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Interior designer Michael Payne to speak

Michael Payne, host and interior designer of HGTV’s Designing For The Sexes, will speak at the 15th James Avery Design Conference to be held September 8, from 8 a..m. – 4:30 p.m., University Center of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Payne earned a bachelors degree in physics and mathematics from Southampton University in England. After ten years in the computer industry, during which he was transferred from England to the United States, he pursued a career in interior design and graduated from the UCLA interior design program in 1980. While attending UCLA, Payne gained design experience working with a Los Angeles-based design firm that specialized in high-end, international clients.

He founded Michael Payne Design in 1980, offering interior design services to clients on a national and international basis. Incorporated in 2002, his firm now offers design consultation services to private clients. In addition, Michael teaches an interior design seminar at UCLA. Michael entered into a furniture design partnership with the Powell Company in 2004 and the initial Michael Payne Collection by Powell was introduced at the High Point Furniture Market in April 2005. The furniture is available in furniture stores nationwide.

Payne is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and is a Certified Interior Designer in the State of California.

In addition to Designing For The Sexes, Payne has made appearances on numerous network television programs and on radio stations throughout the country, and has been the featured speaker at various national home shows, design events, museums, conferences, corporate events, and charity functions. He has also been the subject of newspaper and magazine articles across the United States and has authored "Let's Ask Michael,” published in the spring of 2003.

This year’s theme for the James Avery Design Conference is Responsive Design, and issues on Sustainability and Green Design will be addressed. Interior Design is one of the program offerings in the Department of Human Ecology within the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies.  The interior design program at UTC is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (formerly FIDER).

The program begins at 9 a.m. with speaker Heather Johnson, LEED AP, Architect earned her Bachelors’ degrees in Architecture and Interior Architecture from Auburn University.  A Project Manager at River Street Architects, Heather is a LEED accredited professional, and has worked on various projects in the Chattanooga area and across the country, including Siskin Hospital.

Following Michael Payne’s presentation at 10:15 a.m., Ruthanne Hanlon, Color and Design Consultant with Pittsburgh Paints/PPG Industries will deliver more than a color forecast; she will uncover the nature behind trends—where they come from, how these trends surface, and why we connect to them.  Her presentation will begin at 11:15.  After lunch design charrettes will be conducted.

To register for this event, email Jane Reagor or call Linda deLorenzo at 423-313-8552 for more information

September 1, 2006

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