Alumna Uses Sustainable Interior Design for MaineGeneral Medical Center

Our interior design graduates work all over the United States and the world. For Lisa Schauwecker, it’s the humanistic aspect of interior design that keeps her connected to the industry since she’s graduated from Mount Ida College. An Interior Designer at SMRT – Architects and Engineers, the West Yarmouth, Massachusetts native has been with the firm’s office in Portland, Maine since 2011 where she has sustainably designed the new 640,000 square foot MaineGeneral Medical Center (MGMC).

Jumpstarting Her Career

“Since joining SMRT three days after graduation, I’ve been heavily involved in the interior design of the MGMC,” said Schauwecker. “I have assisted in finish selections; drafted floor and wall finish plans; and have spent most of the past year working on furniture selection, bid packages and furniture finishes and fabrics. It’s been an exciting project to start my career!”
Through the help of Career Services, Schauwecker received guidance in developing her cover letter and resume for the position. Ultimately, she believes that you should begin your job search as soon as possible and find the right fit when choosing your career.
“I see myself constantly learning and growing as a designer,” added Schauwecker. “My goals are to improve the lives of those within the spaces I design. Working in the healthcare market, I have experienced how the design of a building can impact many lives.”

A Specialized Experience

From commercial design to custom offices, the interior design program prepared Schauwecker with invaluable skills for the working world. Small class sizes helped her learn, along with individualized instruction. She utilizes her interior design skills in her daily work through planning an evidence-based, lean and sustainable design for MGMC.

“I developed a strong interest in the Design Communication course, as I learned how important it was to convey the design of an interior through three-dimensional rendering,” said Schauwecker. “The Professional Practice course was also a great transition for my career: we had mock interviews, developed our resumes, and learned what an Interior Designer does on a day-to-day basis.