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

Building interiors: MSU students design spaces for adult learning

December 19th, 2012 Comments Off on Building interiors: MSU students design spaces for adult learning

MSU junior Lauren Henson, left, explains her interior design ideas for a conceptual adult literacy center, inspired by her class’s visit to the New Orleans YMCA Adult Literacy Program at the beginning of the semester. (Photo by: Russ Houston | MSU University Relations)

By Leah Barbour | MSU University Relations

What does interior design have to do with literacy centers for adults? Several Mississippi State University interior design students spent their fall semester answering that very question.

Assistant professor William Riehm’s sophomore design class already knew the art of creating great interiors is more than choosing attractive lamps, but thanks to a field trip to New Orleans early in the semester, students learned to design interiors that meet learners’ needs.

“I was approached by the director of the New Orleans YMCA Adult Literacy Program, Shannan Cvitanovic, to help her with some ideas for her space,” Riehm said. “This led to a conversation about having interior design students consider all of the possibilities that a learning center could be. I asked Shannan to act as a hypothetical ‘client’ for a drop-in center, and she agreed.”

Riehm, since he first arrived at MSU in 2011, has been exploring how language connects to design, he said. He formed a partnership with English assistant professor Lyn Fogle, director of the Teaching English as a Second Language, TESOL, program at MSU.

“We’ve often discussed the relationship of design and language and when this New Orleans project was being developed, it seemed like a natural link,” Riehm said.

Fogle suggested English master’s degree candidate Caroline L. Baker of Leland work with the interior design students, and she accompanied the class when it visited the adult literacy center soon after the fall semester began.

“Design is often considered a language, and making that connection in school is a good way for young designers to develop their design skills,” Riehm said.

While students did not get to develop plans for an actual local adult literacy center, they used a local downtown building, 205 Lafayette St. in Starkville, to create design plans as if an adult literacy center were to be located there.

As part of their final exam, 19 students offered different visions of what an adult learning and training environment could be.

From multi-level classrooms for multi-level adult learners to private counseling areas and discreet yet inviting signage, students developed a myriad of poster presentations and miniature models reflecting their visions for the building.

Students focused on ways to design interior rooms that foster learning in a literacy-focused environment, and many of them included the kinds of amenities adults need, like a kitchenette with a stove, sink and refrigerator.

Riehm emphasized that his students used forward-thinking ways to develop inventive solutions for dealing with the problem of adult illiteracy, and students’ work allowed them to improve both their verbal and graphic presentation skills.

“I feel this project reveals our students’ strengths in innovative thinking in design,” he said. “I believe the project reveals the importance of interior design and its relationship to creating better, more effective environments for the greater good.

“I believe this reveals that the interior design program at Mississippi State is a top caliber program addressing contemporary issues and educating for innovation in design.”

CAAD students awarded national and regional home furnishings scholarships

December 12th, 2012 Comments Off on CAAD students awarded national and regional home furnishings scholarships

Left to right: Bill Martin, director of the Franklin Furniture Institute; Beth Miller, director of the Interior Design Program; Cristen Richard, Marguerite Johnson, Emily Hardin, Professor Robert Long and Sarah Kilpatrick (Photo by Megan Bean | University Relations)

(By Karen Brasher | College of Agriculture and Life Sciences)

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Four students enrolled in the College of Architecture, Art and Design have received scholarships from home furnishings industries.

The American Home Furnishings Alliance awarded three scholarships in the amount of $11,155 each to students with a promising career in home furnishings.  Emily Hardin and Cristen Richard are both sophomores in the interior design program.  Sarah Kilpatrick is a junior majoring in sculpture.

The American Home Furnishings Alliance is the world’s largest and most influential trade organization serving the home furnishings industry.

The Southeastern Home Furnishings Association awarded the $2,000 Michael Gilchrist Memorial Scholarship to sophomore interior design student Marguerite Johnson.

The Southeastern Home Furnishings Association is affiliated with the National Home Furnishings Association, the nation’s largest organization devoted specifically to the needs and interest of home furnishings retailers.

Bill Martin, director of Mississippi State University’s Franklin Furniture Institute, administers the student scholarships and was instrumental in securing the scholarships.

“The institute is pleased to be able to secure scholarships for student interested in pursuing a career in the furniture and home furnishings industries,” Martin said.  “Given the importance of Mississippi’s furniture manufacturing sector, it is important to develop future leaders in one of the state’s largest employers.”

To qualify, students completed essays on how they will use their degrees to work in the furniture and home furnishings industries, Martin added.

Students also must be enrolled in one of the university institute partners, the College of Architecture, Art and Design; College of Forest Resources; Bagley College of Engineering or the College of Business.

Read the story on MSU’s website.

Senior Interior Design Student receives national Celia Moh Scholarship

June 29th, 2012 Comments Off on Senior Interior Design Student receives national Celia Moh Scholarship

Taylor Webb, a senior MSU Interior Design student, was one of six chosen for the $30,000 scholarship.

“I was extremely excited when I found out I received the scholarship. I was made aware of it over a year and a half ago and have done everything I could to get it since then. One thing I’m really excited about is being able to attend the High Point Market in October; it will be such an awesome experience!

After I graduate I hope to find a job at a large firm and practice in corporate design for a while. Eventually, I would like to do residential design, which is what I have been doing for the past year at Something Southern in Starkville. I absolutely love every minute of it!”

Read the full story here.

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