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On Wednesday, April 14th, Harrington College of Design Interior Design instructor, Crandon Gustafson, was invited to Wilbur Wright College to present a lecture on “Sustainable Design in Japan: Tradition/Innovation”. In anticipation of Earth Week, Crandon was invited to present to Wright’s Environmental Tech Department and students from their architecture and humanities courses about green design in Japan.

Crandon’s presentation featured photography from the Harrington student group that visited Japan in 2007, as well as the work of Kazuyo Sejima, who was just named the 2010 Pritzker Laureate in Architecture with her partner Ryue Nishizawa. He also went on to describe CASBEE, Japan’s version of the LEED Green Building standard, and the ways in which traditional Japanese architecture responds to climate and energy.

This year, Crandon will be leading a group of 11 Harrington students from all programs (Interior Design, Communication Design & Photography) to Japan. Check out his blog on Japan at http://www.iseemyshoe.blogspot.com/ for some great cultural insight!

About Crandon Gustafson:
Crandon Gustafson, AIA, IIDA, ASID, LEED AP, is Director of the Center for Professional Development at Harrington College of Design where he also teaches graduate-level courses in design theory and research methods. Following twenty years of professional practice, he joined Harrington in 2005 as Department Chair for Interior Design. He has presented papers on sustainability and education environments design to diverse groups, and in 2007 Mr. Gustafson led a group of 14 interior design and photography students in an exploration of design and culture in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo. He is the current President of the Illinois Chapter of the International Interior Design Association.

Photo courtesy Morgue File

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