Chair, Interior Design, Graphic Design and Illustration, Professor Interior Design
When it comes to my creative methods, I follow the lead of the architecture and try to understand and analyze the building that the interior is going to go into. My teaching at Moore informs my practice and sharpens my skills as a designer. In turn, my professional practice expands the knowledge and experience I bring to the classroom. Moore students are serious about their careers and are risk-takers who know what they want to do professionally, so I need to be on my toes!
So much of interior design is about being conscious of resources and addressing the market. Clients these days are demanding more sustainable design. I recently earned my LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. The certification was important to me both from a personal concern for energy and resource depletion and also because, as a designer my first priority is to deliver what the client wants and needs. This is one of the factors that make design different from the fine arts. Designers are designing for clients not for themselves, a concept I try to remind my students of whenever possible.