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The Academy of Design faculty has a strong reputation for instructors who are dedicated professionals and design experts practicing in their fields.

ERIN MELVIN, MA.ID., NCIDQ, ARIDO

Program Chair

Erin Melvin graduated from Humber College and is a registered Interior Designer (NCIDQ) with extensive experience in corporate office, government, hospitality, dental and custom residential design.  In 1999, she started her own registered full-scope design practice Dexterity Design that specialized in dental and custom residential design.

Erin has also been an adjunct professor in post-secondary Interior Design education for over a decade, teaching at various colleges in the Toronto area.  From 2010-2012 she was acting Program Coordinator of the award winning Interior Design program at Sheridan College.  Committed to life-long learning, Erin returned to attain her Bachelor of Interior Design degree from RCCIT (’13) and most recently completed a Master of Arts in Interior Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).

An active member of the design and education community, Erin currently sits on the Development Committee for the Alternative Pathways Taskforce (ARIDO) and continues to practice professionally (re:think design studio) and volunteer her time in community initiatives. Melvin is the Chair of the Interior Design program at RCC/Yorkville University.

 AMY BAGSHAW, MFA, B.Ed

Program Coordinator

Amy Bagshaw earned her BFA from Queen’s University in 2002, and MFA from Stony Brook University, New York, with a focus on fibre installation and multi -media in 2006.  A Graduate Women’s Studies Scholar, her practice extends to Gender Studies and Visual Theory. She is a practicing artist who has exhibited through Canada, the United States, and Europe. Bagshaw has received an Ontario Arts Council Grant, has had a Residency at The Banff Centre, and her work can be seen on the cover of Feminist Time Against Nation Time (Dietrich and Hesford, 2008).  With a degree in Arts Education, Amy has taught in the Art Departments of Centennial College in Toronto, Stony Brook University in Long Island, NY, Thompson Rivers University (BC via Georgian College) and Georgian College in Barrie, ON.  Currently, Bagshaw is a Professor and Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Interior Design program at RCC/Yorkville University.

SHERI CRAWFORD, MA.ID., ARIDO, IDC, NCIDQ, BCIN

Core Faculty

Upon graduating from Sheridan College’s Interior Design Diploma Program (’96), Sheri began working within Design and Architecture firms focusing on multi-tenant facilities and elderly care. She has owned and operated slc designs Ltd. for fifteen years; a commercial Interior Design firm focusing on corporate interiors, healthcare clinics and adaptive re-use buildings within Ontario.  She is a Building Code Certified designer and in 2007, Sheri received an Urban Architecture and Design Award.  In 2002 Sheri joined ARIDO and became Secretary/Treasurer, President-Elect, and President as well as her current Chair position which has spanned over 6 years.  After completing her BID degree at RCC in 2013, Sheri taught at Sheridan College.  She completed her MA – Interior Design degree at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in 2016 and is a Core Faculty member at RCC/Yorkville University.

 ADAM ROLAND, MA.ID., NCIDQ

Core Faculty

Adam Roland holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in Interior Design. His experience includes national certification through NCIDQ (certificate No. 23532) as well as registration to practice commercial design through licensing with the state of Florida (RID No. ID5351). He has worked in the design industry for over 10 years with domestic and international clients including office, medical, retail, government, and hospitality projects. His education experience parallels his professional expertise with over 10 years of higher education instruction and curriculum development both on ground and online.

 DAN BOHLEN, M.Arch.

Dan is a managing partner of the Metropolitan Development Company, LLC. Our work has been in Planned Residential Development. Additionally, I have been working as a consultant for 20 years with Spector and Associates Architecture, a firm specializing in sustainable design. We earned status as the USGBC 2006 Legacy project, Colorado USGBC chapter 2006 Exemplary Project and Mayor’s Design Award for Nine 10 Arts, the restoration and conversion of five buildings in the Santa Fe Arts district changing from light industrial use to artist’s lofts, studios and galleries. We won the Stephen H. Hart Award for Historic Preservation from the Colorado History Society for our renovation of the Austin Building; a 102-year-old National Historic Landmark.

SANCHO BUSTAMANTE, B.Arch.Sc.

Sancho is a graduate of Ryerson University where he earned a degree in Architectural Science in 1995. He excelled in computer aided drafting and rendering. Shortly after graduation, Sancho began teaching CAD at various government sponsored training centres. It was his responsibility to create various course curriculums as well as teach. For the past 15+ years, Sancho has developed and taught many courses in Revit, Autocad, sketchup, photoshop, and other Cadd and graphic software programs. He has made teaching Cadd his life long career. When he is not teaching, Sancho has been working in the architectural field as a Cadd operator and designer. He brings his vast knowledge of how the architectural field operates into the class room.  His direct, logical, and simple approach to teaching makes him a vital asset to the school’s curriculum.

INESSA CHAPIRA, MDes, NCIDQ, ARIDO, IDC, LEED AP

Inessa is an accomplished Interior Designer with 19 years of experience in institutional, commercial and retail design.  Her passion for art and design guided her to study art at the Pedagogical University in Kazakhstan and to gain design knowledge by completing the Environmental Design program at OCAD University. Inessa is a creative thinker, strategist and innovator with a passion for improving people’s lives through the application of a human-centered design approach.  Inessa holds an MDes from the OCAD University in Strategic Foresight and Innovation program where she gained knowledge of new strategic design approaches.

In her practice, Inessa pursued a variety of interior design work since 1998 in several architectural and interior design firms.  Inessa is currently a practicing Designer and Planner at York University.  She continues working on numerous renovation projects within the campus and manages all aspects of the design process. Her strengths are her planning ability and natural aptitude for colour and conceptual design.  As a LEED Accredited Professional, Inessa has a growing interest in sustainability and the environment.  She always tries to find a balance in her designs between the user’s need with minimal environmental impact.

SIMON DI VINCENZO, M.Arch, OAA, PMP, MRAIC, LEED® AP

Simon holds a wide range of experience in both the practice of architecture and construction project management.    He began his professional experience within various architectural practices, working on developing drawings for single family residential homes and progressively gaining experience on townhouse, retail plaza, industrial warehouse, office space, parking garage, hospital, and master planning projects.  After 9 years within the architectural stream, he accepted a position within the Scotiabank Real Estate Department and worked as a Project Manager on bank projects in Central and South America.   Currently, Simon is the Project Architect at Ryerson University’s Campus Facilities and Sustainability Department working on simultaneous design and construction projects throughout the campus.   He has served on the Vaughan Heritage Committee, and currently volunteers as a member of the Ontario Association of Architects Experience Requirements Committee, the Vaughan Property Standards Committee, and as an assessor for the Broadly Experienced Foreign Architects Program.

 

MICHAEL GUIDO, M.Arch., OAA, LEED® AP.

With over 16 years of architectural and interior design expertise, complimented by a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Toronto, Michael has progressively gained insight and knowledge in low/high-rise residential, institutional and commercial work experience.  Soon after achieving a Diploma in Architectural Design Technology & a Post Graduate Certificate in Facility Planning from Humber College in 1998, He accepted a position at Urbana Architects / HOK Canada, working as a Design Architect for several of their large residential and hotel winning competition entries, located in the Middle East as   well as in Toronto.  Michael is currently the principle at mEsh28 Architects specialize in residential and commercial interiors.

PENNY FOBLER-CRESSY, MA.ID, NCIDQ, LEED, ARIDO

Penny is a registered interior designer and LEED Green Associate with over 20 years of experience in the corporate office and hospitality design and construction industries. She recently graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with her MA in Interior Design. Penny is an alumnus of the Bachelor of Interior Design program at RCC Institute of Technology which she completed online. She has accomplished several significant challenges in her career that include the corporate office designs of the TDL Head office buildings as well as coordinating the national renovation programs for the Tim Hortons restaurants.  She is an active member of the Southern Ontario Chapter of ARIDO and has held various positions on the board that included President.

NEDI GAVRILIU, MFA, M.Th., M.Eng.

Nedi is a visual artist and graphic communicator, a roundly-panoramic profile with a career spreading among Romania-Germany-Italy-France-Canada-USA, from the Biennale in Venice with video installations to teaching in OCAD, Toronto, Visual Communications & Art Direction, from teaching classical art and art theory in Paris to teaching Theology and Art of Icon in the theological academic milieu in USA, from art-directing and designing for BBDO, Young&Rubicam to art-directing cinema magazines and theme-based fashion shows in Bucharest and Paris, Nedi Gavriliu brings the colourfully-exotic breath of the very cultural milieu of Europe and a world-round perspective upon Visual Communication. Nedi speaks Romanian, English, French, German, Italian and holds Masters in Fine Arts, Engineering and Theology.

SUSAN HALL, MA.ID.

Susan’s master thesis, Enhancing Well-being: A Multisensory Interior Environmental Experience began the exploration of sensory design, which strongly informs many aspects of sustainable design.  Susan’s undergraduate work is in Fine Arts with an emphasis on 3D work, and holds a Masters in Interior Design from Washington State University. She brings a unique approach to solving design problems, both as artist and designer. Her pedagogical focus is to develop and facilitate a strong understanding of the current environmental issues as it relates to the interior design profession. With certification in Sustainable Building from NSBA and LEED GA, Susan brings her knowledge of sustainable design into her own practice with a specific focus on residential applications. She is currently pursuing NCIDQ certification and exploring options for Living Future Accreditation through the International Living Future Institute. Susan currently resides in Spokane, Washington.

BARBARA ISHERWOOD, MA

Barbara has a Masters in Art History from the University of Toronto, where she currently teaches in the School of Continuing Studies. Her writing has been published in Canadian Art, Border Crossings, FiberArts, Metalsmith, Studio, Raw Vision and more. She has a particular interest in photography and fine craft, and was award the Ontario Craft Council’s Critical Craft Writing Award in 2005.  She can be seen interviewing contemporary artists on the program ArtSync TV, aired weekly on Rogers Channel 10. Besides the visual arts her other great passion is music, which is the focus of her program Catwoman Radio, broadcast on CIUT 89.5 FM in Toronto.

GOLARA JALAPOUR, MA

Golara Jalalpour received her MA in Landscape Urbanism from the Architectural Association of Architecture in London, United Kingdom, where her thesis project was selected to be presented as one of the exceptional projects at AA open Jury. Her design was published in the AA Project Review book. She has worked as an architect and urban designer on a variety of projects at various scales including; the latest project was the Iran International Convention Hall complex, a hundred-hectare area.  Recently, she cooperated in the Landscape Urbanism exhibition; Critical Territories, in Iran which represented several urban projects that address the drastic urban expansion and environmental deterioration within contemporary cities.

 

BRENTWOOD JOLLEY, M.Arch.

Brent received his Master of Architecture Degree from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina, USA. He is also a graduate of Ryerson University’s Bachelor of Technology in Architectural Science Program. Prior to that he studied Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo. After completing his Master’s degree, he travelled extensively throughout south-east Asia, eventually settling in Kobe, Japan for 6 years. During that time, he worked as a designer for two different architectural firms on institutional, commercial and residential projects. After his return to Canada he worked at Parkin Architects Ltd. for more than a decade as chief graphic designer specializing in 3d modeling, graphics and renderings. Most recently, Brent has established a multi-disciplined business ranging from 3dgraphics to design/build services.

ELENA KORBOUT, MA, MES, ARIDO, IDC

Elena Korbout began her teaching career at International Academy of Design in 2003, working simultaneously with Interior Design firms on projects throughout North America.Her experience in interior design has a strong focus on residential, hospitality design and sustainable design.  Elena Korbout holds a Master of Arts (MA) Design Professional Practice degree from Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyme, UK.

At both Graduate and Undergraduate levels she taught previously in the Interior Design program at International Academy of Design and Raffles Design Institute, Singapore.

Elena has taught a variety of courses in the Interior Design Program, including Textiles, Lighting, Design Studios, AutoCAD (all 4 levels), Architectural Building Technology, Sustainable Practices and Interior Detailing. She loves working with students on inventive and technical subjects such as specifications, sustainable construction strategies and methods. She reinforces the process of design and inspires her students to take creative risks as they explore their design options and possibilities.

Her integrative design background includes formal training in sustainability, product and interior design. This initial exposure into experience of various disciplines allows her to sharpen her creativity.

ERIN MARTYN, MFA

Erin Martyn professional experience spans a variety of scales and clientele, Erin’s primary interest continues to be in crafting user-centered environments that emphasize both individual experience and communal connection. She has most recently practiced in the hospitality design sector, working as a Design Project Manager for an Atlanta, Georgia based firm as well as developing brand prototypes for Intercontinental Hotels Group. Her designs have been featured in several industry publications, including Contract Magazine and Lodging Magazine.

Erin earned an MFA in Interior Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she was awarded with Outstanding Thesis for her study of a new museum typology. In 2005, she received the Aunspaugh Fellowship for Painting from the University of Virginia’s McIntire Department of Art. Erin also holds a Bachelor’s degree with distinction in Studio Art and English Literature from the University of Virginia. She currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona.

 MAHA SALMAN, PhD., LEED® AP

Dr. Maha Salman is a LEED Accredited Professional architect. She received her PhD in Sustainable Architecture from the University of Huddersfield-UK, where she got The Vice Chancellor’s Award for an Outstanding Research Degree Thesis. Dr. Salman has gained her professional experience through studying and working in a number of institutions in UK, Canada, and The Middle East. Maha has worked at the University of Toronto teaching “Contemporary Architecture” and “Postcolonial Studies in Architecture” in addition to supervising a number of independent studies. Since 2009, Dr. Salman has joined Yorkville University where she taught several theory and studio based courses including: Research Methodologies, Philosophy of Design, Sustainability & Materials, Global Architecture and Design, Canadian Architecture, Documentation, and Moving Spaces.  Lately, Dr. Salman paper, “Sustainable and Smart: Rethinking What a Smart Home Is “, has got the Best Paper Award at the 4th International Conference on ICT for Sustainability (ICT4S) that was held in Amsterdam late August 2016.

AFSANEH VOLLMER, DEA/M.Des.

Afsaneh enrolled in the Ecole des Beaux Arts-Sion, Switerland and continued to study the visual arts at Middlesex County College, New Jersey and the New York Studio School where she obtained a Diploma in Fine Art. She further achieved a Bachelor of Art in Textile and Surface Design at FIT in New York, and a Master of Woven Design at the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Creation Industirelle in Paris. While studying fine art at New York Studio School one of her sculptures was awarded and chosen to be in a photo shoot for Vogue magazine. She also was among top creative students from FIT to present her design to Bill Blass. Afsaneh has many years of experience as a graphic artist producing wallpaper designs for wall covering printing companies. Meanwhile, she has continued painting with different forms of media, created decorative textiles and incorporated textiles into her paintings as a fusion of both in the form of collage. Afsaneh has had various solo and group exhibitions in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.

BRANDY VON KAENEL, Assoc. AIA, LEED BD+C AP, NCIDQ

Brandy has over 12 years of both on-ground and online teaching experience focused in Interior Design, CAD and architecture related courses.  She also currently manages her own interior design consulting business focusing on sustainable residential and light commercial projects.  She has worked on skilled nursing, assisted living, educational, multi-family and high-end residential design projects. In 2013, she volunteered with Architecture for Humanity to assist in the design of school facilities for children in Basa Nepal.  She earned a B. Sc in Interior Design and a dual Masters in Architecture and Urban Design as well as a Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Colorado at Denver, CO.  She was published in the Historical Studies Journal in 2010.

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