Posts Tagged ‘Harrington Alumni’

Learning the fundamentals to design within the classroom is essential, but sometimes what you learn outside the classroom is just as valuable as what you learn within. When Harrington Interior Design Program Coordinator Peter Klick took 25 students took a field trip to VOA Chicago, they gained a glimpse into a design firm’s process: from sketches to development, color studies and models, students saw how much work is invested in a design before it ever reaches a digital program.  Students learned how different clients have different needs: some may request only sketches and renderings by hand!

Many thanks to Harrington College of Design alumna Lauren Andrysiak for organizing the field trip and to all the designers at VOA for taking the time to present to us!

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At the recent Fall Semester Professionals night, approximately 16 outstanding Harrington
Interior Design
undergraduate and graduate students had the opportunity to present their work-in-progress to eight highly experienced Interior Design professionals. Students received creative input and constructive critique on their projects while networking and connecting with prominent Chicago industry contacts.

Check out all photos here or see a few highlights above and below!


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Harrington Alumni: Join the Harrington College of Design Advisory Board along with Harrington Interior Design Alumni for an evening of stimulating conversation at renowned contemporary design showroom at Luminaire tomorrow evening!

Luminaire Showroom
Wednesday, November 16th from 6-8pm
301 West Superior, Chicago IL

Photos courtesy Peter Klick

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Kylie Egge, a Harrington College of Design Interior Design college alumna and owner of Recovered Interior, is offering some great workshops here in Chicago where you can learn how to “recover” your very own furniture in a series of classes!

All you need to do is bring your own chair and fabric and Kylie will help you re-design and complete your project within the two week class. Don’t miss out – space is very limited, with only four students per class.

The next few “first sessions” of classes will be meeting on the following dates:

Saturday November 5th (9:00am-12:00pm)
Wednesday November 9th (6:00pm-9:00pm)
Saturday November 12th (9:00am-12:00pm)

Recovered Interior will provide all students with the tools and materials needed to complete the project: all you need is a chair (ottomans and benches are also acceptable) and fabric of your choice. Find out more by visiting Recovered Interior’s website, Facebook page for the Workshops or on Etsy.com!


Also, you are cordially invited to join the Harrington College of Design Scholarship Committee at a reception to honor its 2011 Service and Leadership Scholars and Peer Success Mentors. The reception will feature a keynote speech by Harrington alumna Jessica Henn Suh, current ASID Illinois Chapter President and Managing Director of Crusiet Corporation, followed by the presentation of awards and formal recognition of each program participant. A gallery exhibit dedicated to the Scholars and Mentors will also be on view during the event on November 11, 2011 at:

Harrington College of Design
Classroom 106 & Adjoining Gallery
5:30 PM – Hors d’oeuvres and Exhibit viewing
6:30 PM – Recognition Ceremony

Please RSVP to Renee Darosky by November 4, 2011 at rdarosky@harringtoncollege.com or by calling 312.697-8038.

Photo by Recovered Interior



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BFA Interior Design, December 2005
Company Name: Plank Interiors
Job title: Interior Designer, Principal
How did you get this job?
After several years at Gettys doing hospitality design, I was laid off when the economy took its turn. As a result, a friend/co-worker and I started our own interior design firm. We focus on residential, commercial and hospitality design.

What do you do?
As small business owners, we do everything. We chase down new business, meet with clients and contractors, write proposals, do AutoCAD, make selections, meet with vendors, do paperwork, go to the Mart, move furniture and attend networking events. You name it. We do a little of everything and whatever it takes to get the job done.

Biggest piece of advice to further job seekers at Harrington:
Get an industry-related internship or job while still in school. It makes the classes and material covered more relevant. And be prepared to start working in an entry-level position performing tasks that are not necessarily glamorous. That’s how you learn the business.

Recorded April 20, 2011


This feature concludes our Alumni spotlights! Hope you enjoyed learning more about some of our Alumni and their advice to current design students. Many thanks to all our alumni for your time and insight!

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AAS Digital Photography, April 2009
Company Name: Lawrence Lau Photography
Job title: Owner

How did you get this job?
Last year, I decided to go into business completely for myself actually when I got a promotion at my other job. What I had originally thought to be detrimental to the photography side of things was actually a blessing in disguise. With the increased hours, I knew I had to make better use of my time on the photography side of things and actually get jobs that counted considering I had less time available for assisting. I began doing more tests with the agencies to build up my portfolio and also diversified my portfolio to attract more corporate/advertising clients. I also recently self-taught myself how to shoot and edit video, resulting in picking up Red Bull USA as one of my first video clients.

What do you do? 
I have expanded my business to include not just shooting photographs but also shooting video. I focus on fashion, beauty, editorial, lifestyle, and portraiture. I used to assist quite regularly for some commercial photographers in the city and out-of-town photographers when they were in town, but not so much anymore.

 Biggest piece of advice to further job seekers at Harrington:
My biggest advice to any further job seekers and students at Harrington would be to have some sort of idea of what field of photography you would like to pursue and start gearing all your homework assignments toward that goal. On top of that, start looking for assisting jobs or internships immediately while still in school. Professional photographers always need a hand no matter what job they are working on. Get that hands-on experience even if you have to do some manual labor and menial tasks for them just so you can see their workflow.  I started assisting my second semester into school, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

Recorded March 2, 2011

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AAS Interior Design, August 2010
Company Name: Holly Hunt
Job title: Manufacturing Team Lead for Holly Hunt Manufacturing


How did you get this job?
I already had a BFA in Woodworking and Furniture Design [from a different school] and worked at a different furniture design company in Chicago for four years. During that time, I decided to attend Harrington to expand my education so that I could become a more well-rounded designer. After graduating I was recruited by Holly Hunt after a former colleague referred me.

What do you do?
I started this job as a brand new position within the company. Holly Hunt Manufacturing started with the idea of creating the first-ever Holly Hunt owned workroom. A small team of others and I built our facility from an empty warehouse space. I spent the first several months on the job creating the facility space layout, buying equipment and working with contractors and vendors (all things I couldn’t have done without the invaluable education I received while at Harrington).

Now that we are fully operational, my job has shifted to production manager of the workroom. We build prototypes as well as produce production items in the Holly Hunt furniture line. Some of my duties include working with the design department on new product development from initial prototypes to market-ready pieces, creating AutoCAD frame/construction drawings to document all the items we manufacture, working with the craftsmen and corporate office to maintain an accurate and manageable production schedule, sourcing supplies and working with vendors, etc. There really isn’t anything that isn’t included in my job description.

Biggest piece of advice to further job seekers at Harrington:
First, don’t take for granted anything you learn at Harrington, because you never know when you’ll need to call on that knowledge in the future … Absorb as much information as you can! Secondly, NETWORK!!! I can’t stress this enough. Believe it or not, design is a small industry, and you will be amazed at how the people working within it can move in and out of your life. Build good relationships with these people and guaranteed, they will help you out when you need them.

Recorded June 23, 2011

This graduate story is unique and may not represent typical experiences or outcomes for our graduates. Graduates should expect to pursue entry-level opportunities in their chosen fields. Examples of such entry-level opportunities are listed in the Harrington Career Guide.

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AAS Digital Photography, December 2009
Company Name: Elizabeth Greve Photography
Job title: Wedding and Portrait Photographer


 How did you get this job?
It wasn’t until I took the wedding photography elective at Harrington that I knew what I wanted to do. In that class I was able to venture outside the ‘studio’ and really capture candid moments (one of the main things I strive to capture within each shoot). I began freelancing my last year at Harrington. I began to venture out a little more and through referrals, I’ve created a very successful wedding photography business. I shoot from two to five weddings each month, and it only continues to increase. I originally searched and tried to work under other photographers in the business, but the word got out and before I knew it, I was too busy to work for anyone else. 🙂 This in itself was a learning experience.

Each shoot, I get better and continue to do so. I research to get ideas from veterans in the business and work off of those ideas and creative techniques to improve my own. I knew I could be my best teacher at the point I went off on my own. I know what I want to shoot and how I want to and therefore, working for myself has only brought me positive feedback. I love what I do and never have I regretted the path I’ve chosen.

What do you do?
I am a freelance wedding and portrait photographer. I own my business and work solo as of right now. In a few years, if my business continues to grow, there could be a chance and/or even need to hire assistants.

Biggest piece of advice to further job seekers at Harrington: 
DO WHAT YOU LOVE – No matter what! It’s as simple as that. No excuses. It took many years, a few colleges and a lot of hard work, but I finally do something I love and don’t consider ‘WORK’. I get to photograph people on what many consider the happiest day of their lives. I create my own schedules and make it known that I love what I do by how I shoot and interact with people. I never change my personality or self-image to please others. I get each of my clients because of the praise I receive for being myself. I’ve never regretted any of the process that I went through to get where I am today and never will. I can only imagine where my life will be come 5-10 years from now.  All I know is that I’ve learned to never give up and always strive for your best in everything you do. Everything happens for a reason, I believe, and if you are meant to do what you love, it will happen. Good luck! 🙂


Recorded March 2, 2011

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