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Interior Design Alumna Wins Prestigious Industry Award

Karly Cable

Humber Bachelor of Interior Design graduate, Karly Cable, was this year's recipient of Gensler's Rising Designer Award. Gensler is one of the world's largest architecture and design firms and employs some of the most talented and innovative design professionals across the globe. Every year, the Northeast Region of Gensler holds their Gensler Design Excellence Awards (GDEA), which includes the Rising Designer Award, an honor that recognizes Gensler's brightest emerging talent.

Karly works in the Gensler Toronto office as a Project Designer and works in teams of 3-5 people comprised of other Designers and Design Managers. Nominated by her colleagues and mentors, Karly was selected for her outstanding work ethic and her impressive portfolio. While facing stiff competition from three other nominated Gensler Rising stars from across the North East areas of Canada and America, Karly still came out on top.

"I was completely surprised, humbled and ecstatic all at once," recalls Karly about learning of her award. "I was not even made aware that I had been nominated which added to the excitement of it all. I am so lucky to be surrounded by mentors that encourage growth and passion in this career. This award is a reflection of how that encouragement can truly lead to success."

Karly also cites her time at Humber as integral to her success. Zaiba Mian, a Professor in the Interior Design Program, explains that the degree program is "designed to provide students with the tools for a successful career. They are exposed to both the theoretical and technical skills required for the interior design profession."

In addition to that, students are regularly exposed to industry professionals during field trips, in studio critiques and roundtable discussions. Moreover, the work placement, one of the highlights of the program, provides students with industry exposure, so students like Karly are industry-ready as soon as they graduate.

"My biggest takeaway from Humber," says Karly, "was the extraordinary team of professors and mentors. The studio environment they created, encouraged risk-taking, and endless development of our ideas. I thrived in this environment."

Upon hearing about Karly's achievement, her former Humber professors were thrilled, but not surprised.

"[Karly] is an incredibly dedicated, motivated, and creative individual," says Zaiba. "The significance of this award is that Gensler is one of the world's largest Architecture and design firms. It's outstanding!"

Congratulations, Karly, on this wonderful achievement!

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