Selected Alumni of the UTC Interior Design Program

Alumni, Lisa Van Cleave

Lisa VanCleave Lay, class of 1994

Lisa VanCleave Lay is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology and a concentration in Interior Design.  She holds a National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certification and has 19 years experience in the design industry.  She is a current member of the American Society of Interior Designers.  Since joining BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee in 1999, she has served in the Properties and Corporate Services Division.   

Lisa currently manages the daily operations of Facilities Planning and Facilities Services.  This includes oversight of facility workspace design and implementation as well as relocation projects for the enterprise.  The focus of her department is serving their customers by providing space planning, furniture acquisition and installation, and relocation move supervision for all BCBST facilities which encompass over 3.6 million square feet of real estate in five Tennessee cities.  In addition, they support a corporate initiative for the initial rollout and ongoing maintenance of a robust telecommuting program.   While working for BCBST she has helped to open five offices across Tennessee, one in New Jersey, and one in Iowa.  She was also a member of the core project team that directed the planning, design, construction and move management for the new $299 million corporate campus.  She played key roles in interior project programming, block and stack diagrams, acquisition and installation of contract furniture, and move management for approximately 3,700 employees with no loss of productivity.  Immediately following the relocation to Cameron Hill, Lisa led efforts to de-fit thirteen facilities over a six month period.  Most recently her team achieved ISO 9001; 2008 Certification.  



Elizabeth Carrolldisplay board of Elizabeth Carroll's work, class of 2012

UTC Interior Design Department accepted my application as a transfer student from the art history program at Berry College. My freshman year studio life immediately infatuated me, but also gave me a sense of time management and work ethic. Following my sophomore year in the program, I realized I wanted to continue my education and receive a Masters in Architecture pursuing my interest in tectonics and design. History of art and architecture have always inspired my work and grasped my interest. I was able to mature that interest in the program through classes and opportunities such as classes in Historic Preservation, History of Interior Design and Architecture, and Independent Studies. During my senior year I went through the graduate school application process and after receiving feedback from faculty and professionals, I enrolled at Georgia Tech’s Master of Architecture program. Currently I am in my second year of a three year accredited program. If I had one piece of advice for incoming and current interior design students, it would be to shadow and intern as much as you can during school. Understanding how the profession functions and operates can be indispensable before you make any post-graduation decisions.


Mary Raccuglia

Mary Raccuglia, class of 2011

Mary Raccuglia (B.S. 2011) graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Interior Design program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Upon completion of her summer internship with Hefferlin + Kronenberg Architects, Mary joined the HK team in July of 2011. Involved in both residential and commercial design projects, she utilizes a variety of techniques such as, model building, hand drafting, rendering, presentation boards, and computer-aided design programs to represent her interior architecture and design plans. She meets one-on one with clients and collaborates with outside professionals to execute her designs. She has had the privilege of working on a variety of projects including: office renovations, high-end residential, modern apartment complexes, low income housing, furniture design, urban planning, etc. She is truly passionate about design and loves being a part of the positive growth in Chattanooga. Mary is now pursuing her Interior Design licensure for the state of Tennessee through the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications.



Judy Anderson, class of 1993

I have been facilities designer at Erlanger Health Systems for a total of 15 years. Past jobs include Project Design Manager at Office Co-ordinators, and Interior Designer with Life Care Centers of America. As a UTC Alumnus, I have served as a member of the UTC Interior Design Advisory Board. I have also held many positions of leadership in the local Chattanooga chapter of ASID. One of the most rewarding opportunities is serving as an educator by supporting the internship program at UTC; it is rewarding to see the students graduate and move on to new positions in the design field. As facilities designer at Erlanger, there are many challenges in the medical design field; however, there are many rewarding experiences also. The most rewarding design project while working here at Erlanger was working with a family that wanted to honor their deceased daughter by donating a Children’s CT Scanner and renovate the department. At the completion of the project, the mother cried tears of joy because all her hard work and dedication made her dream a reality; this made me realize how much my work can impact others, and because of times like this, I love my job.