Welcome back to the 2017-2018 school year! I hope that each of you had a great summer and are looking forward to a productive, enriching and fun fall semester. I would like to start off by welcoming our new interior design hire, Assistant Professor Miyoung Hong. Hong has spent the last couple of years teaching in the interior design program at North Dakota University as well as experience teaching at Purdue and earned a Ph.D. in Design Environments and the Arts from Arizona State University. Her research focus is on health and wellness and the interior built environment and the integration of evidence-based design. Hong will be teaching DSGN350 & IDES300 this fall.
Mark Hinchman spent the summer abroad, presented a paper in Scotland at the Society of Architecture Historian conference, and published a book chapter “Museum is Born: Albert-Charles Wulffleff and the Parc-Musee of Dakar, 1936” which will be part of the volume “Cities and the Circulation of Culture in the Atlantic World”. Hinchman will be ARCH241, IDES445/845, and London Prep. Nate Bicak was busy teaching d.MAKE this summer and welcomed his first kid, Parker Nicole in June. Biack will be teaching DSGN410 Collaborate Studio with Vanessa Schutte of DLR Group and IDES301. Lecturer Stacy Spale will be joining us again this year. Spale will be teaching IDES350, IDES433, IDES491 Revit, and will be facilitating and curating materials for the material lab. We hope that the materials lab will be ready for use by Fall Break and will keep you updated on its progress.
As for me, I kept busy setting ground work for the 2017-2018 academic year. I also was sure to enjoy some summer activities with my family. This semester I will be teaching IDES210 and DSGN101. Please know that my door is always open…stop in and say “hello” anytime throughout the semester.
Student Updates: The ID program welcomes a new class of 28 second year interior design students. I urge the upper classes to mentor them as they transition from pre-design to interior design students and invite them to participate in our student organizations.
Many of our third year students studied abroad this summer in Paris and Barcelona, and our fourth year students spent their summer interning all across the country. To conclude, I encourage all of you to be active participants in our program and in college wide events this fall. There are many opportunities to be engaged contribute to the great culture that the College of Architecture manifests. I look forward to all of the great accomplishments you will achieve this year.