Interior Design student wins Street Thread Competition

July 26th, 2013 Comments Off on Interior Design student wins Street Thread Competition

Mohawk Group posted one of Lura Corban's photos on Pinterest with the caption, "We think we know what this is. #ChicagoBean during #NeoCon13 shot by @lacorban for #StreetThread."

Mohawk Group posted one of Lura Corban’s photos on Pinterest with the caption, “We think we know what this is. #ChicagoBean during #NeoCon13 shot by @lacorban for #StreetThread.”

Another photo Mohawk Group posted on their Pinterest site: "This was at the #Mart during #NeoCon13 shot by @lacorban for #StreetThread"

Another photo Mohawk Group posted on their Pinterest site: “This was at the #Mart during #NeoCon13 shot by @lacorban for #StreetThread”

Lura Corban, a rising junior in the Interior Design Program, recently won a competition held at NeoCON 2013 in Chicago.

Corban was one of ten students who attended the annual trade show, NeoCON, in June with Professors Amy Crumpton and Lyndsey Miller. The students, ranging from freshmen to seniors, made their own travel arrangements but toured the Merchandise Mart and the various showrooms and booths with the professors.

During the trade show, Mohawk Group asked visitors to share street art photos that inspired them on Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter with the tag “#StreetThread” for a chance to win a custom pair of Denim jeans, original art by renowned street artist Queen Andrea or a classic Tulip chair by Eero Saarinen.

Corban and the other Mississippi State students submitted numerous photos, and Corban was selected as a winner for her Instagram submission.

See some of the other entries!

Mississippi Business Journal features Interior Design

July 12th, 2013 Comments Off on Mississippi Business Journal features Interior Design

TaborRes is a rendering of a space designed by students using the interior of the Borden Milk Plant in Starkville.

TaborRes is a rendering of a space designed by students using the interior of the Borden Milk Plant in Starkville.

Colleges prep for interior design job surge

By Lynn Lofton
Mississippi Business Journal

It’s all about space planning at the state’s interior design schools where students learn ways to make interior spaces more livable and workable. There are four-year accredited programs such as Mississippi College, Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi where students earn bachelor degrees in interior design. There are also university parallel programs at Northeast Community College and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College where students begin their academic journey before transferring to universities.

At Mississippi State University, the Interior Design Program is in the College of Architecture, Art and Design. It was established in 1969 and accredited in 1993 by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. Chairman of the program and full professor Beth Miller says the job outlook for interior design graduates is good. “Anything that is specialized is better in this economy,” she said. “The U. S. Department of Labor is predicting 19 to 27 percent growth between 2010 and 2020. A lot of companies and organizations are taking existing spaces and re-doing them.”

Miller, who is also serving as interim associate dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, says the MSU program stresses studio-based learning. “That’s the way interior design, architecture and art are taught. Students must be able to do it. Interior design students do some real client projects.”

The MSU students offer suggestions to clients which give the student designers opportunities to work with clients on real spaces. The students recently re-worked the office of MSU’s College of Business dean where they moved walls and chose finishes.

“There are also lecture classes that deal with the American Disabilities Act, which students must know now that it’s a part of the International Building Code,” Miller said.

Other classroom courses include the history of interior design to learn different furniture styles and cultures, textiles class, computer classes for skills in drafting and 3D modeling, building infrastructure modeling and auto computer-assisted drafting.

“We’re one of the first schools to start teaching with the auto CAAD, and it’s really cool,” Miller said. “It shows clients way before construction what a structure will look like. It has changed the industry tremendously and has increased student’s ability to get jobs.”

Graduates of the program are working in diverse environments. Currently several are serving internships in hospitality, retail and health care in Atlanta, Dallas and Nashville. Miller points out that internships lead to permanent jobs 90 percent of the time. Several graduates are working in high-end residential firms and large hotel chains while others are working for Mississippi furniture companies, which is again moving forward.

“The industry is moving to an interdisciplinary style with all participants working on projects together,” she added. “All architects, designers and landscape architects work on projects together and each can see what the others are doing.”

At Mississippi College in Clinton, interior design students are art majors who can choose interior design as a focus program earning a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Classes include basic design, interior environments, drawing, graphical programs, the history of architecture and interiors, color and lighting, building construction, computer generated drafting and business principles.

The program is also in the Department of Art at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. The program provides a diverse, challenging and multidisciplinary perspective that encourages creative, professional and environmentally responsible design solutions for residential, commercial and institutional facilities, according to university spokesman David Tisdale.

“Students will attain the depth and breadth of professional design knowledge required to participate in entry level positions in a variety of interior design related professions,” he added. “They will have a foundation in the fundamentals of art and design, theories of design, green design and human behavior.”

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Interior Design students work at summer internships

July 9th, 2013 Comments Off on Interior Design students work at summer internships

Before their degree is awarded, seniors in the Interior Design Program must complete an internship that relates to interior design.

The following is a list of where our seniors are currently interning.

Faith Blocker
Williams Blackstock Architects
Birmingham, Alabama

Keeton Craig
Gensler
Dallas, Texas

Laura Dye
Barry Dixon, Inc.
Warrenton, Virginia

Megan Feraci
Renaissance Group
Memphis, Tennessee

Emily Houston
Commercial Design Interiors
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Corley Ingram
Upholstery by Design
Jackson, Mississippi

Meg Jackson
Hirsch Bedner Associates
Atlanta, Georgia

Millie Pridmore
Fleming Associates Architects
Memphis, Tennessee

Mandy Scroubelos
Taylor Design Group
Biloxi, Mississippi

Meredith Sledge
Eley|Barkley, P.A.
Cleveland, Mississippi

Blake Stringer
Franklin Furniture Corporation
Houston, Mississippi

Mai Truong
Ross Furniture
Flowoood, Mississippi

Lauren Warren
Erlanger Health System
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Taylor Webb
Callison
Dallas, Texas

Kellie Wicktora
Duralee
Atlanta, Georgia

Ashley Wooten
SummerHouse
Ridgeland, Mississippi

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