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Interior architecture program and program director Lori Anthony recognized for promoting sustainability
Chatham University’s Interior Architecture program is capturing the attention of leaders in the field.
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Pennsylvania West Chapter has presented the Chatham University Interior Architecture program and its director, Lori Anthony, ASID, IDEC, with the ASID PA Leadership Award for 2010. According to ASID PA West, this award is "bestowed upon a regional community member and/or organization that has made significant contributions in the areas of knowledge, education and ongoing efforts to promote sustainability in the western Pennsylvania region."
"On behalf of our interior architecture faculty and students, I'm honored to accept this award and grateful to ASID PA West for recognizing our accomplishments as a relatively young academic program," Lori says. "We set out from the beginning to create a distinctive program that would embrace a holistic approach to interior design and incorporate the newest trends in sustainability, and so we thank ASID PA West for recognizing our accomplishments."
Launched in fall 2005, Chatham’s interior architecture program includes an undergraduate Bachelor of Interior Architecture program and graduate-level Master of Interior Architecture program with an online Master of Science in Interior Architecture program for individuals with a first professional degree in interior design or architecture. Last year the undergraduate BIA transitioned to a three-year degree program, one of the few in the United States that allows students to earn a bachelor's degree in three years without summer study.
In its award notification, ASID PA West said:
- "We recognize you and the university for the vision and efforts toward improving both human and environmental health "
- "We applaud your goal to accept a sustainable approach to interior design and make "green design" a minimal standard and not a trend."
- "We also commend your approach of incorporating sustainable practices into every facet of interior architecture communication, engaging all members of the faculty and student body in strategizing to rethink, reduce, reuse and recycle for every aspect of the program "
- "We also applaud the LEED-Silver renovation of Chatham University Eastside where the interior architecture program is now located."
Past recipients of the ASID PA West Leadership Award include Richard V. Piacentini, executive director, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens; Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Endowments; Rebecca L. Flora, AICP, LEED AP, executive director, Green Building Alliance; Wendy Beckwith, dean, School of the Professions and program coordinator-facility management (retired), La Roche College; Gary Saulson, director of corporate real estate, PNC Bank; Dr. Christine Wilson Kesner, professor of interior design (retired), Indiana University of Pennsylvania; John DeSantis, president, Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show; Louis D. Astorino, FAIA, CEO, Astorino; and William H. Hagerty, Ph.D., ASID Allied Member and professor, West Virginia University.
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