Sunday, May 29, 2016

Congratulations MaryKate Reidy!

Congratulations to sophomore (now junior!) MaryKate Reidy!
This past Thursday, May 26, MaryKate received a scholarship award for her winning luminaire design from IESNE. The sophomore lighting class entered this competition in early March, designing luminaires concentrating on shadows. MaryKate received 2nd place! 
Here is her luminaire design, followed by photos from the event.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Newton Serves

On Sunday, May 1st Interior Architecture and Design students attended Newton Serves and we helped to clean up around the Blue Herron Bridge at the Charles River Walkway. During the day students pulled invasive species, like Garlic Mustard, a plant native to Europe. 

A big thank you to Eric Olson, a biologist form Brandesis who worked along side our group and guided us throughout the day! 

Jess, Grace, Stacey, Professor McGoldrick, Melissa, and Casey 

Jess and Casey

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Festival Of Lights 2016

On Friday, April 22, 2016 the Lighting Design class hosted their 2nd annual Festival Of Lights!

The day started off at 10AM, when the students were paired up with their lighting professionals from companies all over New England! After splitting into teams, the theme of this year's display was announced and the teams got moving on their designs. Since the event was held on Earth Day, Professor Stephanie McGoldrick found it appropriate to have the theme be Earth Day! Being such a broad topic, this allowed for each team to really branch out and create spectacular displays.


Grace Herron, Ashley Crosby, Cassidy Dickeson & Jay Cormier and Ryan Thomson from NELight 
MaryKate Reidy, Megan Jewell, Bochra Rajkhan & Carlos Alonso-Niemeyer of Reflex Lighting and Bryan Lussier of Lumenpulse
Shannon Bryne, Lanna Cohen, Stacey Marino & Anthony Guerriero and Ted Farnham of Boston Light Source.
Kathryn Richtarcsik, Ercilia Peres & Erik Lekstrom, Svetlana Bekker and Dennis Tetreault of Apex Lighting.

Each team had an hour to plan once they found out the theme. After planning, lunch was served and each team was given a budget of $50 to spend on anything needed to complete their display. 1:30-5:30 was set-up time for the displays, and our teams were hard at work. Each team worked tirelessly to create an amazing lighting display to reflect their chosen theme. Below are a few pictures of our teams in action!

Megan, Bochra and MaryKate cutting out super secret props for their display!
Ryan from NElight hanging some vines.. what's the theme?
Lanna and Anthony laying down a blue tarp for their display.
MaryKate posing with her duct tape snake.. hm?
Paula (SOD Administrative Coordinator) bringing a mannequin to a group. What for?!
Ercilia and Kathryn taking a break from the rain
Megan and MaryKate setting up
Cassidy taping a up a tree
Once set up was completed, we rejoined for a group dinner and started discussing final touches. Right around 6:30, groups started were finishing their displays and getting ready for viewing and voting to start! At this point we had our Fashion Design students join us. A group of students designed clothing that incorporated lighting, which they modeled around campus as students and faculty viewed our lighting displays. Voting began at 7:30 and was open until 9:00, and we had a great turn out this year, despite the rain! 

"Welcome to the Jungle"

"Stairway to Haven"



"The River of Life"

We would like to thank everyone that participated in the event! Thank you to our wonderful leadership staff that supported and coordinated the event- 
Stephanie McGoldrick (IA+D Professor) 
Rose Botti-Salitsky (IA+D Department Chair)
Jason Donati (Dean of the School of Design)
Our lighting professionals who helped make this event a success, and donated amazing products for the students to use! 
And all others who helped with this event!
Aleta Deyo and Kelsey Thornton from Fashion Design
Casey Whitney, Lauren LoPresti, Stacey Marino- Work Study students 
Media Services
Facilities Staff

We hope to see you all again next year for another successful and exciting Festival of Lights!

Written by Grace Herron
Photos provided by Stephanie McGoldrick and Grace Herron

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Plant Something Succulent

On April 21st our USGBC group hosted a Plant Something Succulent event in which all students from campus could pick out and plant a succulent if they brought a recyclable. More than 60 students attended tonight's event! 

Thank you to everyone who came out!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Letters to our Troops

Our Interior Design Society and other Interior Architecture and Design students volunteered their time to sit in the lobbies of  Malloy, New Hall, and Wingate on Tuesday, April 19th to collect letters from students who were passing by. As of right now we've collected over 75 letters, but the number continues to rise as the week goes on! 

Thank you to everyone who wrote a letter and to our volunteers of the evening:
Casey Whitney
Lanna Cohen
Grace Herron
Brenna Edward
Jess Shaughessy
Joe Arcuri
Nicole Handzel
Melissa Pastore
Makayla MacSaveny
Stacey Marino

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Design Showdown

On Friday, April 1st Interior Architecture & Design students attended Design New England's, 2nd annual Design Showdown at the Boston Design Center Design Showdown is a competition that schools from the New England area entered. For this years competition, the students were challenged to design both a retail and residential space on Newbury Street in Boston that was socially responsible while also being innovative, functional and inclusive. the two spaces were to be innovative and functional. Three Mount Ida Students got their work accepted into the final round; Junior-Nicole Handzel, 4+1 Master Learner-Nicolette Gordon, and Master Learner-Augusta Hahnel. The evening consisted of the eight finalists live presentations, followed by an after party where the winners were announced. 

Road to Design Showdown

Lauren LoPresti, Casey Whitney, Stacey Marino, Joe Arcuri, Jessica Shaughnessy, Taylor Porter, Melissa Pastore, McKenzie Meserve, Makayla MacSaveny, and Rose Botti-Salitsky (Interior Design Department Chair)  


Stacey Marino, Melissa Pastore, Taylor Porter, Casey Whitney, McKenzie Meserve, Jessica Shaughnessy, Joe Arcuri
Nicole, Nicolette, and Augusta
Molly Campbell (Publisher of Design New England Magazine), Nicole Handzel, Nicolette Gordon, Augusta Hahnel, and Steven Favreau of  Favreau Design

Awards and After Party

Nicolette Gordon and her mother

About to announce the winners!
Grazyna Fadrowska, Stephanie McGoldrick, Nicole Handzel and Rose Botti-Salitsky
Nicole's parents with her poster "Trained in the USA"
Melissa and Stephanie
Stacey and Stephanie
Jessica Shaughnessy, Jill Janasiewicz (Professor at Mount Ida and ASID Mentor), and Joe Arcuri
Stephanie McGoldrick (Interior Design Professor) and Nicole
Corey Eugster and Nicole Handzel
Rose Botti-Salitsky, Grazyna Fadrowska, and Stephanie McGoldrick

McKenzie Meserve, Casey Whitney, Rose Botti-Salitsky, Stephanie McGoldrick, Melissa Pastore, Nicolette Gordon, Aprilyn Arca, Taylor Porter, Nicole Handzel, Stacey Marino, Augusta Hahnel, Makayla MacSaveny, Jessica Shaughnessy, Jill Janasiewicz, Lauren LoPresti, Joe Arcuri

Nicolette Gordon Second Place winner!!

Nicolette with her mother and Professor Stephanie McGoldrick

Congratulations to Augusta, Nicole, and Nicolette! We are all so proud of your amazing accomplishments.

Blog Post by Stacey Marino & Grace Herron