October 27, 2015Comments are off for this post.

Interior Design Student Attends ASID GO PRO in New York

Senior Interior Design student, Anthony Cinque, was selected to attend ASID's GO PRO event in New York City earlier this month. The two-day program brings together students and emerging professionals from across the country. The event was held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and included presentations by SHoP Architects and Goldstick Lighting, as well as a panel discussion that included Susan Szenasy, Editor-in-Chief of Metropolis Magazine. GO PRO is an opportunity for education and networking. Congratulations, Anthony, on your successful application to attend this unique design industry event!

July 24, 2015Comments are off for this post.

Interior Design Student will be ASID Student Representative

Anthony Cinque, a senior in the Sage College of Albany Interior Design Program, will serve a one-year term as the Student Representative to the Board for our local chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID NYU/CE) beginning in the fall semester.
To prepare for the position, Anthony traveled to Boston in July for ASID’s Chapter Leadership Conference. During the weekend-long training conference Anthony met fellow ASID members from our chapter and across the nation.
Anthony's term as Student Representative starts on October 1st and we are looking forward to his participation on our chapter board.

April 24, 2015Comments are off for this post.

Interior Design Students Complete CANstruction Project

Recently, the Interior Design Program participated in CANstruction, a unique charity event organized by local design and construction industry professionals. Teams designed sculptures made entirely of canned foods which were on display at the New York State Museum for two weeks in the beginning of April. This year's them was heroes and the Interior Design Program designed a structure based on a Captain America comic book cover. Our team's "Captain AmeriCAN" was composed of over 2,000 cans of food which were donated to local food pantries at the close of the event. Our students raised over $5,000 for this event and were awarded the Team Spirit trophy for their hard work on this project. You can learn more about CANstruction at www.canstruction.org.

April 24, 2015Comments are off for this post.

Students Participate in New York Eleven Plus Exhibitions

The Sage College of Albany Interior Design Program recently participated in the annual New York Eleven Plus (NY11+) exhibition. Sage interior design student work was on display alongside the work of students from other New York State interior design programs in locations in both Albany and New York City. NY11+ is an opportunity for both students and professionals to be involved in educating the public and our state legislators about the work done by professional interior designers. You can learn more about the organization here.

February 8, 2015Comments are off for this post.

Interior Design Students Display Work at Home Expo

The Interior Design Program was represented at the Times Union Home Expo for the first time this year. The program shared space with Albany Center Gallery on the stage of the Convention Center at Empire State Plaza. This was a great opportunity for students to show their work to the community. Student work on display featured many projects from Residential Design courses, as well as several commercial and lighting design projects.

February 8, 2015Comments are off for this post.

Interior Design Students Win NKBA Chapter Awards

Members of the senior class of Sage's Interior Design Program attended the NY Tri-State NKBA Chapter awards gala on December 3rd at the Saratoga National Golf Club. Congratulations to Lacy O'Brien and Kimberly Houle for their award nominations, to Jessica Dorsett for her 2nd place finish for the Langford Award, and to Robert Brisson for his 1st place Langford Award and Best Student Design award.

October 29, 2014Comments are off for this post.

Interior Design Students Present to Board of Trustees

On Thursday, October 23rd, the senior class of the Interior Design Program presented their design for "From Concept to Console: Art and Aesthetics in Video Game Design" to the Sage Colleges Board of Trustees. Their presentation was followed by a brief question and answer session led by President Susan Scrimshaw. Congratulations to our senior class for putting together a professional presentation for the board members.

September 26, 2014Comments are off for this post.

Interior Design Students Collaborate with Opalka Gallery on Design of Upcoming Exhibition

When “From Concept to Console: Art and Aesthetics in Video Game Design” opens this coming spring in the Opalka Gallery, the exhibition will feel familiar to some of the students in Sage’s Interior Design program. That’s because last semester Assistant Professor Janice Medina’s Contract II class worked on an exhibition design project for Opalka Gallery Director, Elizabeth Greenberg. The collaboration marks the first time that interior design students will witness aspects of their design work used by the Opalka Gallery while they are undergraduates at Sage.

The project was completed during the students’ junior level Contract II course. In this advanced design studio, students explore the process of space planning and design as it relates to complex interior environments. The Spring 2014 semester was especially exciting as students worked on two projects for actual clients. Presentations to the clients provided students with the opportunity to gain valuable client feedback. For the Opalka Gallery project, students benefitted from the close proximity to their client. They were able to have several meetings with Greenberg as the project progressed and visited the gallery on multiple occasions.


Students worked as a group of four and were responsible for making their own decisions regarding the division of work assignments and the deliverables produced for the client. As student Lacy O’Brien ‘15 points out, “This was the first project where our whole class got to work together as a team; it was great to see how our individual skill sets and knowledge gained over our time here could be brought together in a unified and cohesive design for the gallery."


By the spring semester of their junior year, interior design students have proficiency in a wide variety of software programs and applications. Many current design technologies were utilized for this project. In addition to conceptual development, students needed to figure out how to accurately model the gallery space. To begin, students site measured the entire Opalka Gallery and then drafted scaled floor plans and elevations in AutoCAD. Information from AutoCAD drawings was used with the laser cutter to create walls for the physical model. The model was constructed from a variety of paperboard products. Additionally, the students created realistic perspective views using SketchUp, Photoshop, and various lighting plug-ins. The final model and renderings helped the client to visualize the project.


The students also made use of the laser cutter when creating mock-ups for framing options. Students designed three options for framing and Greenberg, as client, selected her preferred method; a system utilizing two sheets of plexiglas with artwork sandwiched between them and held in place with anodized aluminum standoffs.

Work on this project is ongoing, with class member Jessica Dorsett ’15 spending her work study hours in the Opalka Gallery this semester. Jessica is further developing a series of plexiglass “pixels” - hanging boxes to be suspended in the gallery space for the duration of the exhibition. To figure out the best method for constructing these boxes, Jessica is researching adhesive products and testing different methods of cutting the plexiglass.


This type of inter-disciplinary project is essential as our design students move into a world where they will be required to design for a variety of clients, such as healthcare providers, educators, retailers, and more, while working alongside architects, lighting specialists, engineers, and other professionals. As student Lacy O’Brien states, “We were really proud to be able to provide solutions for real-life design problems, especially specific to our school. We felt like we were giving back”.

July 8, 2014No Comments

Interior Design Student Will Serve As ASID Representative

Kimberly Houle, a senior in the Sage College of Albany Interior Design Program, will serve a one-year term as a Student Representative to the Board for our local chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID NYU/CE) beginning in the fall semester.
To prepare for the position, Kimberly traveled to Los Angeles in June for ASID’s Chapter Leadership Training session. The Chapter Leadership Training was held during Dwell on Design, a 3-day long, modern living design event with over 400 exhibitors. The events were attended by interior designers from across the country.
Before leaving California, Kimberly found time to squeeze in some sight-seeing, visiting Frank Gehry’s Disney Concert Hall as well as the Eames Case Study House in Pacific Palisades.
The 2014-2015 academic year is the first year that Sage will have an official Student ASID Chapter and we are looking forward to Kimberly’s participation on our chapter board.

June 12, 2014No Comments

Interior Design Student Work Shown at NeoCon

The Interior Design Program is pleased to announce that work by the following students was on display at NeoCon from June 9-11 in Chicago: Diana Ayala Bedoya, Robert Brisson, Caitlyn Coon, Kimberly Houle, and Michaela Schumaci. Their work was part of student programming at NeoCon, the interior design industry’s largest trade show in North America. NeoCon is held annually at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago and is attended by designers, manufacturers, students, and other industry professionals.
You can see more images of the student work on display, as well as other images of the NeoCon trade show on our Flickr photostream. For more information about NeoCon, please visit http://www.neocon.com.