Larry Furst

Interior Design

The Art Institute of Houston

Larry Furst

You can't produce high-quality work if you're in a rush just to get it done. Larry Furst , Instructor , The Art Institute of Houston

Academic Credentials

M.Arch., Architecture, Cranbrook Academy of Art
B.S., Interior Design, University of Cincinnati

Professional experience includes: Graphic Designer, First Design Group; Senior Project Manager, FMG Design; Graphic Designer and Project Manager, Panda Restaurant Group; Manager of CAD Department, Vomar Products; Staff Architect, Mitchell Carlson Stone Architects; Director of Graphics, Morris Architects.

Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

I’ve liked art ever since I was five years old.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

As a professional, I can share real-world stories with my students—especially about time management and the importance of completing projects on time.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

I like to work closely with students in reviewing each of their assignments in every class. By learning new topics and applying what they learn, students are inspired to explore more about the interior design profession.

How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?

I recently had my students apply their research to an American with Disabilities (ADA) group project. I enjoyed seeing them discuss how to work together on the joint project. The results earned a commendation from the chair of the department.

What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

You can’t produce high-quality work if you’re in a rush just to get it done.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I look forward every Monday evening to sharing my knowledge of the interior design they can succeed in their careers and then share their own knowledge with the next generation of designers.