Interior Design Instructor
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division
Never think the first design solution you arrive at is the best. Matthew Swiertz , Interior Design Instructor , The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
I often draw on my experience to prepare lectures and projects. Many of the assignments are based on real-world projects I’ve worked on.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
I use a critique-based method where students post their work, then I give feedback to help them enhance their work. Learning happens much like the design process. There’s an evolution of ideas and understanding that build as the work is discussed and refined.
What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?
Be resourceful. Being able to solve problems on your own is invaluable to an employer. Listen to those you work with and for, look for feedback, and never think the first design solution you arrive at is the best.