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Archive for April 2009

Tooting my horn

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

My intern supervisor (I should find out this week if I get the internship!) has told me that I need to work on tooting my horn and being confident about my work. What better practice than dedicating a post to talking about my work?

At the end of March, my work was featured in the Senior Art Show here at school. After the work was hung on the walls, I stopped by the gallery to check it out. Unfortunately I discovered that my floor plan was hung vertically and it should have been hung horizontally. I told them to fix it, but they didn't. I missed the opening reception because I was at the hospital with my sissie pooh, but it turns out that I won an award! Following the reception for the Senior Show, the art department presented awards to the students, and I won the Interior Design Major of the Year Award!!

The board in the upper left corner is the one that was hung incorrectly.

This is one of my favorite boards. I love all these materials. It was a restaurant project.

About two weeks ago I completed my art gallery project. I spent the whole semester working on that project, and I don't think I've talked about it once. We didn't have a budget for this project, so I went way over the top. My favorite part of the art gallery was the lobby.

One side of the lobby was the reception desk, and the wall behind it is made of 3 Form. 3 Form is a sustainable material made from eco-resin, and the pattern I chose is see through and looks like it has silver confetti inside it.

On the other side of the lobby is the seating area. There are two Florence Knoll benches (I fell in love with Knoll furniture when I toured their showroom in Atlanta), two chairs which are very similar to Knoll's tulip chairs, a coffee table and on the wall there are two waterfalls.

The chair I chose isn't actually blue. I just forgot to change my Photoshop settings when I uploaded this picture.

For this project we learn how to use a new computer program-Google Sketchup, which would be a great program if it actually worked correctly. Here the perspective drawing I did using Sketchup of the lobby seating area. The flooring is marble, and the paint color is super bright white.

Last week we had our ASID local competition. I entered my art gallery project into the commercial category, and I won first place! I also entered my Studio Apartment project in the residential category, and I won first place for that one too! The Studio Apartment project was from last semester. I entered that project into the regional ASID competition back in February and won second place.

I'm very interested in sustainable design, and at the end of March I joined the US Green Building Council. I am now an Emerging Green Builder. I also signed up to take the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) exam. I have until the end of June to take the test. I need to get to studying - that test is very expensive! Here's a little bit about LEED from their website: "LEED is an internationally recognized certification system that measures how well a building or community performs across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions."

How's that for tooting my horn? I'm interior design major of the year, three time award winner, and hopefully about to become LEED certified!

This and that

Friday, April 10, 2009

After four weeks in the hospital, Megan finally left today and went to rehab. Unfortunately, we're having problems with the insurance paying for rehab. At first, they denied her going to rehab, saying that she was "too mobile." WTH??!! She only has one leg!! The surgeon intervened and she has now been approved to stay at rehab until Monday. Then the process starts all over again with the insurance company. Megan is still susceptible to infection (she already had one really bad infection, which required a lot of attention from the surgeon) and needs to stay in rehab for at least ten days.

When Megan got her leg amputated, I went home and was able to spent time with my family. My grandfather and aunt from Rochester, NY drove down to Alabama to see Megan. I was glad to be able to see them, although I wish it had been under different circumstances. My other sister, Stephanie, had her senior prom the weekend I was home, and she looked so beautiful!
A few days after Megan's accident, Stephanie got a new tattoo of a gray heart with the names, "Rebecca, Megan, Stephanie" around the heart.

On Monday my roommate, who is studying to be an opera singer, had her senior recital. She sang great and looked amazing in her sparkly dress!

Interior Design majors have to have internships in order to graduate. In this economy it is extremely difficult to find internships. Architecture firms that normally take four interns, aren't taking any this summer. I was the first person in my class to even get an interview. I had two interviews over Spring Break. One of the places I'm definitely not interested in after having my interview, and the other place I really, really, really want to work at. The place I'm interested in (I'll give you a hint: most of your husbands work for this group) didn't have approval for a summer hire at the time of my interview, but they have enough work for ten interns. I just got a call today that they've been given the approval and that I now need to drop off another resume. Cross your fingers that I get this internship!! I can't graduate without one. Unfortunately there's a lot of red tape to get through in order to work for this group. And I don't have months and months to wait around to get approved.