June Fong, MCID, ADID, NCIDQ, RID
Interior Design Instructor
The Art Institute of Vancouver
Explore how your design can impact people's lives. June Fong , Interior Design Instructor , The Art Institute of Vancouver
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
It was when I realized that the aesthetics of my designs were inspiring and improving the lives and lifestyles of my clients. With my strong business background, turning creative ideas into problem-solving solutions was a natural progression.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
Staying current and working in the industry lets me share my process of how to work through a design challenge with my students. We discuss innovative ways to research new products and software, and discuss what design firms are exploring.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
Through class assignments, I have students investigate multiple ways to address innovation and creativity to work out their designs. I support their individuality—what they bring to the table is always their best strength.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?
When you empower everyone to build on a design, it brings together a sense of community and a high level of ownership. It addresses design culture, human-centered design, business thinking, and solutions designed to push the limits and boundaries of innovation.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
Understand how and where design, business, and technology can launch what’s coming next—and how it’ll affect our lives. Explore how your design can impact people’s lives.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I’m very passionate about design, and it’s great to be a mentor to our students as they start their design careers.