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Harrington students travel the world to experience cultures outside their own – from gallery shows in SoHo New York City, Rural Design in Alabama and ancient shrines in Kyoto, the specific reason for the cultural journey can vary: to learn, to work or to help. For one Harrington interior design student, all three reasons brought her to London.

Now in her third year of Interior Design at the Harrington College of Design, Rahela Titean grew up in the Chicagoland area. “To me, interior design is the perfect balance between the aesthetic and the mechanical. It’s the best of both worlds,” Rahela shared. This semester, she is continuing her Interior Design studies at the American Intercontinental University in London where she is taking Sustainable Design and the History of Interior Architecture, as well as working in an internship and charity opportunity.

Rahela learned of the internship from her advisor, who helped her locate a position that would be able to fulfill her service hours for her Service and Leadership scholarship as well as her internship requirements while studying abroad. “It was a perfect match. I wanted to study abroad in London because I knew there wouldn’t be a language barrier and because I’ve always wanted to visit London.

One of the great things I have realized over these past few days is the huge cultural diversity in London. I hear at least four different languages spoken on the street just on the way to school. Also, I have class with people from all over the world – Venezuela, Bangladesh, Kenya and Sweden, just to name a few. It’s very interesting to hear their point of view on topics discussed in class,” Rahela said.
Keep reading tomorrow to learn about her charity work!

Photo courtesy Rahela Titean

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In April and May of 2010, eleven Harrington students traveled throughout Japan, studying design and culture. The group of students included representatives from every Harrington program: Digital Photography, Communication Design, and both bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates in Interior Design. Kyoto and Tokyo were the primary destinations, but the group also visited the ancient capital of Nara, the city of Osaka, the Inner Shrine at Ise, and the small coastal town of Hase.

The students’ work from this trip will be showcased in the Madison Street Gallery from August 6th– August 31st. Please stop by and check out!

Harrington College of Design’s
International Studies Japan Gallery
Madison Street Gallery, 1st Floor
200 West Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60606

Photo above is of the 2010 Harrington student group from Japan, taken at Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto, Japan.

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