Getting Opinions From The Pros

OCC Interior Design major Tara Carr (right) receives feedback about her portfolio from Ann Marie Benedict (left), a Project Manager at King+King Architects.

Several students enrolled in the Architectural Technology and Interior Design majors took advantage of an invaluable opportunity when industry professionals came to campus to judge their portfolios. “It was a very good experience to be exposed to an individual who could help me with my portfolio and tell me how I could make it look the best and most professional,” said Tara Carr, an Interior Design major who came to OCC from West Genesee High School.

Carr’s evaluator was Ann Marie Benedict, a Project Manager at King+King Architects and Onondaga Community College alumna. She earned degrees in both Interior Design and Architectural Technology from OCC before transferring to Syracuse University. Benedict turned an internship at King + King into a job and has worked there for 20 years. She enjoyed the opportunity to give back and share advice with tomorrow’s professionals. “It’s important to do things like this so students understand what it is to work in the profession. It’s important to get them acclimated to what it’s going to be like in the real world and what we’re looking for in students and designers.”

The Portfolio Review Session was coordinated by OCC’s Career Services Office, the Office of Alumni Relations, and faculty in the Architectural Technology and Interior Design majors. Organizers wish to express their thanks to the following industry professionals who volunteered their time to evaluate student’s work:

  • Ann Marie Benedict, King + King Architects
  • Sara Berg, Ashley McGraw Architects
  • Diana Elliott, Ashley McGraw Architects
  • Douglas Johnston, SUNY ESF

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