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IIDA Fashion Show – We Win Again!

Last night, the design community in Boston came together for the annual IIDA Fashion Show Benefit Gala at the Boston Convention Center. This year, the entering teams focused on fifteen years of fashion and design. The NESAD team, consisting of BFA students Sarah Gosson, Luke Tanguay and Jennifer Reyes, as well as MA students Yiwei Zhang, Mel McGilvrey, Mary Schambach, Carol Williams and Moniqua Williams; chose style icon Barbie to inspire their designs. In conjunction with ArcCom and McKearney Assosiates, the team, lead by Professor Nancy Hackett, designed several Barbie-inspired pieces, including Malibu Barbie and Wedding Barbie. Hours upon hours of planning, designing and constructing all paid off when the group tied for first place for Best School Entry for the second year in a row! Congratualtions to you all on your outstanding work and win!

Jill Garzik Shines as first Fall 2013 Gallery Talk Speaker

Last week the Interior Design program held the first Gallery Talk of the semester. NESAD alum and successful interior designer, Jill Garzik, spoke to the group about her journey through the profession. Currently leading the interior design team at the Perkins Eastman Boston office, Jill specializes in healthcare, science & technology and education design.

At the start of her presentation, Jill walked the group through one of her earlier projects, the 73 Tremont Cafe here at Suffolk University. She talked about how important the  history of the building was to the design, and how the use of graphics played into the overall feel of the space. Next, she took the group through her Boston Medical Center project. One of the important points Jill made about healthcare design is that it is not only about the patient, but also about the families and the providers. She finds healthcare design very fulfilling because it is care-based. As a healthcare designer, you know that you have touched the lives of those who work in the space, those who are visiting patients, and those who are being treated. In this particular project, she was able to use some new and innovative sustainable materials.

Jill’s current project, the Martin Luther King, Jr. School, was fascinating to hear about. Perkins Eastman is working on this project as a team. It is a new construction building, so they have designed the building as a whole. Jill pointed out the importance of teamwork. Everyone has an opinion and it is critical that everyone work together. The interior designers spent 6 weeks working on conceptual design prior to presenting their ideas to the rest of the office. All of this is before the client even saw the work. The design concept that was decided on was based on the four seasons: spring, summer, fall and winter. Because this school will house four different groups of students, all at different educational levels, it was important to differentiate between age groups and their dedicated wing of the building. Each building “pod” is connected by a central corridor and common spaces such as the auditorium, library and cafeteria. The auditorium space signifies the trunk of the school tree. Jill’s team has selected finishes that will subtly make you feel as though you are in the tree. In these common spaces, they have selected colors such as white, green and light wood, and then each branch of the building has a correcpsonding season and color. For example, winter is represented by various hues of blue, but also incorporates other colors to reflect the season, such as yellow and orange.  The end result is very cohesive design that the clients are extremely excited about.

In the end, Jill explained that you really have to help the client get excited about the journey. The design process is challenging, and you must help them along the way. Ultimately, it is the client’s building so it has to work for them. Thanks, Jill, for a very enlightening and thoughtful presentation!


MiDC Interior Design Day

MiDC lobby day save the date

WHY are you an interior designer?

2014 Senior BFA students answer the question WHY ?

WHY are you an Interior Designer ?


To bring out the best in people …CJ

To bring peace of mind to people so they can focus on more important matters… LT

To solve the problems of function  and  beauty …SG

To help humans make their lives more productive, and enable human potential…MM

To enable human connections to create a better world. ..SH

To allow interiors to promote the best in a person…MN

To save money, allowing clients to focus on other aspects of life leading to a greater lifestyle…AP

To make people’s everyday life easier and to increase happiness…AS

To give people a sense of a new journey…LP

To make tasks easier to complete…CK

To improve the quality of life and increase human happiness…JR

Because an aesthetically appealing space will improve quality of life, increase productivity, comfort and happiness…ACE


Why are YOU an interior designer?

Interior Design Career Day: Friday, Oct. 18

New England Interior Design Career Day will  take place on Friday, October 18 at the Boston Design Center.

This year’s theme is Design for a Lifetime and  is supported by speakers and panels that emphasize Aging in Place, Color Theory, Designers across Generations and other topics that will energize interior design students.  Speakers include  Jeanne Kopacz of Allegro Interior Architecture, Kayte Muse and Emily Sano  of  Spagnolo Gisness & Associates, and  professionals from Steelcase and Red Thread.

Please visit the website at for more information.

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Anna Gitelman “Rethinks the Ranch”

In addition to passionately teaching Interior Architecture students at NESAD about the design process, Associate Professor Anna Gitelman also runs a successful practice of her own, Studio A. A project very personal to Anna, her private residence, has been featured in the latest addtion of DESIGN New England magazine. To read more about Anna and her home remodel, visit

DLF-NE Season Kick-Off Event

DLF NE 2013-2014 Season Kick-Off Event

The Reserve Champagne Bar

Followed by BOND at the Langham Hotel

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Please join the DLF-NE on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 for our season kick-off membership event. First, attend a cocktail party and brief tour of the award-winning lobby and  The Reserve Champagne Bar at the Langham Hotel in downtown Boston, led by the lighting designers, Carrie Hawley and Brandon Thrasher of Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design, and interior designer Jacqueline McGee of CBT Architects. After the tour, join us upstairs at BOND for more cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and networking.

Space for The Reserve cocktail party and tour is limited to 60 attendees! Sign up early! Didn’t sign up in time?  You can still join us for the after event upstairs at BOND. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in a fabulous setting with the design industry.

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Location: The Langham Hotel, 250 Franklin Street, Boston

Time: 5:30-6:30pm Cocktail party and tour of The Reserve

           6:30-8:00pm Cocktail party and networking at BOND

To R.S.V.P or for more information, please contact Lana Nathe or Carrie Hawley.


First Gallery Talk of the Fall Semester!


Homecoming Weekend T-Shirt Contest – Deadline Extended!

T-Shirt Design Contest

The 2013 Suffolk Homecoming T-Shirt contest is open to current Suffolk students. Designs can be submitted through September 23, 2013. Enter now for a chance to win exhibit space at the NESAD reception on October 17, 2013 and a $100 credit to your RAMcard!

2013 Homecoming T-Shirt Contest Entry Form ( )

Homecoming artwork online submission: Please email your submission to with the subject line: NESAD T-Shirt contest submission.

Contest Guidelines:

You must incorporate:

  1. ideas about Suffolk’s first homecoming – please visit OMC’s      website ( for      more information on use of Suffolk registered marks,
  2. the idea of what “welcome home” means at      Suffolk to students, alumni, family and friends,
  3. the Suffolk community and culture,
  4. and the date, October 17-20, 2013 into your design.
  • A t-shirt will be given to every registered Homecoming      participant, so your design should be one that appeals to the majority of      the participants, including Suffolk students, alumni, staff, faculty &      family. The design should capture the essence of Suffolk University.
  • Designs may include line art and text but no      photographs.
  • Your design is for the front of the shirt and may      encompass an area up to 10×10 inches.
  • Design should work with the t-shirt colors., maximum of      three colors. The t-shirt for 2013 will be Suffolk’s shades of blue or      gold.
  • The design must be your own original, unpublished work      and must not include any third-party logos or copyrighted material. By      entering the competition, you agree that your submission is your own work.

Contact Tramaine Weekes at with questions.


Submitting an Entry

  • Digital entries only. High-resolution images in .eps      format are preferred. We will also accept VECTOR art entries in the      following formats: .ai, .cdr, .pdf, .svg, .wmf. All fonts must be      converted to curves. There should be no embedded bitmap images (jpg, tif,      bmp). Colors should be spot with no half-tones.
  • Fill out the entry form online and submit artwork to,      Attn: Homecoming T-Shirt Contest.
  • Submissions will be accepted through Monday, September 23, 2013.

The Fine Print

  • Maximum of one entry per person.
  • All entries must include a signed artist agreement to      be considered.
  • Submissions will be screened by the Suffolk University      Homecoming Committee for merit and feasibility; finalists will be posted      to Suffolk faculty and staff for voting.
  • Online voting will be open from September 18-23, 2013.      Only Suffolk faculty and staff will be able to vote for the final design      this year.
  • Voting is set up as one vote per person.
  • The Suffolk University Homecoming Committee reserves      the right to make changes to the winning design before printing, including      changes in image size or ink color or t-shirt color.
  • By submitting your design, you grant permission for      your design to be used by Suffolk University and the Suffolk University      Homecoming Committee including, but not limited to, the Suffolk Homecoming      website, the 2013 Homecoming t-shirt, posters and future marketing      materials.
  • The Suffolk University Homecoming Committee reserves the      right to final decision.
  • The winning design will be announced on September 25,      2013. The creator of the winning design will win exhibit space at the      NESAD reception on October 17, 2013 and a $100 credit to your RAMcard.

Statement of Use


Suffolk University reserves the right to retain artwork produced by students for exhibition and reproduction as part of their program of study while enrolled at the University, and has a non- exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide license to photograph, tape, reproduce, or otherwise use or display student work for marketing, promotional, archival, reference, research, classroom, educational, and other purposes. Students will be credited for the use of such reproductions at the discretion of the University. Reproductions of student artwork may be edited at the University’s discretion, but in doing so, the University will make a good faith effort to act respectfully and responsibly so as not to unduly compromise the integrity of the original artwork.

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