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Sze Man Chan, a foreign student who moved to the United States from Hong Kong 8 years ago, is a recent graduate from East Carolina University’s CIDA accredited Interior Design Program. Throughout her college career she was an active student member of ASID. As a design student SzeMan completed numerous courses emphasizing residential, hospitality, sustainable, universal and commercial design. She is also fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin.

As an extremely driven and dedicated young professional with a passion for design, Sze Man is always striving to do her best. Her professors and fellow classmates often refer her to as a perfectionist. When it comes to design her ultimate goal is to create a sustainable and functional environment that someone can comfortably live or work in. In her opinion “The best design is one that the user is able to function in with ease. A successful design should have to aid and not hinder the user’s way of living or working. It also has to be compliant with the user’s preference for things more easily seen and tangible.”

While Sze Man was working toward her Bachelor of Science Degree in Interior Design she had the opportunity of interning for LDL Studio, a hospitality architectural design firm located in Providence, Rhode Island. During her studies she also conducted research for the Center of Sustainable Tourism to promote sustainability in the Outer Banks. She specifically researched innovative methods that the Outer Banks could implement in the design of their buildings in order to upgrade its environment to a “green” vacation site. Sze Man’s dream of studying abroad became a reality after shewas awarded an Undergraduate Research and creativity award and then nominated to be an international student to study abroad in Turkey. During her last semester as a design student she studied Architecture and Environmental Design at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.While in Turkey she had the opportunity to visitmany of Turkey’s major cities such as: Istanbul, Izmir, Cappadocia, Ephesus, and Fethiye.

After studying abroad in Turkey and vacationing to both Hong Kong and Australia, Sze Man is finally back in the United States. Sze Man is always looking for ways to be involved in the industry in order to further develop her skills and knowledge of design. She is currently trying to start her career as a professional Interior Designer and hopes to be working for an interdisciplinary design firm with other talented designers in the near future.

To learnmore about SzeMan or to viewher personal design portfolio please visit her website
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