The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Interior Design Conference Benefits Students

Students had the opportunity to rub elbows with interior design experts recently when The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) hosted the 13th Annual UTC Design Conference.

Almost 100 students and professionals from the Chattanooga area and across the state converged on the UTC campus to learn about environmental design. Bernadette V. Upton, a Florida-licensed interior designer, lecturer & consultant, served as keynote speaker and stressed the importance of keeping the well being of the Earth’s environment in mind when creating new designs for homes and businesses.

“It is a good time to expose students to a topic they don’t always have access to,” said Upton, who has been working in the area of environmental design since 1982. “Environmental design continues to grow in the profession. This is a great way to expose students to what is going on.”

Dr. Jane Reagor, professor of human ecology and ASID advisor, said the conference provides an opportunity many interior design students do not have until after graduation.

“It allows them to network with professionals and get involved with the people who work in our community,” Reagor said. “We’re thankful that we are able to provide such a quality conference.”

Beginning in 2005, the conference will be named after James Avery, the first interior design instructor at UTC, Reagor said.

“Without his leadership, the program wouldn’t be what it is today,” she said.

UTC’s interior design program is accredited by the Foundation of Interior Design Education and Research (FIDER) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and endorsed by the National Kitchen and Bath Association.