Monday, February 8, 2016

Portfolio Night 2016

On February 4th the Interior Design Society hosted a portfolio night. Students got to watch a number of designers present their favorite projects then talk with them later in the night about their design experience. A big thank you to everyone who took the time to come out and share their portfolios! 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Final Critiques and Exam Week!

The end of the semester is always such a busy time!!  Part of the Interior Design programs studio educational experience is a final critique. The ID program at Mount Ida College has an open door policy and encourages all who are interested to attend.
This is a wonderful opportunity for students to see each others work and for faculty, staff and friends to observe and participate during the final critiques.  
The final critique is a large part of the students’ grade. We do have critics joining from the profession although anyone in the group can speak at any time.  This is a process that students are prepared to learn from each other, visiting critics  and celebrate their accomplishments to date.

Faculty: Professor  Stephanie McGoldrick ID451: Portfolio Design- Presentations taking place at CBTArchitects on Monday, December 14th at noon.  Monica Mattingly, Melanie Pellegrini
and 2 other CBT designers will be serving as critics.
·         Sophomore Studio: ID 201 - Interior Design Studio III: Environmental Design 
Faculty: Professor  Stephanie McGoldrick
 Presentation Format- Poster presentations of sophomore office design + sustainability project

Tuesday, December 15th at 6:20pm, Campus Center Theater
Guest Critics-
Christina Gedick- Fusion DesignConsultants

Junior  Studio:ID301: Studio V- Hospitality Design Project Presentations (Include a universally designed hotel and sustainably designed restaurant)
Faculty: Professor  Stephanie McGoldrick
Date/Time- Wednesday, December 16th at 6:20pm, Oak Hill Conference Room

Guest Critics-
Larry Donnell-Kilmer, Elkus Manfredi Architects
Jackie Hiersteiner, Elkus Manfredi Architects 
Kristen Emory, Parker-Torres Design, Inc. 
Marina Shektman, Design Studio M

Freshman Studio:  ID 101 sec A & B  Interior Design Studio I: An Introduction to Interior Design  Faculty: Professor Rose Botti-Salitsky & Professor Monica Johnson
Graduate Teaching Assistant: Nicolette Gordon
 Date/Time-Thursday, December 17th, 6:00pm-9:00pm
    Location- SD007
    Presentation Format- Section A & B will be presenting together.  
    Final board presentation of SK-6 The Hotel Suite
Guest Critics-
Jill JanasiewiczSenior Interior DesignerEric M. Haydel Design, Inc.
Grazyna Fadrowska- Interior Designer
Ani Moushigian- Interior Architect SMMA
Angela Laugelle- Interior Designer Group One Partners, Inc.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Interior Design Society and USGBC Holiday Party!

On December 2nd our Interior Design Society and USGBC student groups had our yearly holiday party! During the party students from campus came and made gingerbread houses as well as lip balm, enjoyed cookies, hot chocolate, and holiday music! 

The winner of the Ugly Sweater Contest is Gianna Colantuoni! 

The first place winners of the gingerbread house contest are Taylor Porter, Grace Herron, and Ashley Crosby

The second place winners of the gingerbread house contest are Becca Otis and Aury Rivas

Hope to see everyone next year for another great party! 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

ABX 2015

On Thursday, November 19, part of the freshman class and two sophomores took a trip into Boston to attend ABX. ABX is an annual trade show where companies from every corner of the industry come to promote their products and educate attendees about new, cutting-edge technologies.  
Professor Rose Botti-Salitsky, Ashley Crosby, Casey Whitney, Brenna Edward, Mikayla Dobson, Grace Herron
Once we arrived at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, we split off and started exploring all the different stations and companies that were there..... after taking a group picture of course. 
Jessica Shaughnessy, Joe Arcuri, Mikayla Dobson, Samantha Plant, Ercilia Peres, Brenna Edward, Grace Herron, Casey Whitney, Ashley Crosby, Christie Poole
There were so many companies and products to learn about, we couldn't wait to get started. Making our way down the aisles, we made sure to stop at as many companies as we could, to say hello and introduce ourselves. By doing so, we ended up learning about several interesting products that we may not have learned about otherwise! 
Joe Arcuri with Mark Black (SkyDeck)
One of the first products that we came across was an entertainment rigging system, called SkyDeck. We learned about the benefits of this product compared to other systems, saw pictures of institutions where it was installed and we got to try the product out (we were able to walk on it and feel the support it provides)! Thank you to their representative, Mark Black, for taking the time to talk to us and explain this very cool product! 

The next product that we learned about was an engineered wood siding, KWP. This is a product made through sustainable practices as well as innovative practices. In fact, Professor Rose mentioned that she used this siding on our her own house!

As we made our way around the expo, we saw an abundance of products and materials that interested us. We spoke in depth with a few more company representatives to gain a better knowledge and understanding of their product. By talking to these representatives and just walking around and viewing materials and products, we all came up with new ideas for projects we're working on, or found a product we liked a lot and now want to incorporate into our design! It was an amazing learning experience. 

Ashley and Grace are currently working on an office design in their Studio III class, and they came across a company called New England Sound Proofing. They spoke with Joseph Drago, who explained the product to them, and they both decided they wanted to use them in their design right away. It's great how that works! You see a product that looks interesting, learn and educate yourself about it, and then use it. It was great to speak with Joseph and learn the importance of his company's product, as well as see the product. 

Below are plenty more pictures taken throughout the day. As you can see, we had a fantastic time at ABX gaining some knowledge and meeting new people.

Ashley Crosby, Joe Arcuri, Jessica Shaughnessy, Prof. Rose Botti-Salitsky with Blake Rothstein, learning about Bluebeam Software

Joe Arcuri, Ashley Crosby, with Brendan Mercier from Dekton learning about their products. 
This is nail polish that got painted onto a tile from Dekton... then set on fire... and was just wiped away. Tile was fine... Awesome!

From study sessions on the ride in (oh Art History- everyone's favorite class, right?), to navigating our way around Boston (if you know Rose at all, you know her driving this van in Boston was a trip!) we had a wonderful day learning more about our major and getting to bond with each other outside of the classroom! Until next year, ABX!


On Friday November 13th Mount Ida Interior Design students volunteered at ReStore. ReStore is a store that sells donated items and all the proceeds go towards Habitat for Humanity. Throughout the day students helped with different activities, like stocking the shells and pricing objects! 

Thank you to Lanna Cohen for arranging this awesome trip for our USGBC group! 

GREENBUILD 2015 - Last Day

Friday, November 20th was our last day in Washington D.C. and at Greenbuild. After our last volunteering session we went out to lunch at Busboys and Poets and then went to explore the city! Our first stop at the National Mall was the National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of American History.  

From there we walked over to the Washington Monument and snapped a group picture before going to the World War II Memorial

By the time we arrived back at the airport we were all very tired, but everything about this trip was worth it, from Greenbuild itself, to the people we met, and the memories we gained.

Of course this trip would not have happened if it was not for our professor Stephanie McGoldrick and two juniors, Melissa Pastore and Leah Truesdell for starting an USBGC group here at Mount Ida College, so a big thank you goes out to the three of you!  

GREENBUILD 2015 - Second Day

On Thursday November 19th the nine of us volunteered at Greenbuild by standing at recycling centers and teaching some attendees about recyclable products, along with other various activities! We've been gaining information that will help with our sustainable designs within our studio classes throughout educational sessions.

That night we attended the the Greenbuild celebration  at the Newseum where we had a fun night of dancing to the band Fitz & the Tantrums. We especially enjoyed the all glass elevators that brought us up to the roof deck where we could see the Capitol Building and the National Gallery of Art.