Professor, Interior Design
The Art Institute of Philadelphia
Be flexible and open-minded. Andrea Beizer, RA, NCIDQ , Professor, Interior Design , The Art Institute of Philadelphia
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
As long as I can remember, I’ve known I was an artist. I was in high school when I realized I could make a career out of art.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
I always give examples of my real-world experiences working with contractors and clients as they relate to what we’re discussing in class.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
I believe students should be willing to explore multiple design options. They should be open-minded about other ways of seeing solutions and exploring various options.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?
Interior design is all about collaboration...not just among other designers and architects, but engineers, contractors, and product reps. My Contract II class teamed up with an upper-level Graphic Design class on a project—it was eye-opening for the graphic designers to work with a “client” and for the interior designers to learn to communicate with peers from another discipline.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
Be flexible and open-minded.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I believe the arts are interrelated, and that creative thinking is a broad-based. Many issues that come up in interior design can be explored through painting, sculpture, photography, and other means.