Stacie Vasquez is a senior studying Interior Design and will be graduating in May 2014.
She is currently a member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and IIDA (International Interior Design Association).
Stacie’s future aspiration is to design at least one famous or appreciated space, and have an impact on how someone feels in a space. She feels a space means so much more to people when the design has a purpose and was critically thought about, rather than designing something based on looks and money. For those reasons, she is greatly influenced by Buckminster Fuller and Frank Lloyd Wright, and feels lucky that she has actually been able to experience some of their designs.
When Stacie first came to SIU, Interior Design was not her original focus. She started out as an Accounting major and after her first year, she realized that it just was not for her. Stacie always enjoyed drawing and being involved in hands-on projects, which she knew she would not get in Accounting. Stacie’s father is a mason, and growing up she would often accompany him to job sites, and she always thought it was interesting to walk through a building right after the walls were put up and envision what rooms would be where. So after her freshman year, she made the decision to change majors, and she hasn’t regretted it since.
Stacie loves the small town feel of SIU. She is originally from St. Libory, Illinois, a small town of about 600 people, and big cities have never been her thing. In her spare time, she enjoys reading Nicholas Sparks novels and spending time outdoors camping, boating, swimming, and discovering new things, which is exactly what SIU has to offer.