Get to know the 2017 Scholarship Winners

 

Gabrielle Diebner

University of Idaho / Interior Design

Gabrielle’s major is in interior design at the University of Idaho.

To learn more about Gabrielle we asked her a few questions:

What was the last book you read?
Everything, Everything… It’s really good, I’d recommend reading it over see the movie!

What is the thing nobody would ever know about you?
I did baton twirling for a year in 3rd grade

Tell us about your personal/Professional Background.
I am entering my senior year at UI and am currently interning with Cuningham Group Architecture in Las Vegas. I am working in their Play Market which focuses on hospitality, namely casinos and resorts. This summer I have been working on putting together control Sample Binders and writing specifications for a casino project finishing up this summer!

What do you enjoy doing when you are not at school or work?
I love exploring the great outdoors and going on adventures! This summer I took a road trip with friends and visited the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park, two things checked off my bucket list!


Madalyn Pearson

Washington State University / Hospitality Management

Madalyn’s major is in Hospitality Management at Washington State University.

To learn more about Madalyn we asked her a few questions:

What is the last book you read?
I am currently reading The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel Brown. It’s beyond fascinating to read about a sport that I knew next to nothing about – rowing, set in an area that I grew up – in an age long before my time. I absolutely love it so far, even despite the fact that it centers around the University of Washington, my university’s rival! Go Cougs!

If you could check into any hotel in the world, what would it be? And why?
This is a tough one but if I had to choose just one I would say the Ritz Paris. I visited Paris for the first time following my graduation from high school and absolutely fell in love with the city. The Ritz is iconic and classic, sophisticated and historic – and to me represents all things Parisian. Furthermore, being a Hospitality major with a minor in French, it appeals to both of my passions!

What is your favorite caffeinated beverage?
Having grown up so close to Seattle I definitely have to say coffee. I started drinking it when I was around the age of 13 and now I can’t go a day without it. Sometimes I need more than one cup a day!

What do you enjoy doing when you are not at school or work?
When not at school or work I love to spend my time traveling, hiking, eating, and just trying new things. Fortunately, they all tend to go together pretty well!


Shelby Ruiz

Washington State University / Construction Management

Shelby’s major is in interior design at Washington State University with a minor in Construction Management.

To learn more about Shelby we asked her a few questions:

What are some of your favorite hotels, restaurants and spaces in the Pacific Northwest?
I love spaces that capitalize on the location of its placement area while respecting the culture of its people:
The Coeur d’Alene Resort, Coeur d’Alene, ID: Features great views onto the lake, and walkable access to downtown nightlife including restaurants and shops. The Maxwell Hotel, Seattle, WA: Reacting to the artistic culture of Seattle and its prime location near the ballet, Space Needle, and Experience Music Project, this hotel is colorful and vibrant like the people of the PNW.

What is the last book you read?
Buffering: Tales of a Life Fully Loaded, Hannah Hart

What is the thing nobody would ever know about you?
I live immersed in a jungle of both indoor and outdoor plants, that slowly have taken over my heart (and apartment). There is nothing better than the smell of a tomato plant, or waking up to dappled morning light from the trees adjacent to me.

If you could check into any hotel in the world, what would it be and why?
As someone who can appreciate sitting on a beach and watching water, I have always wanted to travel to see the resorts surrounding the Mediterranean. Not any in particular, but to see and compare the styles of each as they serve their travelers. A beautiful getaway sounds great to anyone, right?

Tell us about your personal/professional background.
I have been toying around with graphic design for nearly 7 years now, from being a high school yearbook editor, then a custom graphic specialist as I was able to get a job, and now as a university intern in publications. Visual communication has brought me to design, allowing me to conceptually develop as a professional with a care to specialize in geriatric care and improve the quality of life through biophilia. I want to take my interest in graphics, plants, and psychology into design to make a diverse impact.

Where would you most like to live someday?
I think it is safe to say I have an affinity for trees and mountains, and whether that leaves me in the PNW, or along somewhere similar, I will be happy.

What is your favorite caffeinated beverage?
Venti, half ice, cold brew with a pump of vanilla and a little room.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not at school or work?
I like to go to the driving range and practice yoga. I garden, make meals, and am a chronic re-arranger of furniture.


Lindsey Wenzel

Marylhurst University / Interior Design

Lindsey’s major is in interior design at Marylhurst University.

What are some of your favorite hotels, restaurants and spaces in the Pacific Northwest?
I love Ace Hotels for their sleek, fun designs and affordability. I also really love the interior at the Bit House Saloon in Portland. It’s a great space!

What is the thing nobody would ever know about you?
I am a total math nerd. I was on math team in high school and briefly considered becoming an actuary.

If you could check into any hotel in the world, what would it be and why?
I’ve always wanted to stay at the Chateau Marmont in LA. It’s a Hollywood icon with a long history and you never know who you will run into there.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not at school or work?
I enjoy spending time with my two dogs and husband, cooking and going to see live music. I also love traveling when I have time and money for it!


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.


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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