Get to know the 2016 Scholarship Winners

Erica Albertson

University of Idaho / Interior Design

What are some of your favorite hotels, restaurants, and spaces in the Pacific Northwest?
a.    The Davenport Hotel – Spokane.  The integration of and inspiration from several historical periods.  You instantly feel like royalty upon entry.
b.    Four Seasons Hotel – Seattle.  Love the use of neutrals and line to create a contemporary but comfortable and welcoming lobby.
c.    Seattle Public Library – Seattle.  Architecture at its finest!  Not hospitality, but the play with light, angles and modernism… What’s not to love?
d.    Barbacoa – Boise.  The Wine Bottle Vault entryway.  Pink wall tiles in the women’s restroom.  The entire restaurant is the perfect balance of sophisticated and glam.
e.    Jackson Hole Airport Lounge – Jackson Hole.  Its fatal flaw is that it isn’t in the PNW!  Hair on hide sofa, fireplace, slatted wood ceiling.  I’ve never wanted a 3 hour layover so badly.

If you could check into any hotel in the world, what would it be? And why?

Quinta Azul – Rio de Janeiro.  So quaint, cozy, and breakfast with monkeys?!  Not a fancy resort, but rather in in the culture of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Where would you most like to live someday?

The Pacific Northwest.  My plans never work out, so I’ve stopped making them, but the PNW will forever have my heart.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not at school or work?

Building anything and everything.  My love for construction is a close second to my love for design.

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Gabrielle A. Diebner

University of Idaho / Interior Design

What are some of your favorite hotels, restaurants, and spaces in the Pacific Northwest?

I recently visited Starbucks Headquarters and thought it was amazing! I love the newer trends and natural yet modern look they are infiltrating in their corporate and restaurant designs. A small new restaurant in Moscow called Tapped reminds me of the same modern rustic look of Starbucks with its own small town charm. I also think the Davenport Hotel in Spokane is interesting in that is has maintained so much of its original history and personality that you get to experience a variety of spaces and styles throughout the hotel.

Where would you most like to live someday?

Honestly I would love to stay in Seattle. My family is here and I can see myself one day raising my own family in the suburbs of this beautiful city. I love the water, the mountains, and trees that make Seattle’s landscape breathtaking and the energy in the people who live here. It is an active, prosperous, and invigorating city and I love being a part of it. Not to mention I am a hard core Seahawks and Mariner fan, win or lose, I will always support my team.

What is your favorite caffeinated beverage?

A chai tea latte is my go to all day any day.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not at school or work?

I love spending time with my friends and family, from coffee dates to hiking, to shopping or watching movies, basically anything adventurous and
memory making. I also enjoy blasting out with music and either journaling, drawing, or dancing while I’m in my element.

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Sativa Jaeger

The Art Institute of Portland / Interior Design

What are some of your favorite hotels, restaurants, and spaces in the Pacific Northwest?

My favorite hotel is one that I came across during an industry event, as a student volunteer. Hotel Vintage in Portland, it is a boutique hotel which offers a great guest experience and there is a story and purpose behind every selection.

What is one thing nobody would ever know about you?

I am a four time state champion bowler.

If you could check into any hotel in the world, what would it be? And why?

My little sister dreams of going to Iceland, and in that I came across a hotel called Hotel Range. It is known for being the best place to watch the
northern lights. Their suites are themed for different countries, heaven wants to stay in the Antarctica room which is very modern and full of furs.

Tell us about your personal/professional background.

I have worked in the industry since I was 17, I started with an internship at a small town design firm. I now work as a cabinetry designer for Northwoods, working alongside many builders and clients in their journey for creating a home.

Where would you most like to live someday?

I don’t plan on leaving the northwest, it’s beautiful here and there is so much to do.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not at school or work?

With my sisters diagnosis we have made a pact to try something new every weekend: last week it was ape caves this weekend it’s rafting on the
Deschutes river.

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Victoria Pitroff

Seattle Pacific University / Interior Design

What are some of your favorite hotels, restaurants, and spaces in the Pacific Northwest?

This could be a lengthy answer, but I’ll try and keep it short! My favorite hotels in the PNW include Palladian, Ace Hotel, Adrift Hotel and Spa, Inn at Langley, and Jupiter Hotel. My all time favorite restaurants where I love both the restaurant design and food include the Walrus and the Carpenter, The London Plane, Bar Sajor, Bar Melusine, The Fat Hen, Bröder, and San Fermo. Some good hangout spaces are Marzocco Café inside of KEXP at the Seattle Center, the Downtown Seattle Public Library, and Waterfall Garden Park in Pioneer Square.

If you could check into any hotel in the world, what would it be? And why?

Oooh, this is a tough question, but I would have to say the Juvet Hotel located in Norway. I was first introduced to this hotel by its feature in the movie Ex Machina. The entire movie all I could think was, “This is the place of my dreams!!”. The gorgeous modern structure is located in a village in rural Norway, and its design seeks to be as unobtrusive as possible to not detract from the surrounding natural beauty of the mountains and river. The design itself is your quintessential Scandinavian minimalism – floor to ceiling windows, lots of natural textures, and open spaces with minimal, but tastefully curated, furniture and accessories. As if this place couldn’t get any better, each hut has its own private sauna and spa! After I found out that it was not only located in one of my favorite countries, but also was a hotel that I could rent, it became a life goal to get to this dreamy place one day.

Where would you most like to live someday?

Paris! My husband and I spent 10 days there last summer, and I didn’t even know it was possible to fall in love with a city as much as I did! I loved the effortless beauty of the city, the relaxed culture, the amazing architecture and interiors, and the scrumptious food we had at every meal. I felt so inspired by everything I encountered. My husband and I have been scheming ever since about how we will one day move there!

What is your favorite caffeinated beverage?

Being a Seattle native, I think I’m obligated to say just a good, strong cup of coffee! More specifically, however, I love café au lait made with Lighthouse Coffee – my favorite local roaster!

 

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