Suffolk’s Interior Architecture program encourages students to think outside the box. Two graduate students were recently honored for doing just that through their work with lighting.

Sarah Whalen is the winner of the 2014 International Interior Design Association New England scholarship competition. Awarded annually, the scholarship is granted to a student who demonstrates design excellence and innovative thinking. Whalen’s winning project, ‘The Landing,’ presents an innovative plan for a mixed-use residential building. With her design, Whalen tackles the issue of disconnection in the modern urban environment. Common spaces throughout ‘The Landing’ employ networks of LED lights to signal areas of social interaction drawing building residents together.

Lindsay Bach received a travel grant to the Light & Build International Trade Show in Frankfurt, Germany. Sponsored by the Designers Lighting Forum of New England (DLFNE), a non-profit lighting education organization, the scholarship will provide Bach with more than just travel expenses. She will be paired with a mentor from DLFNE to serve as her guide through the trade show.