Interior design professor presents at national conference

February 28th, 2013 Comments Off on Interior design professor presents at national conference

Interior design Professor William Riehm recently led a workshop at the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) national conference in Indianapolis, Ind.

Riehm and T.L. Ritchie from Louisiana State University discussed upcoming changes for the National Council of Interior Design Qualifiers (NCIDQ) examination.

Riehm also presented on his trip last summer to The Gambia in Africa, “Making West Africa through Furniture –  A Case Study of Senegambian Furniture Makers.” He was honored for being one of the top five out of 44 accepted design research submissions.

Check out the recent newsletter page that featured Riehm’s trip.

CAAD holds Academic Insight event

February 25th, 2013 Comments Off on CAAD holds Academic Insight event

On Saturday, Feb. 23, the College of Architecture, Art and Design held Academic Insight, an event for admitted MSU students and their guests.

The event was meant to help students get a better understanding of the programs within the college and was a chance for students to meet other incoming students, current students and professors.

After a department fair, students and their guests had a chance to mingle with current students and faculty over lunch before Dean Jim West presented an overview of the college.

The group then split up into the four college units – architecture, art, interior design and building construction science – and went to those facilities for a “breakout session.”

During the sessions, parents had a chance to meet with the program directors and faculty while students worked on an activity meant to give them a glimpse into their program.

Students interested in the Interior Design Program were taught how to do a basic rendering project, had a chance to tour the facilities in Etheredge Hall and talk to current interior design students.

MSU ASID takes home twelve wins at Career Day

February 7th, 2013 Comments Off on MSU ASID takes home twelve wins at Career Day

MSU ASID at Career Day | Feb. 2, 2013 (Photo by Professor William Riehm)

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) South Central Conference Career Day was held Saturday, Feb. 2 at Mississippi College in Clinton. ASID chapters from Mississippi State, Mississippi College, the University of Southern Mississippi, Harding University and Louisiana State University were present.

The groups participated in a student competition, heard discussion panels with practicing designers from the region and listened to lectures on How not to become your job, the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ,) Professional Dress, Branding Yourself and Portfolio Graphics.

The student competition had around 150 projects entered with a wide variety of categories, and MSU students had 12 wins ranging from honorable mention to first place.

 2013 ASID Student Career Day Competition Winners:
Beginning Studio
Caroline Riley, 1st Place Individual Category

No submissions

Computer Generated Rendering
Katherine Ross, 2nd Place

Hand Rendering
Sunny Clements, Honorable Mention
Molley Mullet, 2nd Place

Mary Clair Cardin, 2nd Place Individual Category
Corley Ingram, 1st Place Group Category

Mackenzie Neel, 1st Place Group Category

Residential: Mackenzie Petit, Honorable Mention
Annabell Wilson, 2nd Place

Corley Ingram, Honorable Mention
Corley Ingram, 2nd Place


Ashley Wooten, 1st Place

Interior Design professor teaches stepping stone course for LEED certification

February 4th, 2013 Comments Off on Interior Design professor teaches stepping stone course for LEED certification

Professor Amy Crumpton is getting her students used to working together and has divided the class into groups with both architecture and interior design students. On. Jan. 29, Emily Houston (interior design, right) and Zachary Carnegie (architecture, left) presented on the need for integrated practice in creating successful LEED projects.

Interior design professor Amy Crumpton, LEED AP, ID +C, believes that – especially in today’s economy – it’s important for students and other professionals to set themselves apart from their peers.

One way for design and architecture students and professionals to get an edge is to get their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Green Associate certification.

“Green design is not just being demanded by employers but is expected,” said Crumpton. “Getting certified shows a future employer you are committed to it. You are willing to pay for it with your own money and time before you even get there.”

The first step toward becoming LEED certified is to pass the Green Associate Test; however, in order to sit for the test, one must have completed a class in green design or worked on a LEED project.

Therefore, the Interior Design Program decided to start offering a course open to students and professionals that, when completed, would allow them to sit for the certification exam.

ID 4611: Principles of LEED, taught by Crumpton each spring, meets from 4-4:50 on Tuesday. In the past, several members from the design community have taken the class. This semester, there are 28 students – half out of the School of Architecture and half out of the Interior Design Program. All plan to sit for the exam.

“That’s 28 more LEED professionals in Mississippi than we had six months ago,” said Crumpton, who said the major focus of LEED is integrated practice.

“You can’t maximize green design one person at a time – it has to be the system,” she said. “All design professionals have to work together.”

For more information or to sign up for the class, contact Amy Crumpton at

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