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Art + Design Notable Alumni


Allison Brown

Allison Brown (BID 2018) has been named the IIDA Commercial Interior Design Association student of the year for 2018. The IIDA Student of the Year award recognizes an IIDA Student Member who has significantly impacted their school’s interior design program through outstanding leadership, insight, and involvement. 


Parker Zimmerman

Parker Zimmerman (BFA/Printmaking 2018) has received a teaching assistantship from Indiana University as he persues his MFA in Printmaking.


Jonathan Christensen

Jonathan Christensen (BFA/Sculpture 2014) is pursuing his MFA in Sculpture at Indiana University. 


Maryam Al Suwaidi

Maryam Al Suwaidi (MS/Interior Design 2010) partnered with her husband (USU Alum, Sulaiman Althehli) and started her interior design firm Design Talk Interior Design Studio, where she is the head designer and creative director. She currently handles commercial and corporate projects like Spas, F&Bs, Retail shops, offices, and exhibition stands.

Additionally, Maryam has been designing furniture pieces and participating in art exhibitions since 2010. In 2016, she took part in the Architectural digest event “Art of Dining” where she designed a table setup with a story. Maryam was also featured next to my partner/husband in Harpers Bazaar magazine, featuring their new firm, which they moved into in 2017.

Gabriel and Brook Anderson

Gabrielle and Brooke Anderson

Gabriel Anderson holds advanced degrees from the leading interior design program at Utah State University. He was mentored by Jamie Drake and Vicente Wolfe, two of the design world’s top talents.  In 2015, Gabriel and Brooke Anderson launched their furniture brand, Gabriel Dean Design. Sothebys called them “designers to watch” and indeed they have quickly gained recognition for their pieces which effortlessly inhabit the space between rigorous mathematical precision and almost whimsical freedom of form. In contrast, Brooke specializes in counseling and human behavior. She focuses on how people interact with and influenced by the spaces where they reside. Now Gabriel and Brooke are taking the same sensibilities that have made their furniture so successful and applying them to the field of interior design, with their new venture: Dean & Dahl. Architectural Digest’s 2018 Holiday House included Dean & Dahl’s spectacular children's room. Their furniture designs continue to be featured in prominent design magazines.   

Since the early twentieth century, couples like Charles and Ray Eames have shown that the union of two different designers often produces a stronger design. Dean+Dahl continues this tradition by uniting the unique talents of Gabriel and Brooke. Together, Gabriel and Brooke create interiors that are beautiful but also improve the lives of the people who interact with them. Gabriel and Brooke have been married for twelve years and are the proud adoptive parents of three children; Penelope, Tucker, and Wolfgang. Though they are Colorado natives, they now live in Hudson Valley, New York.