Department of Interior Design Personnel Changes

Jill DeMarotta
Jill DeMarotta will be assuming the role of chair of interior design.

As of Jan. 14, Lynn M. Jones will step down as chair of interior design and Jill DeMarotta will assume the helm. Lynn will continue as an interior design professor in the role of an affiliate faculty member working with the current MFA students through the end of spring term. She will maintain her role on Graduate Council this spring and will retire at the end of the spring term.

Jan Wehby has been hired as an affiliate faculty member in interior design. She received her BFA in Interior Design from Brenau in 1991 and her Master of Architecture from Virginia Tech in 2011. She will be teaching classes in both the Women’s College Day program and at the North Atlanta location. Please welcome Jan aboard!

The program will be conducting a national search this spring for an assistant/associate professor of interior design to begin in the fall of 2018. Please give Jill your support and congratulate her on her new role as chair of interior design!

Julia Zhu receives Design Award from ASID

Qingyuan Julia Zhu shows Brenau President Ed Schrader her honorable mention from the American Society of Interior Designers

Qingyuan “Julia” Zhu, a Master of Interior Design student, received an Honorable Mention in the Design Excellence Awards from the Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers for the “Best Commercial Design Concept” for her project in Commercial Office Studio.

“Her concept guided her design for the 7,000 square-foot facility,” noted Lynn M. Jones, chair of interior design and Zhu’s faculty member in the commercial design studio course. “Spatial development, office placement, ceiling design, lighting selections and even the color palette supported her client’s request for an interior embracing recent trends in commercial office layout to establish a highly cooperative environment, including sustainable characteristics.”

Zhu was thrilled by this award and pleased to show it to Brenau President Ed Schrader. Zhu is from Anhui Normal University and the first student to arrive on Brenau’s campus to spearhead Brenau’s collaboration with Anhui.

The Interior Design Department is honored to be a part of this international effort and thanks the many faculty, staff and administrators who have assisted Zhu in her educational efforts over the past two and a half years. Zhu, along with her classmates, will present their portfolios at the BFA/MID Portfolio Exhibition at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta from 2-4 p.m. Friday, August 11. More information will be forthcoming.

Congratulations, Julia!

MFA in Interior Design Ranked Third in U.S.

SR Education Group, a leading education research publisher, recently named the Brenau University Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design program No. 3 in the nation in its list of Top Online Colleges.

SR Education Group assembles its Top Online College rankings by analyzing accredited online schools across the nation, considering academic strength and rigor and annual tuition rates to provide a list of colleges offering the best value to students. Due to its high academic standards and commitment to affordability, Brenau ranked third in interior design degrees.

Brenau’s interior design master’s program began in 2010, helping designers to develop evidence-based skills bridging practice and research, as well as preparing these graduate students to teach the subject at the collegiate level.

“Many practicing interior designers and interior architects want to give back to their profession and serve as educators, but they need to know the language of academia,” said Lynn Jones, interior design department chair. “They also need to develop skills in advanced research methodologies and evidence-based design.”


Interior Design Student Portfolio Exhibition

Master of Fine Art in Interior Design/Master of Interior Design Portfolio Exhibition
(Standing, left to right) MFA Graduate Lauren Holland. Faculty: Carol Platt, Jerry Poole, Shelly Hughes, Lynn M. Jones, Dr. Andrea Birch, Linda Kern and Karen Garbow. MFA Graduate Cindy Bertoia. (Sitting left to right) MID Graduates Katie Rothfritz, Jessica Skyrme, Austin Smith, Loren Armour and April Eden.

The photos are in and the the website is up! Over 120 people attended the Master of Fine 
Art in Interior Design/Master of Interior Design Portfolio Exhibition at the 
High Museum of Art in Atlanta 
this past month. Alumni, internship employers, future employers, professors, administrators, friends and family members joined the celebration in honor of the graduates.

The Brenau University Interior Design Department graduated its first MFA 
students, Cynthia Bertoia and Lauren Holland; this also marked the first 
terminally degreed graduates from Brenau. 

In her MID presentation, Lynn M. Jones, chair of interior design 
and associate dean, commented, “For her dedication and passion, and her 
guidance to other classmates, the interior design faculty recognize Loren 
Armour with the Overall Student Award.”  The Outstanding Graduate Studio Project Award 
was presented to Austin Smith.  The 
Faculty and ID Advisory Council were particularly impressed with Austin’s final 
project, “Austin exhibited depth of discovery, attention to detail, and love of 
design in its solutions.”

See the projects at:

and images of the event at: