Add some more hardware to Dale Carithers’ shelf. The Gwinnett Technical College student has done it again.
This time, Carithers, an interior design student at Gwinnett Tech, was recently honored by the American Society of Interior Designers Georgia chapter with two design excellence awards. Carithers’ treehouse design was the winner in the Best Individual Residential Design Concept category and her college social station design received an award of merit in the Best Individual Commercial Design Concept category.
“I am so excited and proud that my work was recognized by the top interior design professionals in Georgia,” Carithers said in a press release. “It is such an honor to receive their praise. It has inspired me to push myself to exciting new levels and dream big.”
Two years ago, Carithers received $2,500 prize for her entry in a nationwide contest for Sherwin-Williams. Carithers was the winner in the commercial division of the Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge, an honor that came with being featured alongside her work of a beachside resort in an edition of STIR Magazine.
Carithers recently graduated from Gwinnett Tech, and she’s launched her own design firm in Dacula called My Ideas Interiors. Her firm specializes in residential and soft commercial designs.
“My training at Gwinnett Tech has prepared me well,” Carithers said. “I’m excited to grow my firm, continue my involvement in ASID and mentor future students at Gwinnett Tech.”
Susan Arnold, Gwinnett Tech’s Interiors program director, said ASID’s recognition of Carithers is proof that she is one of the best interior design students in the state.
“Her work is outstanding and we are thrilled that she has caught the eye of industry professionals,” Arnold said. “Dale has an exciting, successful career ahead of her. I can’t wait to see what she does next.”
Arnold also noted that Gwinnett Tech was the only technical college to compete in the statewide competition.
“This is proof positive that Gwinnett Tech’s interior design program is one of the best in the state, too,” she said. “We definitely meet all colleges and universities toe-to- toe in our industry. When our students compete and win industry awards like this, it is a testament to what can be accomplished in the technical environment.”