Berkeley College Interior Design Student Receives Award in American Society of Interior Designers Competition



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Beata Matwiejczuk of Spring Valley, NY, Berkeley College Class of 2011, Interior Design, has received an award for the entry she submitted in a student competition sponsored by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (NJASID). Ms. Matwiejczuk received Honorable Mention in the 2011 Paul Gutkin Memorial Student Design Competition. On the day of the event participants were presented with a client profile. Students used their hand-drafting skills, space planning, and creativity to create a restorative plastic surgery office for women.

“These competitions are good practice. This one resembles the NCIDQ national qualifying exam for state certification,” said Ms. Matwiejczuk. “You have to manage your time well; three hours is not much time to come up with a satisfying design that meets all of the criteria.

Ms. Matwiejczuk returned to college to pursue her long-standing interest in interior design after the company she had been working for, a small remodeling firm, closed.  She expects to receive her Associate’s Degree at the end of this year.

Jason Lee, Faculty Liaison for the Berkeley College Student Chapter of NJASID, sets aside time each quarter to conduct special Student Workshops for students who wish to submit their work in competitions. Separate from the curriculum design work, here Berkeley College students receive personal encouragement and help to refine their ideas.

“The student puts in a lot of effort,” says Instructor Lee. “But also gains experience, publicity, and the privilege of citing the entry on his or her resume,”

The Berkeley College Interior Design program offers Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Interior Design, a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design Management, and beginning this fall, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design.

A leader in business education for 80 years, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls nearly 9,000 students — including more than 800 international students — in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The College has four New Jersey locations — Woodland Park, Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark. And in New York there are four locations — Midtown Manhattan, Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area, Brooklyn, and White Plains.  Berkeley College Online also offers full degree programs. Programs are offered in more than 20 career fields. The website address is


Photo Caption: Beata Matwiejczuk of Spring Valley, NY, Berkeley College, Interior Design, has received Honorable Mention for the entry she submitted in a student competition sponsored by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Interior Design (NJASID).

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