Design Matters – Senior Thesis Event – April 14, 2015


Promotional Poster: Design Matters Poster

This year the Interior Architecture Program is hosting a design event in conjunction with the Senior Thesis Exhibition on April 14th, 2015.  The graduating class of 2015 has chosen the theme: Design Matters, as the concept for their group exhibition. The graduating class defines this them in the following words:

Interior Architecture is an interactive process between the environment, human ideas, society, culture, aesthetics, and functionality. Design seems simple but that is what makes it so complicated. It draws from disciplines of the past as it anticipates needs of the future. It is a combination of creativity and strategy which reflects the possible changes in the social and cultural aspects of our society. Design is often invisible because it is a seamless application of art and science, flawless in the way it functions. It contemporizes the way we live, offering timeless, unique spaces and memorable experiences. Design is integrated into every man-made object and environment. It silently aids in the performance of its user without demanding any gratitude in return. Design is desirable, laudable, and reliable. As aspiring practitioners of Interior Architecture we commit to this ongoing, life-enriching, disciple of design. DESIGN MATTERS.

All of the senior projects are looking away from traditional typologies and looking toward design as form of social agency.  The graduating class, and their range of projects includes:

Jayde Boyd: Good Food Center + Culinary Arts Education
Alexandra Brewer: Cancer treatment center
Sarah Vest: Activities center
Angela Steen: Hostel
Grace Duckworth: Dog Center: Service & Therapy Training
Angela Starosta: Animal Shelter
Marta Lockwood: Performing Arts High School
Koel Smith: Orphanage Center
Caitlyn Rudolph: Yuga & Spa Center
Justin Keller: Art and education Gallery
Jordan Hibner: bike Hub
Abigail Collins: Sober Living Home + Animal Shelter Center
Katie Eastman: Interactive Digital Art Gallery and Gaming Center
Austin Boraten: 21 century Work center
Teylor Emch: Juice Bar, Retail, Repurposing Center

In light of these question of how design has a significant impact in shaping the built environment of the 21st Century, architects and designers from the region have been invited to host a presentation and discussion panel in Mitchell Auditorium before the opening of the thesis exhibition.  The panel consists of the following visiting architects and designers:

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Timothy C. Hawk, FAIA, IIDA
WSA Studio, Columbus Ohio

Mr. Hawk is President of Columbus based WSA Studio and holds expertise in the design of interior environments which foster innovation. He has prepared space programs, designs, and documents for corporate and educational clients and is a strong collaborator noted for value orientation, communication skills and context driven design.

Hawk holds a Master of Architecture from Ohio State University. He joined WSA Studio in 1993, became a principal in 1998 and assumed the firm’s leadership position in 2004. Hawk has served as the national chair of the AIA Interior Architecture Committee and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Hawk has presented nationally on topics of interest to designers throughout his career.

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Esra Geither
Construction Designer, Crimson Design Group, Columbus Ohio

Educated in Interior Architecture from Ohio University, Esra has practiced interior design in both the commercial and residential market. Her background working at architectural firms has allowed her to become a well rounded designer, understanding space, form and proportions. With this foundation, Esra has continued to purse her passions for design at Crimson Design Group where she has assisted in high end residential interiors to cutting edge hospitality projects. Inspired by simplistic interiors, Esra seeks to design with a balance. She enjoys giving clients creative options and dreams to design a boutique hotel on high street.

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Tamra Fuscaldo, IIDA, EDAC, LEED AP ID+C
VP of Design and Operations, Mosaic Design Studio

Tamra Fuscaldo is the VP of Design and Operations at Mosaic Design Studio, an interior designer with 20 years of experience focusing on healthcare and higher education projects. Prior to joining Mosaic, Tamra was a partner at Ioso Design specializing in healthcare furniture planning. She was also senior designer at the internationally known architecture firm NBBJ working with clients throughout the United States and internationally such as Nationwide Children’s Hospital, The Ohio State University, The Cleveland Clinic and The Moscow Medical Center. A few of her award winning projects include Miami University, Bay Park Hospital and Great River Medical Center.


Viviane Herbert
Interior Designer, ascIIDA, EDAC
BDT Architects & Interior Designers

Viviane joined BDT | Architects & Interior Designers (formerly Panich + Noel) in Athens, OH in 2008. Having graduated from Ohio University in 1997, she began her career as a healthcare designer in Cleveland before moving back to Athens in 2000. She worked as a gallery manager and local arts promoter in the Appalachian region before joining BDT | AID and returning to her healthcare and commercial design roots.

Please join the Interior Architecture for this event!

5:00PM – Mitchell Auditorium – Panel Presentation/Discussion

6:00PM – Seigfred Gallery – Thesis Exhibition Opening

We look forward to seeing you there!

This event is made possible by generous contributions and support from IIDA and King Business Interiors.

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