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Interior Design: New Director Ushers in Fresh Ideas
Interior Design: New Director Ushers in Fresh Ideas - Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Oct 09 2009

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Open House Oct. 22

Students with both architectural and artistic passion will find inspiration from Stephanie Travis, the director of Columbian College’s Interior Design program. In her new role, she is creating a dynamic learning environment for not only undergraduates but also graduate students who hold degrees in fields other than interior design and are now looking for a new outlet to channel their creative talent.

“At all levels, we are providing students the tools necessary to create innovative, interior architectural spaces,” said Travis, who comes to GW from Kean University in New Jersey. “We not only focus on theory and codes but also work within the artistic and technical sides of the profession.”

The program boasts Council for Interior Design accreditation, LEED-certified faculty, and small studios to encourage personal interaction. Practicing professionals from Washington, D.C.’s thriving design community provide instruction and guidance, and a new guest lecture series will be launched this year to foster continued dialogue with accomplished designers. Students also have access to important networking opportunities and potential career options thanks to the proximity of design and architectural organizations, museums, and galleries located throughout the nation’s capital.

The Interior Design program focuses on “green” sustainable projects with environmental construction techniques incorporated within each course. Other offerings include topics ranging from residential, commercial and institutional design to architectural drafting and graphics, providing insight into all aspects of the discipline.

Travis, who earlier in her career worked for the architecture and interior design giants Vicente Wolf Associates Inc. and Gensler in New York City, is enthusiastic about her new role at Columbian College. “I want to energize what we do from the inside out. I hope to build upon our image—encouraging our students to design outside the box and really push them creatively.”

For those interested in learning more about the program, an open house will be held Oct. 22 at GW’s Mount Vernon Campus.