April 26, 2024 Interior Architecture Vols Named to Metropolis Future100

Seniors Anna Shoemaker and Kathryn Webb have been selected amongst the top 100 architecture and interior design students in the nation by . The annual Future100 features students, nominated by their instructors and mentors, who are regarded as the most talented class of undergraduate and graduate students.

Shoemaker and Webb join the in the United States and Canada as selected by the magazine’s team.

, a fourth-year student from Germantown, Tennessee, was nominated by Greg Terry, owner of GSTerry Design Studio, and Rana Abudayyeh, associate professor and Robin Klehr Avia Professor of Interior Architecture.

鈥淚 remember Caitlin Turner had been recognized my freshman year, so I was so excited when I found out I had been selected,鈥 said Shoemaker. 鈥淩eceiving an honor like MET Future100 is so validating of all the work I have put in and solidifies that I am on the right path.鈥

IA Collaborative, UT鈥檚 student organization of IIDA and ASID, has been a formative experience for Shoemaker. She has served on the board since her first-year at UT and finishes her term as president this semester.

鈥淢y time in IA Collaborative taught me how to serve the community I am a part of both inside and outside of the A+A,鈥 she said. 鈥淓xperiences in IA Collaborative taught me how to network and present myself professionally as well as participate in the college鈥檚 academic and administrative conversation. Being a part of this organization connected me to the pulse of the School of Interior Architecture by embedding me in its community.鈥

, a fourth-year student from Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, was nominated by Abudayyeh as well. She has served in multiple leadership roles in IA Collaborative. Webb was a 2023 Gensler Brinkmann Scholarship finalist and 2023 ASID Student Commercial Silver Award recipient.

鈥淚 have so much respect for our interior architecture leadership and professors, so I felt very honored to been nominated and lucky to have been selected,鈥 she said.

She developed a passion for inclusive and community-driven spaces after two studios with Abudayyeh. This fall, she will continue to explore her design interests as she pursues a Master鈥檚 in architecture degree at UT.

鈥淭he School of Interior Architecture has prepared me well for graduate school. I believe my time as an interior architecture student will help me be a better architecture student,鈥 she said.