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NARIFor the ninth consecutive year, the 53rd annual Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Show will hold an Interior Design Competition, and for the first time MIAD sophomores are throwing their hats into the ring. 

Interior Architecture and Design Professor Robert Lynch’s Work Space/Office Design class will design a 12’ x 12’ space that incorporates a pet theme into the display. The student designers will compete against three area colleges, and intend to draw attention to the Wisconsin Humane Society and its “Adopt” program with their display. 

The class decided to thoughtfully address the pet theme instead of designing a space that pandered directly to animal consumption. According to the students, pets comfortably inhabit the spaces that we design for ourselves and find ways to make our homes into their homes. Madeline Witkus ’17 (Interior Architecture and Design) stated that MIAD’s display “appeals to human nature the way taking care of a pet appeals to human nature.”

GrunwaldTheir display will include the highest quality Interior Architecture and Design work from all levels of MIAD students. Bryanna Pishion ’17 (Interior Architecture and Design) designed a wooden sawhorse that will be displayed with a riding saddle to combine the comfort of humans with the comfort of animals.

The 2015 Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Show will be held at the State Fair Exposition Center in West Allis, Thursday, February 12 – Sunday, February 15.

Click here to read about MIAD’s Interior Architecture and Design program.

Image: Wesley Grunwald ’14 (Integrated Studio Arts), Wooden Bench with Lab