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Lucy Trimarco has been painting walls, re-finishing and re-arranging furniture since she was 10 years old. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Interior Design, from The International Academy of Design & Technology, Chicago, then continued studies at The Art Institute of Chicago and The University of Chicago in business, graphic and web development. 

Lucy started her interiors career at VOA Associates, and then moved onto OWP&P, Partners by Design and The Environments Group. Lucy has also consulted at Perkins & Will, Lieber Group, TKA Partners and McCann Associates among others.  She has developed interiors for commercial offices, showrooms, schools and retail spaces.  Her most recent projects are Herman Miller Showrooms in New York and Atlanta, which have LEED Gold Certification.

In 2001, Lucy became a Registered Interior Designer and started her small business, luc.ID, Inc., which led her down a road of interiors, web design and product development consulting for furniture manufacturers, corporate clients and retail stores.

Lucy started her teaching career at The International Academy of Design & Technology and then joined Harrington College of Design in 1998 when she was asked to teach a 3D_AutoCAD Class.  Recently, she became a full-time instructor and will be teaching technology classes within the graduate and undergraduate departments.  Her focus is inspiring students to use software as a visual tool (starting from paper) to sell future designs to their clients.

Her spare time is spent volunteering for the United Cerebral Palsy – Toyland which raises money to purchase toys for disadvantaged children in the Chicago-land area.  She has also helped transform the interior of the Jane Adams Home on Taylor for their first open house for the National Public Housing Museum. Lucy’s affiliations include NCIDQ, LEED AP ID+C, and IDEC.
Welcome aboard Lucy!

Photo of Herman Miller Atlanta Showroom, courtesy Dwell 

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The DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) Chicago 22nd Annual Gala kicked off on Saturday, June 12 at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel in downtown Chicago. The Gala’s theme, “Believe: 2010: See: 2020: Perfect Vision: An AIDS Free World” envisions a journey towards a future without AIDS. Through the stunning theatrics staged by Kehoe Designs, Total Event Resources and sparc, inc.,  attendees were whisked from the present to the feature in an array of lighting, lasers, media graphics and a swooping runway while enjoying cocktails, dinner, entertainment, a live auction and dancing. Check some glimpses of the event below:

Over 500 designers, industry leaders, architects and guests attended the event, including many from Harrington, such as Erik Parks, President of Harrington and past DIFFA Board Member, Dr. John Martin-Rutherford, Chairperson of the Interior Design Program and DIFFA Board Member, and several HCD alumni and students who attended or volunteered for the event.
As Dr. Martin-Rutherford said, “The DIFFA-Chicago Gala was one of the most memorable parties ever and the money collected will help tremendously in furthering the goals of AIDS eradication throughout the world and, particularly, through DIFFA-CHICAGO’s support of local agencies and non-profits engaged full-time in the struggle against this hideous disease.”
Proceeds from the event contribute to DIFFA/Chicago’s Excellence in Care grant program which has awarded over $2.5 million since 1987.  The Gala was co-chaired by Rick Gilman of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP; Lynn Fordon of Steelcase; and Richard Cassis of sparc, inc.  Serving as Legacy Sponsor was Herman Miller, Steelcase was the Presenting Sponsor and Contract magazine was the Gala’s National Media Sponsor.    

Founded in 1984, DIFFA/Chicago is a not-for-profit fundraising and grant-making foundation that distributes funds to Chicago area HIV/AIDS service agencies that provide direct service, preventative education and outreach to people who are HIV positive, living with AIDS or at risk for infection
Photos courtesy Brad Kisner and BizBash Chicago

Harrington College of Design was proud to be a Partner sponsor of the event.

About DIFFA/Chicago:

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Good design determines how well products, spaces and systems work from the beginning. We think that great design ideas can make things work even better. Whether you are an architect, interior designer, product designer, landscape designer, graphic designer, communication designer, the METROPOLIS Next Generation Design Competition is looking for ONE design fix you can make now in your designed environment — the products you use, your home, your workplace, your city or any commercial application-that, in scale or as inspiration, can improve our future:

· Rethink today’s workspace in a practical, credible way
· Get rid of daily trash pickups
· Fix the room air conditioner to make it energy-neutral
· Re-conceptualize the downtown parking lot
· Whatever you can think of!
To enter, provide one small (but brilliant and elegant) fix-leading to an incremental (or dramatic) change in sustainability. Your fix needn’t have anything to do with “environmentalist engineering” to make a difference. Concentrate on what you know best, are aching to improve in a way that deploys your training and imagination.

For details, rules, and to apply visit


DEADLINE: January 29, 2010
Sponsored by Herman Miller, Inc.



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