For the professional practice class we had the opportunity to travel to Altanta, GA to visit several showrooms and design firms. We were blessed to have Bettye Russell, of Herman Miller, as our host. We appreciate her planning and organizing the itinerary for the trip.
Our first day was spent visiting Interface Flor, TVS Design, Gensler, and Cooper Cary. We were honored to meet with Michel Belland from Interface Flor, Paula Carr from TVS Design, Richard Macri, the Director of Design at Gensler, and Richard Stonis, the Design Director at Cooper Cary.
The second day we started at Herman Miller (drooling over anything Eames), where Bettye Russell spoke to us, then we headed next door to AI3 to speak with Lucy Aiken-Johnson, the principle and founder of this small, forward-moving firm, which I believe all of us fell in love with. Then we headed to ASD to speak with Mike Neiswander.
Each place that we visited presented a short presentation about their firm/showroom, and current projects that they are working on. Then following the presentation we received a tour of each. For me this was the best part. It was interesting how the each of the firms were all different in the way they worked, and collaborated. Each has created a system that works for them. It was encouraging because in a way they were all similar to our own studio structure. They each all ranged in size and in types of projects.
This was such a great experience meeting with some very talented people and some of the top firms in the country.
Maiken posing next to the her favorite, the tulip table.