04 May 2018

Second year Bachelor of Design (Honours) student, Benson Smith, is the inaugural recipient of the Jane Pitman Interior Design Scholarship.

Professor Mandy Thomas, Executive Dean of the Creative Industries, presented Benson with the scholarship at an afternoon tea, joined by the donor Dennis Pitman, Benson’s family and Creative Industries staff.

“We are very honoured to be able to present this award to Benson who will benefit greatly from the scholarship for the next three years of his undergraduate degree.  

It’s a wonderful legacy of the late Jane Pitman to acknowledge our talented interior design students through this award. We sincerely thank Dennis Pitman for working with QUT and recognising our Bachelor of Design (Interior Design) program as a worthy university recipient of this award,” said Professor Thomas.

Dennis established the scholarship in honour of his late wife, Jane Pitman, who was a gifted interior designer herself. This scholarship provides the opportunity for aspiring, creative students to realise their goals and excel in the field of design, and in life.

“Jane was a dynamic and inspiring person with a great sense of style and widespread creative talents.  As a designer, she had an affinity with textures and colours and a deep knowledge of fabrics. She single-handedly built her business, Casablanca Interior Design, starting in Brisbane then moving to Sydney and finally to the Noosa region. This scholarship was of Jane's making, she originating the idea well before her illness. It was always her wish that she leave a legacy to help other aspiring interior designers who follow.”

“Awarding this scholarship to Benson epitomises this legacy as he exemplifies the qualities, both professionally and personally, to successfully fulfil his aspirations for an interior design career”.

Benson acknowledged his appreciation advising that “the scholarship will enable me to support the enhanced learning of design software skills, undertake internships and assist employment commitments which support my study”.  Through his current employment in a hospital, Benson has been inspired for his designs to help people.  In particular he is fascinated with colour and its psychological effect on people, particularly spaces for children and mental health.

The scholarship is open to third year QUT Bachelor of Design (Interior Design) students. Applicants are required to provide a portfolio and statement of their achievements and how they would use the scholarship to enhance their interior design skills and enable their transition into professional practice. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of a number of criteria:

  • academic merit
  • a candidate's ability to excel in the field of interior design and become commercially desirable
  • their capabilities with respect to creativity, innate style and commercial awareness, and
  • excellent personal qualities.

Consideration may also be given to financial or social disadvantage facing an applicant.

Information on the Jane Pitman Interior Design Scholarship and how you can apply for 2019 is now available.

2018 Jane Pitman Interior Design Scholarship recipient, Benson Smith