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Wednesday 2 December 2015

Solent Alumnus wins international design award

Interior design student Carlos Majano got his career off to a great start this year, scooping the top prize at the Society of British and International Design’s annual student design competition.

The brief asked students to design a retail, leisure or public space with the theme of ‘metamorphosis’, inspiring Carlos to create his own take on an environmentally sustainable hotel lobby and bar.

We had a chat with Carlos to see how he felt about winning the competition, visiting the House of Lords and landing his first job in the industry.

Carlos Majano

How did it feel visiting the House of Lords to receive your award?

Receiving the award at the SBID House of Lords event felt very important to me as it represented the culmination of my studies at Southampton Solent University.

I felt proud of myself for receiving the award and for earning recognition from established members of the industry that one day I hope to represent.

How did your course help you to secure this award?

The course has helped me enormously – without it I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge that prepared me for industry. The support from my tutors, particularly the course leader Sarah Bax, has been there from day one.

Step by step I gained confidence in my capabilities and passion, and I learnt that anything is possible if you work hard and dedicate yourself.

Carlos is pictured here with Sarah Bax and Apprentice contestant Richard Woods.

What did you win and how will it help your career?

The prize includes access 12 months of access to SBID mentors (an established professional company or manufacturer of my choice) and a certificate that I can use prove my skill and dedication to employers.

The real prize is knowing that I am a step closer to becoming a fully fledged industry professional with the confidence to take on any job. Hopefully employers can see that I possess the “extra something” that drives people to be better.

What’s the next step for you?

Receiving the award opens up a range of doors that I wish to take advantage of in every way possible. Finishing university is not the end of my education, but instead represents the start of my continuous professional development.

In terms of personal ambition I would like to take on independent projects, become a senior designer and help others who are just beginning their interior design journey. Whether I’m working for a professional practice or one day running my own, it will feel good to support future practitioners.

To find out more about studying interior design here at Southampton Solent University, please visit our built environment courses homepage.