Posted on March 30, 2016
The IARc program offers a BFA in Interior Architecture, which can be used for a variety of careers from product design, branding, to commercial design, which is its main focus. IARc offers different avenues to nurture the interests of its students by offering various opportunities like symposiums, charrettes, national and international competitions, and the chance to participate in design organizations. While many of these options are offered once or twice yearly, opportunities like IIDA (International Interior Design Association) are year round happenings! The student chapter of IIDA gives opportunities for students to network and gain mentoring and insight primarily within the commercial design field. IARc now is developing an ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) student group. Professors Stoel Burrowes and Amanda Gale are helping students form an ASID chapter because of the organization’s focus on residential design. A second student design association will create more opportunities for professional development and networking. Burrowes was initially inspired by the Otto Zenke competition being coordinated by ASID, which his third year IARc students are participating in. Yetzel Hernandez, a third year student and vice president of IARc IIDA student chapter, sees the formation of the new student chapter as a great opportunity for IIDA and ASID to collaborate!