Jean Charles Vaneck
By Michelle Ecker on September 21st, 2015

After working as a freelance pianist for several years, Jean Charles Vaneck went back to school with NYIAD at the age of 30. Working diligently with our mentors, Jean Charles further developed his organizational skills and taste for sophisticated elegance. He is now one of the first male wedding planners based in Paris, successfully coordinating luxury destination weddings for countless…

Student Success - Jeanette Bobby
Student Success - Jeanette Bobby
By NYIAD Staff on September 12th, 2013

How did you become interested in jewelry making? My first introduction to jewelry making took place in my backyard during the summer of ¬2005. A close neighbor made jewelry for weddings and other upscale events. Her outdoor studio consisted of a small folding table and an old rocking chair. I was in-between jobs at the time and would watch her…

Student Success - C. Anson Hedges
Student Success - C. Anson Hedges
By Sarah Van Arsdale on December 8th, 2010

Designer Monthly: What initially drew you to the NYIAD Interior Design Course? Hedges: I chose NYIAD because I could take the course work in my own time, and the cost of the training couldn't be beat. As I progressed in my studies, I came to realize that I had chosen the best school for me. I learned all aspects of…

Student Success - Mirian Oliveira
Student Success - Mirian Oliveira
By Sarah Van Arsdale on July 8th, 2010

Many people like their jobs; they may be a little reluctant to see the sun rise on Monday, but their co-workers are fun to be with, the clients are friendly, and the work isn’t bad. But Mirian Oliveira wanted more. She was living in Brazil, and had been working as a dental hygienist for eighteen years. “I liked the work,…

Student Success - Connie Nikiforoff
Student Success - Connie Nikiforoff
By Sarah Van Arsdale on April 9th, 2010

What's the secret to being a successful designer? One is simply knowing your clients and their needs, and then catering specifically to them. That's what NYIAD Graduate Connie Nikiforoff does, and her business, Connie Nikiforoff Designs, has the track record to show that it works. If you're living in Manhattan or Los Angeles, you'll likely have interior design clients who…

Student Success - Veronica Sypsomos
Student Success - Veronica Sypsomos
By Sarah Van Arsdale on March 25th, 2010

NYIAD students are out there in droves decorating clients' homes, serving as consultants in department stores, and re-designing everything from metropolitan penthouses to lakeshore cottages. If you've started your own business, if you've been hired by a decorating firm, or if you've achieved success in some other way in the field of interior design, we want to hear from you!…