Class of 1999
I arrived in the IARc program with curiosity and eagerness to tap into the imaginations that lay within. I had no idea that IARc would crack open my mind and teach me a whole new way of thinking like they did. At moments during first year I remember wondering, “What the heck are these projects really about and are these professors from another planet?” In fact they were and I found out that the planet of design was home to me as well. The program was everything I could ever dream it would be in helping me learn to funnel my thoughts into productive means of expression. IARc was such a supportive environment that encouraged exploration of independent curiosity as well as pushed me to personally grow to find out who I was. I loved that this program thrived with individuals who were researching ideas out of their own desires and not because it was a requirement. Schooling before IARc from elementary school on teaches you that there is a right and wrong answer to everything. IARc taught me that the successes of studies/work are in the process, the thought and the solutions that come about. Design is a living element that doesn’t have an end but, yet a continuation of evolution and thought. I am indebted to IARc for taking the rawness that was me and molding it into designer that I now am.
After graduation I set out to do restaurant design as my main focus. Landing at tvsdesign in Atlanta I have worked on many project types from Restaurants, Retail, Entertainment, Corporate and Cultural Arts. I have worked on something as small as a joint detail to as large as a six block seven story complex. Design is design no matter the scale of a project. IARc equipped me to be able to look at the heart of a space no matter the characteristics. I enjoy the process, the problem-solving, connecting with the clients/users, and finding ways to create something new.