Marissa Reilly ’20

Interior Design Major Marissa Reilly

Aspiring Residential Designer Helps Brainstorm Development of Major Downtown Redevelopment

As part of her interior design studio course, Marissa Reilly ’20 created plans for Meriden 2020, an innovative mixed-used housing development being planned for one of Connecticut’s biggest cities.

She designed a townhouse to meet the needs of a specific client: a single Mom who is a nurse; her adult son who goes to school, works nights and gets home late; and her two school-aged sons, 10 and 12.

It’s been a really cool project. It’s so connected to what we’ll be doing in our careers.

She created a separate apartment for the older son on the first floor with its own entrance, a kitchenette and a half bathroom. The second floor featured an open kitchen and dining and living space, and the third floor included two bedrooms, a laundry area, and a full bathroom.

Reilly’s professor praised her insight into her client’s needs.

“That kitchenette is a great feature,” said Professor Jesse Peck. “It gives the older son autonomy.”

Reilly – who plans to become a residential designer – says she was energized by the experience. “It’s been a really cool project,” she says. “It’s so connected to what we’ll be doing in our careers.”

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