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For a college steeped in a strong tradition of superior interior design, it takes an outstanding individual to lead the Interior Design department as Chair. Dr John Martin-Rutherford is just such an individual. When we recently found out that Dr. Martin-Rutherford was selected as President-Elect of the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) we couldn’t be more proud! IDEC is an internationally recognized interior design organization whose mission is the advance interior design education, scholarship and service.

Within his candidate statement for the position, Dr. Martin-Rutherford stated, “I believe that we become stronger as a profession when we increase the professional practice skills of our graduates, giving them the lead in attaining those positions in firms where they can rise to their greatest potential. Strengthening our educational requirements and expanding students’ views of the profession and what that brings to more successful architecture and urban environments is one means of giving us greater clout in the tough economic situation of the 21st Century. Interior Designers deserve positions of power based on education and experience. If we must battle against incursions from stronger professional groups, let us do it from strength that comes from great educational environments and professional programs.”

The Harrington College of Design is proud to have our instructors affiliated with IDEC and honored to have hosted the Mid-West IDEC Conference at our College for the past few years (organized in great part with the help of Elizabeth Wersells, a Harrington Interior Design instructor and IDEC Member).

You can learn more about Harrington College’s Interior Design College program in this great short film Dr. John Martin-Rutherford was recently featured in:

About Dr. John Martin-Rutherford:John Martin-Rutherford is Harrington College of Design’s Interior Design Department Chair and newly selected President-Elect of IDEC. With an extensive design background, John began his education with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Art from The Centre College of Kentucky. From there, he continued his educational journey with a second Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and a Master’s of Interior Design from University of Kentucky in Louisville where he also taught and worked at an architecture firm for several years. Soon after, he relocated to Austin, TX where he had the opportunity to work with the renowned Dr. Charles Moore at the University of Texas, where he also attained a Master’s Degree in Architecture. After working with Dr. Moore on several projects, John moved to San Francisco where he worked as the Director of Interior Design and architectural project manager for Leo A. Daly Co. He also pursued a PhD from Berkeley in Architecture, but returned to his home state of Kentucky to attend University of Louisville and obtain the last of his six degrees–a PhD in Urban Design.

From urban think tanks to running his own practice, the JM-R Studio, to teaching, Dr. John Martin-Rutherford has led a vibrant role in the interior design industry and is also a huge promoter of the arts in all areas of his life.


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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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