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New Program Coordinator, Visit From ARIDO and What You Should Read: Guest Blog by BID Program Chair

The days are getting cooler and there are lots of lovely fall sweaters coming out around our Steeles campus. As we shift seasons and enter the Fall term, I would like to share with you all the latest news from the Bachelor of Interior Design program at RCC Institute of Technology.


Firstly, this is will be my second term as the Chair of the Interior Design Program at RCC Institute of Technology and I am looking forward to continuing to work with all of the students and faculty.


I would also like to extend a heartfelt welcome to our new BID Program Coordinator Amy Bagshaw, and she currently teaches Art History (on campus and online) and will be teaching Design & Society in the fall.  She has been hired as Program Coordinator effective September 19.




Read more about Amy and her impressive background here.


Congratulations to our faculty member Dr. Maha Salman and student Josie Abate, whose paper was named Best Paper at the ICT4S 2016 Conference in Amsterdam in August. You can read more about the paper here.




This fall there is an exciting opportunity for all of our students to participate in an international student interior design competition that will require your involvement from Sept 19-Oct 7.  Students have a chance to win cash prizes for their collaborative design solution to a particular design problem.  Anyone who is interested should email me by Sunday, Sept 18 for further information.


On October 5, from Noon to 2 p.m. (room to be announced) there is a BID Meet and Greet and a presentation by ARIDO, the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario. Students from all terms are encouraged to come to this informal meet and greet where you can meet your peers and faculty. ARIDO will join us from 1 to 2 p.m. to discuss free membership, volunteer opportunities and answer your questions.


Please note the BID Lighting Lunch And Learn has been rescheduled to October 17. For this month’s Lunch and Learn, we will welcome Steve Sharpe as the guest speaker. Steve will discuss new innovations within the lighting industry. Steve is an industry trained lighting professional with over 30 years experience. He is the senior technical sales consultant at Union lighting where he has worked for 16 years. The Lunch and Learn takes place  from 1 to 2 p.m. in Room 113.


Finally, as always, I would like to encourage you to always be reading and exploring your industry.


I recently read and loved this article about an always an inspirational festival, Burning Man: The Weird and WonderfulInstallations of Burning Man 2016.




What I’m currently reading in my (limited) free time, is Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry, by Paul GoldbergerWhy? Gehry is easily one of my favourite architects and Toronto-born! There is nothing better than a good read especially if it means learning more about his journey and process.


What are you reading these days? Share your favourite articles with your peers by posting them to our Facebook Page here or tweeting about them with the hashtag #BID@RCC.



Erin Melvin is the Chair of the Bachelor of Interior Design at RCC Institute of Technology and she is also a graduate of that program. Read more about Erin here.


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