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Interior design instructors know how important lighting is to any project. They gave students an opportunity to learn from the ground up by creating their own unique fixtures. Their creations range from fun and whimsical to hard and angular and everything in between. What a fun project and a great hands-on learning experience!
Lots of hard work, some outdoors at the height of a hot Alabama summer, went into a design project for seniors taking CTD 425 Advanced Residential Design. As part of a semester-long project, instructors had interior design students measure Tuscaloosa’s historic Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion from top to bottom and inside and out. Once done with that, they were tasked with creating a concept for the house, uses for each space and detailed designs for several rooms.
From music schools to private residences, each design was unique and expressed the creativity of the individual student.
The class culminates with Critique Week when students make mock client presentations in front of a panel of experts. The project represents a large part of their grade for CTD 425. More importantly, each student receives thoughtful suggestions from experienced professionals that will help them to perfect designs for their portfolios.
Another example of experiential learning that prepares HES students for success after graduation.
Four interior design students from UA stole the show at the 2018 Daisy Bond Student Design Awards on Friday, Sept.7. Claire Gustafson, Sara Onks, Carly Roberts and Logan Glover won 12 of the coveted awards at the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Alabama chapter Impact Celebration in Birmingham.
The celebration was the culmination of a day-long conference that included a product exhibition, educational CEUs in which students participated, a keynote address by Jennifer Quail, Editor-in-Chief of i+D Magazine and a social media talk for students and emerging professionals. Students also had portfolio time to meet with professionals and receive feedback. ASID student chapter faculty advisor, John Peaslee, and instructor, Casey Faulkner, shared the conference experience with HES students.
Congratulations to our hard-working, talented students!
Check out their prize winning work in the Winners’ Gallery on the Alabama Chapter of ASID’s website.
After a summer study abroad trip, interior design students gathered at the start of the new semester to share what they learned and how well they dined while in Italy.
The group spent the morning in Doster’s Food Lab preparing Italian dishes and getting a lesson on how to make homemade tortellini from Dr. Mary Kay Meyer.
While sharing culinary creations with HES faculty and staff members, they described their experience learning about Italy’s contemporary and timeless interiors and world famous landmarks.
Eighteen students made the trip along with faculty members, Casey Faulkner and Michelle Rose. Base camp was the Santa Reparata International School of Art (SRISA) in Florence but the trip also included stops in Milan, Venice, Portovenere, San Gimignano, Pisa, Chianti and Rome.
Finding inspiration in a peacock feather pillow, 20 students from the College of Human Environmental Sciences transformed the blank walls of a bedroom and en suite bath into a soothing retreat in the 2018 Birmingham Decorators’ ShowHouse.
Members of Laurl Self’s interior design class CTD 426 were invited to showcase their talent in this year’s event. “The students have been so dedicated to the process. They began the weekend before classes started by attending the preview and measuring of the house. Then with a zero dollar budget, they worked hard acquiring the items for the space that maintained their design integrity. I am so proud of their hard work, their team work, and their design work,” says Self.
On March 28, UA student stylists moved furniture in, slipcovered a headboard, made the bed, hung drapes and art, and put the finishing touches on their assigned the space.
Two months of preparation took place before the final install. The class was divided into teams, each with different responsibilities. The "stylist" team was assigned installation work. Other teams made spreadsheets, the design board, handled logistics, resolved disputes and attended ShowHouse meetings.
The ShowHouse is an annual fundraiser hosted by the Symphony Volunteer Council to benefit the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. The event kicked on Saturday, April 28 and is open through Sunday, May 13. House hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The home is located on Cherokee Road with shuttle service to the house at 3405 Brookwood Road.
See the finished bedroom and bath completed by UA students in AL.com's article "Sneak peek inside the 2018 Decorators' ShowHouse."