Interior Architecture + Design: Success
IAD CAREER PATHS
Common Job Titles:
- Interior Designer
- Facility Planner
- Exhibit Designer
- Model Builder
- Visual-Merchandising Designer
Types of Projects and Work:
- Office space
- Residential space
- Retail space
- CAD — Computer Aided Design
- Displays and exhibits
- Wall coverings
Types of Businesses:
- Architecture firms
- Interior design firms
- Custom design/build firms
- Exhibit/display design firms
Businesses where MIAD interior graduates have been employed:
interior design and architecture As You Like It
furniture designer, manufacturer
Aurora Health Care
interior design firm
Catral Doyle Creative
graphic/interior design studio
Continuum Architects / Planners
Design/Build Lansdscape Company
Engberg Anderson Design Partnership
Eppstein Uhen Architects
Field Paoli Architects
architecture and urban design
Forrer Business Interiors
business interior consulting and sales
furniture and interiors
Frank Mayer & Associates, Inc.
point of purchase, display design
Gould Evans Affiliates
Hay Dobbs Architects
Interior Systems, Inc.
interior design, retail design
Jordy Carter Commercial Interiors, Inc.
commercial office interiors
Kinetikos Medical - KM1
implant manufacturer, medical
manufacturer, durable plumbing
Lively Designs and P&H Interiors
design & furniture company
Mehmert Store Services
Poggenpohl US Inc.
european kitchen design
furniture design, interior architecture
Superior Exhibits & Design, Inc.
Tate Snyder Kimsey Architects
Wynn O. Jones & Associates, Inc.
interior design, interior decorating, furniture
Zimmermann Design Group
interior design firm
From Student Unions to Showcase Homes: A Designer's Passion for Space.
- attended New Berlin West High School, New Berlin, WI
- graduated 1999, BFA Interior Architecture + Design
- currently an Interior Architect + Designer at P & H Interiors, www.pnhinteriors.com
"Growing up, I wanted to be a fighter pilot, which ironically brought me full circle. I loved building model jets, and that taught me the importance of scale, detail, and patience, which are all essential to being a designer." Even before graduating from MIAD, Aeron Knutson was a designer on the move. As a junior, Knuston created a fresh and innovative coffee bar design for the remodel of MIAD's Student Union, a project which opened a number of professional doors on the road to a career in Interior Architecture +Design. And what a successful road it has been. Over the next two years, Knutson would go on to design workstations and display walls, and propose full-scale renovations for a variety of spaces within MIAD's academic facility. While a student, the recognition of Knutson's progressive designs for MIAD attracted a number of outside clients, and generated several substantial commission projects, leading him to start his own company upon finishing his degree. His company's commissions included space and furniture design for the William F. Eisner Museum of Advertising & Design, Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, Massive Records, as well as many Milwaukee area private residences. Knutson has since obtained a lucrative position in a leading Interior Architecture + Design firm in Southern Florida.
Q. What is your first memorable experience with art and design? A. As far back as I can remember, I have always loved art and the power of creativity. My first memorable experience with architecture and design was when my senior high school art teacher did a presentation on "Architecture Is Art, Too." I remember how well Mr. Heil presented Frank Lloyd Wright's concepts in "Falling Water," and how he made architecture interesting and fun by discussing architecture philosophy, composition, and aesthetics. That was when it hit me, and I remember thinking to myself, "I could really love doing this."
Q. How did your MIAD education affect where you are today? A. While at MIAD, I developed a strong portfolio of fabricated work, and gained invaluable real-world work experience. MIAD gave me great confidence in my work, and by my sophomore year I knew I would love designing for the rest of my life. I was given great opportunities to design and build my concepts during my four years in IA+D at MIAD. One of the most valuable things I learned at MIAD was presentation. I saw some great ideas lost because the work was not presented well. Q. What's the one thing you would tell a high school student who is considering attending MIAD now that you've experienced life after graduation? A. I was given a great opportunity to discover my passion for design, without knowing a thing about architecture before I attended MIAD. Now, I'm a successful architectural designer with skilled knowledge in my profession.
Q. Please define how you saw your major while you were in school, and how that definition has changed over the years. A. It's funny, I saw architecture as something boring and lifeless before I knew anything about it. In fact, it was intimidating because I didn't think I would like all the math and technical things in involved with it. Now, it's the most interesting and exciting subject I would want to study, and all the technical material has just become common knowledge. Q. Are there any specific parts of your résumé that you would like to share? Notable spaces that you've created? A. I am currently working on Custom Showcase Homes (luxury model homes) for new neighborhood communities in South Florida. While a student, I was very privileged to design my personal work station at MIAD, the Student Union Coffee Bar, Interior Architecture + Design display walls, and oversee, along with fellow IA+D major Deborah Baumgart and Professor Bob Lynch, the renovation of MIAD's fourth floor Illustration Department. That work is a great example of the potential success a determined student can achieve while attending MIAD.