Students will have a global view of their responsibility as stewards of natural resources and the impact of design decisions within the parameters of ecological, socio-economic, and cultural contexts. (University Core Values: Globally Responsible and Reflectively Aware)
Students will understand and address human needs (social, economic, political, psychological, and physiological) in the applied practice of interior design. (University Core Values: Socially Merciful and Compassionately Hospitable)
Students will respond with creative problem-solving by exploring complex problems and generating creative solutions that optimize the human experience within the interior environment. (University Core Value: Intellectually Creative)
Students will engage in multi-disciplinary collaboration. (University Core Values: generally all)
Students will effectively communicate visually, orally and in the written word using appropriate techniques and technologies.
Students will understand and adopt accepted standards of business and organizational practices with commitment to the highest levels of professional standards and ethics and will demonstrate a willingness to advance not only themselves but the profession of interior design as a whole. (University Core Value: Ambassadors of Service)
Students will develop a strong sense of the theoretical basis of art and design and will use historical and cultural context and precedence to enhance design decisions. (University Core Values: generally all)
Interior Architecture and Design Bachelor of Science
If creating uniquely inspiring and purposeful spaces where people can live, work and play is your passion, the interior architecture and design program at Mercyhurst University is your answer. A professional interior designer strives to create hospitality environments where we can experience relaxation and enjoyment, educational environments where we can learn and grow, healthcare environments where we can heal, and work environments in which we can be safe and productive. It’s about blending form and function – beauty and purpose. Are you up to the challenge? All students are supervised through an internship/cooperative education experience to build up their portfolio in a real-world professional setting. Students receive hands-on experiences working on community building and design projects and are networked with professionals from the design world.
In the spring of each academic year, the Mercyhurst University interior architecture and design department hosts its annual exhibition of projects . These projects are the culmination of 30 weeks of research and preparation over three terms. The exhibit is displayed in the Cummings Art Gallery on campus and is open to the public. An opening reception initiates the exhibition and invited guests include faculty, friends, family, professional designers and architects, and prospective employers.
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Kathy Weidenboerner, ASID, IDEC, IIDA, M.Ed.
Department Chair and Assistant Professor Office:Wayne 104 Phone:(814) 824-2368 Email:email@example.com
Education and Academic Interests:
Professor Weidenboerner earned her design degree from Mercyhurst College and a Master's of Education in Environmental Science from Gannon University. She is an NCIDQ certified designer and maintains professional membership in IDEC (Interior Design Educator's Council) and ASID (American Society of Interior Designers).
Graduate Studies Scholastic Award for Academic Excellence in Natural and Environmental Sciences
Who's Who Among Interior Designers
Donna Zariczny joined the faculty in the Winter Term of 2012 as an adjunct instructor teaching in the areas of graphic rendering and building systems.
With more than 20 years of professional experience in architecture Donna brings a wide variety of expertise to her teaching. She has worked intensely on various commercial projects ranging from historic restoration of downtown buildings and multi-family housing projects to user specific facilities, assisted living buildings, k-12 educational facilities and bank branch structures.
A Michigan native, she attended Lawrence Institute of Technology for her undergraduate studies, then continued on to SUNY Buffalo for her pre-professional degree, and finally Kent State University for her Bachelor of Architecture. Donna is licensed to practice architecture in both New York and Pennsylvania and holds her NCARB certification allowing her to become licensed in additional states to meet her clients needs.
Before starting Inscale Architects, Donna worked in the public sector in facilities management. She honed her organizational and communication skills during this time working on a multitude of projects. Donna also worked in private architectural firms with an emphasis on multifamily housing, historical preservation and educational facilities. Her responsibilities continued beyond project management and she was instrumental in implementing new technology and software to streamline the operations within the office.
At Inscale Architects, Donna has a client responsive approach to design which has resulted in a service oriented standard of success within the industry. Incorporating environmentally friendly and energy efficient ideas is important and she strives to integrate green architecture into every project she undertakes. Donna recently obtained Woman Business Enterprise status for Inscale in both Pennsylvania and New York State positioning her company to do work on government contracts. More information about Donna’s involvement at Inscale Architects can be found at www.inscalepc.com.
In her spare time Donna enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, traveling, boating, building, reading and outdoor adventures.
Instructor of Interior Design Office:Wayne 106 Phone: (814) 824-2156 Email:Kasefi@mercyhurst.edu
Keyman is an interior architecture instructor at Mercyhurst University, in Walker College of business and Management. Keyman felt a desire early on to see more of the world. He moved to the city of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to begin his associates in architecture. He then went on to graduate with a B.S (Hons) in Architectural Technology. He started working at a medium scale firm in Malaysia (GDP), becoming involved in the design of luxury high-rise buildings. While working in Malaysia, Keyman was also reading and studying the sustainable methods used in Singapore’s architectural design. After his experience in Southeast Asia, Keyman decided that he wanted to experience American architecture and its own design language. He moved to the Midwest in 2013 to pursue a degree in Human Environmental Studies at Southeast Missouri State University.
Keyman’s research was based on the concept of forming a building that was physically efficient, psychological efficient, environmentally sufficient, and sustainable. Using these factors as a guiding force, he completed a creative thesis project, graduating from Southeast Missouri State University with an M.A. (HES) in Interior Design.
After graduating from Southeast Missouri State University, Keyman accepted a position at Mercyhurst University in Fall 2015 where he helps students understand the design principles and technologies that he has been utilizing since the beginning of his career.