Carmita Sanchez-Fong, Fashion Institute of Technology - Interior Design Department, will present a service-learning model aimed at integrating the efforts of like-minded interior designers, architects, and contractors who believe that the design of the physical environment matters, shapes lives, and empowers people.
The concept was tested at the Fashion Institute of Technology when students, under faculty guidance, served the families in Long Beach to rebuild their homes after Super Storm Sandy; and later, at The Bowery Mission Women’s Shelter, Hephzibah House, and Living Waters Community Center. In particular, students took part in field surveys, client interviews, schematic design layouts, proposed finishes, and participated in hands-on construction.
The presentation of the service-learning model will be complemented by a panel discussion among key players on these projects followed by a Q&A with the audience.
Carmita Sanchez-Fong focuses on the advancement of interior design service-learning in higher education with the goal of enriching the student’s experience while responding to the needs of families and non-profit organizations in need of responsibly designed built environments. She is an Associate Professor and Assistant Chair in the Interior Design Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology where she spearheads the department’s service-learning initiatives.
Veronica Kelly, Special Projects Manager, Bowery Mission
Cheryl Mitchell, Director, Bowery Mission
Miguel Melendez, Construction Manager, Bowery Mission
Joanna Kraszewska, Interior Designer, Fashion Institute of Technology alumna
Lisbeth Jimenez, Student, Fashion Institute of Technology
Nicole Migeon, Adjunct Professor, Fashion Institute of Technology
Carmita Sanchez-Fong, Associate Professor, Fashion Institute of Technology
Organized by: AIA New York Chapter