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Monday, April 25, 2016

UNT Interior Design MA for Sustainability Program Participated in Earth Day Texas 2016

UNT Interior Design program participated in Earth Day Texas 2016 at Fair Park Dallas from April 22nd to 24th. The program showcased Grad Track students’ sustainable design projects and activities through banners and videos.  

The Interior Design program offers the MA for Sustainability program which prepares students to not only study, but to define and re-invent solutions for the fundamental challenges that impact the interior design profession in an increasingly changing world. The MA for Sustainability is a Grad Track Degree Program at UNT. The Grad Track refers to an accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program designed to allow highly successful undergraduate students to use graduate courses taken as an undergraduate to apply towards both the graduate and undergraduate degrees.

The MA for Sustainability program offers holistic learning processes of interior design with an emphasis on sustainability. The program strives to nurture and advance interior designers’ professional design knowledge and skills in sustainable design. The program strengthens and supports the knowledge, skills, and techniques necessary in competent interior design practice while providing the profound exploration of sustainable design. This includes proficiencies that address sustainable project management practices, research methods, problem solving, critical thinking, graphic and written communication, ethics, and social responsibility.

The curricular objectives of the MA for Sustainability program are to improve our graduates’ abilities to:

• understand the concept and history of sustainability
• understand work ethics and social responsibility
• understand research foundation and methodologies
• critically review literature relevant to their project/research topics
• identify and develop their project/research agenda
• investigate self-elected questions by means of research
• specialize and expand their body of knowledge for sustainability
• manage sustainable design projects professionally
• demonstrate effective writing and presentation skills for knowledge exchange
• understand the global impact of sustainable design on individuals, groups and society
• work in a collaborative environment

The MA in Sustainability candidates are expected to develop sustainable projects and plan a course of investigation that leads to the discovery of new insights into sustainable built environments. This graduate level investigation includes both studio work and scholarly investigation using the research process.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Lindsey Torpey Featured on IIDA Newsletter

Lindsey Torpey, UNT Interior Design senior pressed her perspective of advocacy in regards to interior design licensure on the QUAD, which is IIDA Quarterly Student Newsletter. Lindsey serves as IIDA Student Representative to the Board and is pursuing the Master of Arts with Concentration of Interior Design for Sustainability.

Thursday, April 14, 2016


800 West Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

North Texas Region of USGBC Texas presents Case Studies & Cocktails at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). The tour will consists of:

• UTD’s newest residence hall complex, Residence Hall West / Dining Hall West / Rec Center West, has been certified LEED Silver. It was designed by HKS and built by Hill & Wilkinson. (HKS will be on hand during the tour!)
• Bioengineering and Science Building (BSB), UTD’s newest 220,000 sq ft research facility, was designed by ZGF and Page/, and built by Beck Group. This project has just submitted their LEED certification – they hope to have final notification prior to the event.
• Hard hat tour of a current construction project – Callier Richardson Expansion. This project has been designed by SmithGroupJJR and is being built by SpawGlass.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Portfolio Desk Critics

UNT Interior Design seniors had portfolio desk critics on April 13th in Pro Practice class. Three reviewers from Gensler below provided invaluable feedback for our students.

J.D. Busch (graphic designer)
Mikaela Couch (graphic designer)
Chloe Lewis (Interior Designer)

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Project Design Manager Position at studioSIX5

studioSIX5, an Austin-based, rapidly growing interior design firm specializing in senior living communities, is looking for a qualified Project Design Manager. Please see below ads for more detail. Send letter of interest, references, resume, and electronic portfolio to Elizabeth.

Elizabeth Humphrey, Office Manager/HR

Friday, April 1, 2016

Dealer Designer Position at Wilson Office Interiors

Wilson Office Interiors in Dallas is looking for a Dealer Designer. The Designer provides design services to dealership customers. Works closely with dealership, sales, order entry and installation groups, as well as customers, to ensure accurate plans and specifications. 3+ year experience and bachelor degree preferred.

Specific Responsibilities and Duties:

Design Process
•Attends client planning meetings; presents plans and information to customer for review and approvals.
•Review site; conducts field measurements and plan-to-site adherence checks.
•Inventories existing product; produces as-built drawing/specifications as required.
•Conducts in-depth programming; interviews customer/end users, researches workplace requirements, analyze space/furniture needs.
•Develops and presents block and space plans.
•Develops and presents color/finish boards and selections; gains customer approval as required.
•Prepares installation drawings for field personnel. Coordinate electrical locations.
•Develops product specifications; double-checks specifications against plans; gets specifications order-entry ready.
•Manage changes and revisions.

Departmental Practices
•Estimates design project time; maintains detailed daily timesheets; manages actual time against project estimates.
•Assists in the writing and presentation of design proposals and contracts to customers.
•Maintains project documentation, including records of all key decisions, phone conversations, approvals and sign-offs, and notes from all project planning meetings.
•Manages adherence to project schedule, internal dealership budget, customer’s project budges, design task completions and quality of design work. 

Anyone interested can contact Meagan or start your application here.

Megan Lapham, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, EDAC
Market Engagement Manager
972.488.4143 (office direct)
972.974.0227 (personal cell)

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Blending Art + Science Events on March 30 at UNT

Two events that focus on blending science, art, engineering and design will be held at UNT campus: The Art + Science Evening Rendezvous and the Texas Humanities Art Technology and Science Network Meeting.

Wednesday, 3/30/16 @ 10AM – 4:30 PM
xREZ Art + Science Lab, Hickory Hall Rm. 152

The TxHATS (Humanities, Art, Technology & Science http://texashats.org) is a network of networks geared toward providing opportunities for Texans working in interdisciplinary fields to collaborate and launch novel and innovative projects. The network is open to all interested individuals whether community, industry, professional, or academic. The TxHATS meeting will feature PechaKucha-style “pitches” from TxHATS attendees, technology demos, special-interest small working groups, and a panel/roundtable discussion on initiating and sustaining successful academic-industry-community partnerships at the intersection of art, science, humanities and technology.

The distinguished panel of experts for the roundtable includes Katherine Wagner, CEO of the Business Council for the Arts,  Jose M. Quintana, President & Chairman of the Board, and Joan Quintana, Managing Partner, AdventGX, Craig Orris Taylor, Senior Account Executive, Whitlock and Founding Partner Global Presence Alliance, and Thomas Derryberry, Assistant Dean, Corporate Relations, UNT College of Engineering. Their combined expertise spans arts organization management, government and corporate relations, economic development, tourism, entrepreneurship, video and collaboration systems, technology integration, and academic-corporate partnerships. They will share their experience and lead a lively conversation with attendees. Learn more about our panelists here: http://www.xrezlab.com/news-events/txhats-spring-2016/

Parking passes and a detailed agenda will be emailed to all registered attendees prior to the event. Please RSVP at: http://bit.ly/1MbsIDU

See RSVP link for detailed location and maps. TxHATS meeting and Roundtable are FREE + Open to the Public + Parking & Lunch provided.

Wednesday, 3/30/16 @ 5:30 PM
University Union, Ballroom 314C

An exciting art + science evening rendezvous featuring JD Talasek, Director of Cultural Programs at the National Academy of Sciences from Washington DC (http://bit.ly/1QQ6pWs). JD is an internationally recognized leader in the movement to bring together art, science, engineering and design. The evening will be a highly interactive and engaging forum exploring the collision of art and science! It also features exciting speakers from the DFW region: Janeil Engelstad, Founding Director of Make Art with Purpose, Ira Greenberg, Director of the Center for Creative Computation at SMU, and Marco Nardelli, computational physicist and composer from UNT. More information about our speakers: http://bit.ly/223YPlL

Parking passes and a detailed agenda will be emailed to all registered attendees prior to the event. Please RSVP at: http://bit.ly/1LXocZL

This event is free and open to the public.