Interior design seniors showcase their skills
From April 26 to 29, the work of 15 interior design seniors will be exhibited in the Memorial Union Prairie Rose room. The show, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, is an opportunity for students to display what they have learned, gain experience presenting in front of a large audience and network with the design community.
It also provides an opportunity for the department to spread the word about interior design. “The showcase gives us a great platform to educate the population on what interior design really involves, which includes the quality of life, optimizing human potential, space planning and making the interior of any building, whether commercial or residential, work the best that it can for the users of the space,” said Roxanna Tetzlaff, a lecturer in the apparel, design and hospitality management department.
The show will feature a variety of interiors from an airport terminal to high-end lofts to a substance abuse recovery center. Students selected spaces that would allow them to explore new ideas, test accepted norms and gain a greater understanding of interior design.
Students have worked on the projects for two semesters. During the fall semester they analyzed reality-based, end-user requirements, such as codes, regulations, standards, material specifications, sustainable interior applications and design solutions. Additionally, students completed in-depth review of evidence-based research to support the project focus. During the spring semester they used their research to create their designs.
The interior design solutions are communicated by a full set of construction documents, presentation boards with rendered floor plans and three-dimensional drawings; a programming binder including research, preliminary design processes, schedules of specified finishes, furniture and lighting; and models support the completed project.
The students present their projects on April 27 and 29 in the Memorial Union Century Theater, adding another valuable dimension for the students.
“It gives them a great opportunity for the closest they can get to a real world professional presentation … For a lot of the students, one of the biggest hurdles they have to overcome is just the fear of being in front of people and learning how to market themselves well and to sell the projects that they’ve worked on,” Tetzlaff said.
Tetzlaff said it is rewarding to see the students’ confidence grow throughout the program. “By the time they make the final presentation at the end of their senior year, you see vast improvements,” she said.
Tetzlaff says the exhibit attracts many family members, friends and area professionals. But everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the students’ designs.