The interior design program at Woodbury University’s School of Architecture has received a $75,000 grant from the Angelo Donghia Foundation.
The Angelo Donghia Foundation is part of the renowned furniture company Donghia Inc., founded by the late American interior designer Angelo Donghia. The award will be used over a three-year period for a senior studio program for interior design students and will help fund “field study expenses,” allowing students to gain hands-on experience during the course. of their final year of study.
“One of the promises of fieldwork is the potential to extend learning beyond the academic environment, synthesizing many types and modalities of education and providing an active relationship between the acquisition of knowledge and knowledge content,” shared Professor Heather Peterson, who will lead the grant and was also the author of the grant proposal.
Grant co-author and professor of interior design at Woodbury, Kristoph Korner, explained: “It is difficult to simulate the real physical experience of interior spaces. ‘inside.’ He added: “The scholarship will allow our students to visit exemplary places. To go see spaces, to feel them, to hear the sounds of their bodies going through them and to use all their senses for a holistic experience.
Woodbury is one of many top design schools to receive funding through the foundation since its inception in 2001. Other institutions include the Rhode Island School of Design and last year’s recipient, the California College of the Arts. In a statement, department chair Branka Olson said she believes the end result will teach students in the BFA program “about enhancing the human experience through the power of design.”
Professor Peterson added: “It also seeks to broaden students’ understanding of where and how learning can occur, and to produce greater magnifications in their work, and the relevance of their work in the world. We believe that the capstone year is particularly suited to bring the merits of empirical study into alignment with the focus and specificity of each student’s self-directed senior project work, enabling them to enhance and develop their voice and their values as designers as they move from academia to the wider world.