February 5, 2023

Style and Design

Emerging Designers

Five students and recent grads are already making their mark in the world of fashion and design.

Lori Capullo | 11/1/2010

Sandra Dressler
Senior, Institute of Interior Design
at Southwest Florida College, Bonita Springs

Sandra Dressler
[Photo: Brian Tietz]

> INTERIOR DESIGN

After a 35-year career as a graphic designer in the packaging and promotions department for Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Sandra Dressler switched course. Having fought two bouts with breast cancer, she decided to make some big changes: She relocated to Florida, and she went back to school to study interior design.

"I've always had a knack for it," she says.

Dressler took second place in Florida in the 2009 ASID Student Design Awards competition and has entered 2010's contest.

"Sandra is one of my best students. She thinks outside the box and pushes all of her designs to the top," says Linda Petersen, director of design programs at the institute. "She can do research, write proposals, space plan, price and present incredible presentations. If I were still in business, I'd hire her in a minute."

A room design by Sandra Dressler.
A room design by Sandra Dressler.

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