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Originally from the UK and now based in the US, Rhodec DipHE student Fiona Worboys takes time out from her busy life to tell us a little about herself



Fiona Worboys

I embarked upon Rhodec International's Interior Design Diploma in 2002, and am currently completing the Final Test, for examination by London Metropolitan University.

Born and raised in the United Kingdom, I chose to combine my business sense (a bachelor's degree in economics) with my fascination for design and colour, by following a career in the retail fashion industry (including attending the London College of Fashion). A relocation to the United States (initially Chicago, then Michigan), later enabled me to pursue a long-nurtured interest in interior design.

My design experience includes my present internship position at an established residential interior design firm; taking part in IIDA's Mentoring Week; volunteering on community design projects with Supporting the Spirit Foundation in Chicago, and Habitat for Humanity in Detroit; and participating as a member of the Rhodec team at Elle Décor's prestigious Dining by Design event in New York in 2004.

I have also had two recent competition wins. This fall I was winner of the ASID ACCESS Design Challenge (scan of magazine pages, or text), for my interpretation of an assisted living apartment. In addition, I was part of a core team that established ASID's first totally virtual student chapter, helping to win their prestigious 2005 Website of the Year Award.

A keen writer, I am also extensively published: by national retailer Design Within Reach (for whom I covered the Detroit Auto Show), in the New York Daily News (which featured the Rhodec team's Dining by Design creation), through regular contributions to on-line interior design magazine Plinth and Chintz (three articles: 1, 2, 3) and industry journals ACCESS, Custom, and Visions. I have also had several photographs published, including on the cover of the re-launch issue of ACCESS magazine.

An active member of the design community, I attended the ASID Chapter Leadership Conference in Washington in 2004, and recently held a coveted position on the IIDA Student Advisory Committee.

Away from my studies I enjoy a range of interests, tied in to my passion for design: architecture, graphic design, photography, and travel - which provide me with much of my inspiration.

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