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Article and photo courtesy Harrington College of Design Alumni Newsletter, Winter 2010 Issue

Sara Sacra (AST ID1987), a Harrington College of Design Interior Design program alumna, is a talented interior design leader with over 20 years experience. Having worked for both architecture and interior design firms, Sara has built an extensive portfolio featuring a wide range of project types. As a young designer, her early positions with prominent firms like ISD were demanding and competitive workplaces where she received great exposure working alongside talented, creative and technical professionals like Gary Lee. Sara credits her Harrington instructor, Barbara Marks for demanding excellence by providing tough lessons that prepared her for the real world of presenting design to clients and thinking on her feet.

After 16 years in corporate/commercial design, Sara fell into the practice area of healthcare upon assignment of the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis. Sara’s project research began by studying “evidence based design” which was proving that the environment where healthcare is given can profoundly affect the care giver, the patient family, and of course the patient’s outcome. Sara embraced the opportunity to employ these new design concepts into the cancer center project.

“Because of a variety of code restrictions and other health related requirements, innovation can be very challenging for the designer, who is sometimes exposed to very sobering realities that he/she might not otherwise face,” Sara shared. On the cancer center project, Sara worked with a focus group of patients who offered a solid understanding of their experiences with cancer treatment. This enabled the design team to make more informed decisions, which were essential in making the project personal and successful.

“Healthcare Design has changed dramatically in the past decade. Today healthcare is a competitive business and hospitals are vying for patients/customers. People are more selective today regarding where they want to deliver a baby, receive diagnostic tests, or undergo outpatient procedures. As more hospitals renovate or replace aging structures with new state of the art facilities, the healthcare design industry grows. Healthcare design combines all types of disciplines including food service, retail stores, public spaces, administrative offices and board rooms, as well as patient rooms, and requires designers who have a wide breadth of knowledge and experience,” Sara said.

Currently, Sara Sacra (AST ID 1987) is a Partner with Auer Design Associates, designing for commercial, corporate, healthcare, senior living and residential markets.

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This feature is continued from yesterdayHarrington College Admissions Advisors, Jennifer Griffith shares what sets prospective students apart when being considered for Harrington!

“In addition to being motivated, creative and having done their research, a great prospective student has talked to their friends, families, spouses and loved ones – the people who are going to be supporting them through college morally, emotionally, and sometimes even financially. College is a tough transition for any type of student, whether they are coming right out of high school or an adult returning to school after some time, and the best candidates not only have the passion for their industry but someone to support them while they do it!

Also, they know they are ready to live in Chicago, the nation’s capitol for Interior Design, the world’s 3rd largest market for Digital Photographers, and a main hub for agencies, firms, and advertising. They know our program is here and they want to see their education through to its fullest potential by attending school in an area that offers opportunities for students, interns, practical experience and employment after graduation. Our candidates aren’t just waiting to find a school that’s the right fit, they are making it happen and are ready to change their lives and career path TODAY.

Last but not least, the design industry, regardless of major, thrives on communication and the ability to meet deadlines. Our best candidates are organized and on top of meeting deadlines from the start of the admissions process and as they are working towards acceptance. This best prepares our candidates for the class style, completing assignments, and getting prepared for the professional world.”

Does this sound like you? Then it’s time to give us a call!  Keep reading Monday when I’ll share more insight from Jennifer on what professionals essentials help you get in to each of the programs!

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We often get questions from prospective students on what we’re looking for in our potential students… To get some info from those who know best, I spoke with Jennifer Griffith, one of our wonderful Admissions Advisors who actually has a background and education in clinical psychology! Jennifer works with students coming in from out of state or the country to attend Harrington, as well as local students entering college for the first time directly from high school. This is what she shared…

“Ideally, a candidate for Harrington is both motivated and creative. Professional design schools can be tough to find, so these students are dedicated to their passion in Interior Design, Communication Design and Photography and they know how to do their research. Typically, my best candidates have been checking out professional organizations and groups, following blogs, reading popular magazines and articles, and finding ways to outlet their interest until they have formal training. For example, many interior design candidates are already re-designing their own spaces or doing so for friends and family. Photography students are out taking photos: even if they don’t have professional equipment, they may have taken some photo courses in high school or have a natural talent. Communication Design students also outlet their interest in a number of ways…painting, drawing, using Adobe Suite, etc., and they are ready to learn how to make an impact with design. Some of them have also done some job-shadowing, sought out internships, or connected with someone already in the industry.

They also research their industry and career possibilities to have an idea of what they may want to do after graduation. Our candidates didn’t just wake up and decide that design was for them-they live it every day and they are coming to Harrington to be best prepared for the professional world (and we are ready to provide that preparation!)

Keep reading tomorrow to find out more!

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