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INTERIOR DESIGN: The Market, the Trends and the Question

“Professionally the outlook for the Interior Design industry in 2011 is rosier than 2010 for both employment as well as clients. Several sectors of the business are reporting increases from Hospitality to Health Care. Architectural billings have increased. A considerable amount of work is out of the country in places such as China, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong leading the charge in that order. Europe is also waking up slowly in terms of Hospitality according to La Salle, one of the biggest developers in the world. However, in the US the banks have been slow in lending and this has kept the markets tight. Housing is still stumbling in terms of the economy. How does this impact us locally? Students have been getting interviews with larger firms who are hiring to meet their work overseas. Predictions are slow and rising for the year however this is welcome news versus the negative recent trends from the past several years.

What are some of the design areas that will impact the 2011 and beyond? Usually after each recession there is a new path formed in the design world. Everyone agrees that the past ten years and Frank Gehry type design star system will be less pronounced. With the computer no longer being a new tool but rather a tool of the trade with technology updates (which program is the hottest…), I believe the profession will be more focused on building for a global community. On the other end of the spectrum, local firms will concentrate on delivering high touch solutions to specific client needs based on small town, neighborhood and community involvement.

LEED projects are the word of the day for government and municipalities. This has influenced the choice of materials that designers are choosing. Recent updates in thermoplastics and glass will have designers busy using these materials in a creative and surprising way.

As far as new methods of designing…virtual reality may be something that will be with us soon. Three dimensional television is here, so design in three dimensions will rule the future of practice and education as it always has. 

With all of the above in mind, the question is are we, as designers, up to the task of making meaningful environments for people to live enriched lives?”

Constantine D. Vasilios, B.ARCH., M. ARCH., AIA, NCARB, IIDA, NCIDQ
Interior Design Instructor, Harrington College of Design
Principal, Design Director of Constantine Vasilios & Associates, Ltd.

Photo courtesy New Launches

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Think that your education opportunities end when you graduate? Absolutely not! Take advantage of some great upcoming Continuing Education workshops being offered by Harrington College of Design’s Center for Professional Development!  Best of all – these workshops are available to the general public with special rates for Harrington Alumni and current students.

A variety of workshops are available: from In Design to Photoshop to Opus Residential, find the perfect class to help finesse your skills or gain knowledge in a new area.

CPD MONTHLY WORKSHOP SERIES*: Friday, January 28th,12pm – 3pm, Room 426
The “CPD Monthly Workshop Series” is delivered monthly and covers resume, cover letter and portfolio preparation.

  • IN DESIGN:  Saturday, January 29, 9am – 2pm, Room 417
  • OPUS I: RETAIL*:  Friday, February 4, 12pm – 1pm, Room 426
  • OPUS II: RESIDENTIAL*:  Friday, February 11, 12pm – 1pm, Room 426
  • PHOTOSHOP I & II:  Saturday, February 12, 9am – 2pm, Room 417
  • PHOTOSHOP III & IV:  Saturday, February 19, 9am – 2pm, Room 417
  • 3D AUTOCAD: Saturday, February 26, 9am – 2pm, Room 417
  • SKETCHING:  Saturday, February 26, 9am – 2pm, Room 426
  • IN DESIGN: Saturday, March 5, 9am – 2pm, Room 417
  • MODERNISMO: BRAZILIAN DESIGN I*:  Friday, March 11,12pm – 1pm, Room 426
  • MODERNISMO: BRAZILIAN DESIGN II*:  Friday, March 18,12 pm – 1pm, Room 426
  • CPD MONTHLY WORKSHOP SERIES:  Friday, February 25, 12pm – 3pm, Room 426
  • ILLUSTRATOR I & II:  Saturday, March 12, 9am – 2pm, Room 417
  • ILLUSTRATOR III & IV:  Saturday, March 19, 9 am – 2pm, Room 417
  • CPD MONTHLY WORKSHOP SERIES:  Friday, March 25,12pm – 3pm, Room 426
  • 3D AUTOCAD:  Saturday, March 26, 9am – 2pm, Room 417
  • LEED:  Saturday, April 2, 9am – 2pm, Room 417
  • REVIT:  Saturday, April 9, 9am – 2pm, Room 417
  • CPD MONTHLY WORKSHOP SERIES: Friday, April 29, 12pm – 3pm, Room 426


  • General Public: $195
  • Harrington Alumni, IIDA, ASID Members: $120
  • Current Students: $90

Registration is first-come, first-served, and space is limited, so RSVP today! All workshops will be taught in classrooms at Harrington College, 200 W. Madison (west entrance), NW corner of Madison & Wells, Chicago, IL 60606 unless otherwise noted. 

Courses marked with an asterisk* are free of charge, but you must RSVP.

Contact Camille Harris at charris@harringtoncollege.com with any questions or for a signup form!  Harrington Alumni/students: you can RSVP via Eventbrite.

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Did you recently start a new job or a new business or receive an award? Did you pass the LEED Exam or the NCIDQ? Have you recently gotten married or had a baby? We want to publish your news in our next Harrington alumni newsletter!!

If you have news you would like to include, please email emily.andersson@gmail.com. Submissions for the February newsletter are due by Tuesday, February 9th. Please include your name and graduation year.

Keep an eye on your inbox for the November newsletter and find out what your fellow alumni are up to! If you haven’t received a copy of the newsletter via email before and would like to receive one in the future, please contact us to get your name added to the list.

Thank you,
The Harrington Alumni Association Board

Also Harrington Alumni – if you would like to share a white paper, have your design business highlighted, or have some advice you would be willing to share in this blog for current design students please contact me at
info@harringtoncollege.com, I’d love to hear from you!

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