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On Friday, March 11th, about 16 students and 6 faculty members from the Harrington College of Design met at the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Museums Hall. The mission? Spend the day visiting the Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibition: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century.

Students and faculty had the opportunity to gain insight from Harrington’s own History instructor, Richard Joncas, who shared his knowledge about Frank Lloyd Wright’s work and life while everyone toured the exhibit. Check some glimpse from the field trip below!


Frank Lloyd Wright’s Urban model

See more photos from the trip by clicking here.

A work of art in itself, the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) is easily recognizable for its gorgeous architecture. As Wiki states, “The MAM recently gained international recognition with the construction of the white concrete Quadracci Pavilion, designed by Santiago Calatrava (his first completed project in the United States), which opened on May 4, 2001. The pavilion was engineered by the Milwaukee-based engineering firm, Graef, while the construction manager was also Milwaukee-based, C.G. Schmidt. The structure contains a movable, wing-like brise soleil which opens up for a wingspan of 217 feet during the day, folding over the tall, arched structure at night or during inclement weather. The brise soleil hassince become a symbol for the city of Milwaukee.”

If you haven’t had the chance to visit the MAM in person be sure to make the trip!

Photos by Peter Klick

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25 students from the Harrington College of Design embarked on the annual field trip to visit the Chicago office of VOA, a leading design firm that has been awarded over 200 local and national awards for design excellence.

Harrington Alumna Lauren Andrysiak led and organized the field trip, allowing current students to glimpse how a working design firm takes concepts from their initial hand-drawn sketches to development and models. Students were welcomed by founder Vick Vickrey, and had the chance to gain insight on how closely involved clients can be in the design process.

Special thanks to Lauren and to all the designers at VOA for taking the time to provide the great tour for us!

About VOA:
Founded in 1969, VOA Associates Incorporated, provides remarkable client service and award-winning design for the built environment. VOA listens, understands client needs, integrates their expertise and delivers effective and efficient solutions. The result is working, living, learning and healing environments that stand the test of time.

VOA has expertise in government, higher education, financial, corporate headquarters, legal, multi-family housing, and hospitality, commercial, health care and not for profit sectors among others. This diversification fosters a vigorous exchange of best practices that continuously offers successful project outcomes.

Photos courtesy Peter Klick.

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Last week, Harrington welcomed Sara Flesher-Alcantara from Pittsburgh Paints for an interesting luncheon presentation, Color’s My Bag: The Voice of Color.

Students and faculty had the opportunity to enjoy their lunches while learning the latest in color and color trends directly from those who know it best! The presentation kept true to Pittsburgh Paints’ mission:

  • Provide color palettes that convey individual style and personality.
  • Offer the most current color research and trends for their users.
  • Provide color inspiration and tools to assist users in finding their own unique voice of color and achieving their vision.

 If you have a few moments, check out Pittsburgh’s Voice of Color for yourself in their Inspiration Café: explore their Instinct, Glamour, New Bohemia and UPcycle hottest trends for the upcoming year.

Event photos courtesy Harrington Interior Design instructor & Program Coordinator Peter Klick.

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…Or rather, check out an exclusive duo of field trips to Primitive and the The Golden Triangle that Harrington students had the opportunity to take. This month, over 20 Harrington students and three Harrington faculty instructors enjoyed a tour to see the ancient artifacts and unique antiques offered by these great Chicago stores, located just a few blocks from the Harrington College of Design.

Special thanks to Glen Joffe, owner of Primitive, and Douglas Van Tress, one of the owners of The Golden Triangle for taking our Harrington groups on exclusive tours!

If you missed this great Fieldtrip you can see all images here: or check out the stores in person at:

Primitive: 130 North Jefferson
The Golden Triangle: 330 N. Clark St.

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Check out the photos from a recent HCD student field trip to Hawaii!

Recently Harrington Interior Design Alumnus, Malia Acohido, invited Harrington College of Design students to visit her in Hawaii and take part in building a traditional hale, using building techniques that are thousands and thousands of years old.

As Professor Peter Klick said, “When we are designing new interiors and creating them in a specific style of any ancient culture we have to look back and study the original very precisely. Those old cultures grew very slowly over time and adapted using local material and construction traditions to build perfect homes that are resistant to their existing local environments. “

The traditional Hawaiian hale (pronounced “ha-leh”) is constructed of local materials that are almost 100% sustainable and nearly 100% biodegradable. Held together just by knots, the structures can withstand strong rains and winds typical to the Hawaiian islands. Naturally ventilated, the structures are waterproof and can be lit entirely by solar energy.

See the photos below of the hale building process:


In addition to their work on the hale, the HCD students were able to see a Bon (Japanese) Dance, visit various hale sites and the Hale Cultural Center, view sunrise and sunsets on the beautiful Hamoa beach, visit Charlie’s Restaurant in Maui, see the historic Hana village, and experience Hawaii’s rich culture through Malia and her family, who are native Hawaiians.

Hear Malia introduce the trip on youtube

More photos can be found by clicking here

Keep checking Harrington InfoHub and this blog for future field trip opportunities as well as highlights from other HCD student trips!

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