Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Why did you choose to study interior architecture & design?
What initially drew me to this field was the ability to use creative design thinking and work in a very hands-on tangible way. Now, I love interiors because of its engaging ability to create an interactive and memorable space that shapes the human experience.
What makes earning a degree at NewSchool special?
NewSchool is so unique from the other schools I have been to because its size allows for much more interaction and connection with faculty and students. I love how diverse NewSchool is not only culturally, but also in people’s backgrounds and experiences where everyone has something interesting to bring to the table. The interaction between other disciplines has also given me such a broader perspective and been the most rewarding part of being at NewSchool.
What has been your favorite thing about attending NewSchool?
My favorite thing about being at Newschool has to be the incredible people I’ve met here, the creative, close-knit environment it cultivates, and Studio late nights always.
What are your career goals after you graduate?
I always like to keep an open mind and be open to new experiences and opportunities to grow, learn, and become a better designer. I hope to create meaningful, innovative, and community-oriented designs that shape the human experience.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
People would be surprised to learn that I have lived in 3 different countries outside of the U.S, and I hope to continue traveling!
What advice do you have for incoming students?
My advice would be to be open-minded, take classes outside of your discipline, use the library, and embrace changes and challenges.
Why should a prospective student choose NewSchool?
The connections, the urban environment, and the student culture.
Gabriela’s Favorite Class Project
Title: Rewild Mission Bay
Description: A flexible, connective, and communal space, the Wetlands Education and Research Center inspires a place of learning, creating, and connecting with the natural environment of San Diego.
3rd Year Interior Architecture & Design Project
Instructor: Denise Homme