Aloha Jeff Hines...Interior Designer, Introduction to Interior Design and Interior Design II Instructor
Jeff Hines found his way back to the Mainland and into the profession of Interior Design via Honolulu, Hawaii where he moved upon graduating with a Bachelors in Business/Marketing from University of San Diego. As a Consumer Lending Officer at First Hawaiian Bank, Jeff quickly learned that his earnings did not measure up to his lifestyle. Falling back on another talent he picked up during college, painting houses, he augmented his earnings while realizing that as a painter he was not only introduced to many Interior Designers but his clients were asking for advice about colors, furniture placement and other design elements. This exposure inspired Jeff's return to California to attend the UCLA Extension Interior and Environmental Design Program.
While at UCLA, Jeff interned at the firm he currently works for as they specialized in contract design the area of design he thought he might want to focus on. Upon graduation, he re-connected with his internship firm for contacts and job leads in San Diego and that call turned into a job offer he quickly accepted. Within the first two weeks of his employment Jeff was immersed in a 40,000 square foot tenant improvement and a 15,000 square foot tenant improvement. His responsibilities included planning, design, finish selection, construction documents and permitting both projects simultaneously. Jeff "was hooked and has enjoyed a great working relationship for the past 13 -14 years" with the same firm.
Jeff first became interested in teaching through working with Interns from Design Institute as well as from an introduction from fellow faculty member and past interior design program director, Jan Bast. He currently teaches Introduction to Interior Design and ID II. In the short time that Jeff has taught at DI, he become instantly appreciated by his first group of students who recently voted him to be their faculty commencement speaker at graduation, at least three years after they took a class with him. This was a true testament to Jeff's contribution to his student's educational foundations as well as to their future career paths.
What is most rewarding to you about teaching at DI?
The smile I see on the student's faces when they realize that they just created something great. The exposure to various design solutions to a single project/design problem.
How are design students inspiring to you?
Each student has an individual and specific reason for embarking on a design education and career. Understanding and learning about those reasons is fascinating and inspiring because some of the reasons are very personal and emotional and some of the reasons have never entered my mind as a career direction in design.
Any advice on how students can be successful here at DI and later on in the profession?
Of course. Don't procrastinate! Manage your time well! Make lists of things to do! Take lots of notes! Don't make excuses! Come to class prepared! Embrace research and independent thinking! Listen! Be Fearless! Embrace Freedom of thought and design! Exceed your own expectations! Keep sketching! Listen! Don't text in class! Utilize your instructor's time while in class! Take responsibility! Once in a design firm, you will be required to perform design tasks independently and sometimes due to busy schedules a complete download or introduction to the project from your mentor is not possible, yet the expectation for a design solution remains. Develop a process of design that works for you!
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