Ask Design Institute of San Diego beloved instructor Lily Robinson if she believes that people ever stop learning, and we’ll bet her answer is an enthusiastic “No.” Lily recently received her Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning from the University of California, San Diego. When she began teaching at DISD in 2004, she already had a Master of Architecture (MArch) from Parsons School of Design, and a Bachelor of Science in Design and Environmental Analysis with an emphasis in Interior Design from Cornell University, under her belt. “I had always known that I wanted to teach at the college level,” she explains. “Many colleges require a Master’s degree in order to teach so I wanted to have credentials which enabled me to teach at the widest variety of venues.”
Design Institute of San Diego's annual summer contest #DISDStepsOut is back! Summertime is the best time of the year for travel and sightseeing. As designers or just lovers of great design, we want to see the wonderful architectural landmarks, fabulous interiors and interesting art pieces you encounter during your summer adventures. Here’s what you’ll need to know:
San Diego’s local ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Chapter recently held a gala celebrating its Design Impact Awards competition, which highlights the importance of interior design and acknowledges the professional accomplishments of its members. The bi-annual celebration took place on April 30th at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park.
The first semester of 2016 is underway at Design Institute of San Diego and a new group of stand-out interior design students have been recognized with the Building the Legacy and Academic Achievement Scholarships as well as the Director’s Grant.Continuing student Rachael Woloszyn is awarded the Director's Grant this semester
Continuing students Rachael Woloszyn and Jenna Pena were both awarded the Director’s Grant. Each semester, the DISD awards up to two Director's Grants of $1,500 for a full-time student or $1,000 for a part-time or evening student. Grants are then automatically renewed so long as the recipient remains enrolled in the required number of units and maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
By: Denise Homme
Design is an incredibly dynamic and powerful tool … especially when we realize it can empower or disable people in regard to how they experience and interact with interior environments. But is it really possible to design interior spaces that are as visually appealing and as comfortable for a disabled user as they are for an elderly person, or for a child? Using design to create universal design concepts that are not only attractive but that consider the needs of all end users is certainly a provocative point of view that poses some very interesting challenges.An interior shot of the Green Mountain Ranch home
San Diego has made a name for itself amongst craft beer enthusiasts. A growing number of brewing companies have popped up in the local dining scene, touting each of their unique brews as menu highlights. And just like other restaurant projects, these brewing companies are seeking the help of successful interior designers to help them realize their culinary visions.DISD Graduate, Megan Pucak, Class of 2008
Design Institute of San Diego graduate Megan Pucak is one of those designers. She graduated in 2008 and has now established her own firm, Megan Pucak Interior Design, handling both residential and commercial projects. “I like the balance of the two because residential design is so intimate and personal for the client and commercial is less so,” she explains. “For me, it works out to mix the two so I don’t get burned out on one or the other.”
Following on the heels of fellow Design Institute of San Diego student Tamar Kestenbaum, Nataly Ozuna was recently sworn in as the new Student Representative to the Board of the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), San Diego Chapter for the 2015-2016 year. The chapter’s current President Anne Kellett (also DISD’s former Career Development and Internship Advisor) swore Nataly in on June 2nd.Nataly being sworn in by ASID San Diego Chapter President Anne Kellett
Summertime is the best time of the year for travel and sightseeing. As designers or just lovers of great design, we want to see the wonderful architectural landmarks, fabulous interiors and interesting art pieces you encounter during your summer adventures. Or maybe, as creative design students, you're making art and getting crafty during the summer and want to share your masterpieces. So we’ve started an Instagram contest that will run between now and August 28, 2015. Here’s what you’ll need to know:
Congratulations are in order for Design Institute of San Diego graduate Ann "Marie" Wikoff of Wikoff Design Studio in Reno, NV. She recently passed the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers (AAHID) Exam and has earned the AAHID Certificate. She is only the second Registered Interior Designer (RID) in Nevada to obtain this credential.Marie Wikoff of Wikoff Design Studio
Marie graduated from DISD and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design degree, in 1998. A job opportunity in 2003 with HMC Architects brought her to the Reno area. When the housing market crashed in 2009, she decided to take the bull by the horns and opened her own design firm. “It was an opportunity to reinvent myself,” she says. Starting with a small budget, which she used to build a website and acquire professional photos of her work, her firm has now completed over one hundred medical-related interior design projects.
How would you redesign a Police Officers Association facility? The students in our Spring ID V class were tasked by their instructor Lily Robinson with coming up with a redesign of an existing building for their real-life clients at the Chula Vista Police Officers Association. The end results were so impressive, local news station KUSI TV invited a couple of our students, plus Lily and Valley Coleman of the CVPOA on set to share their projects. See the full clip below.