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SVA: Spacesmith CEO Jane Smith Named BFA Interior Design Chair

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School of Visual Arts (SVA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jane Smith as chair of the BFA Interior Design Department. Smith leads one of the most successful undergraduate programs for interior design in New York City, overseeing a faculty of 25 leading design professionals and a comprehensive curriculum for aspiring interior designers.


It's an incredible time to shape the future of the profession. With environmental awareness on the rise, and a growing demand for well-made objects of all kinds, we have more opportunities than ever before to have a positive impact on our surroundings, says Smith. I'm anxious to build on SVAs partnerships in the trade to move things forward, as I know our students are.

Smith cites the synergy between art, architecture and design as one of the most exciting developments in the field. I'm reminded of the great work that came out of the Bauhaus, she explains, referring to the influential architecture school that operated in Germany in the 1920s and 30s. SVA students have the advantage of training in an environment where the fine and applied arts go hand in hand.

Smith has nearly 30 years experience in the field, having built her own practice�one of the industry's largest woman-owned companies in the country and served as a project executive for two Fortune 500 companies. She is the founder and managing principal of Spacesmith, an architecture, planning and interior design firm specializing in corporate interiors, public sector and educational projects, and Spacesmith Interiors, a specialized studio within the firm, focusing on luxury interior design projects for private residences, retail, restaurants and boutique hotels. A licensed architect in seven states, Smith was among Development New York's Top 20 Women for 2006 and Real Estate Weekly's Top 100 Women in Real Estate for 2000. Spacesmith was recognized as one of Interior Design's Giants 200 for 2005.

Smith received a BA, cum laude, in Architecture from Arizona State University and an MBA in Finance from New York University�s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. A past board member of Women Executives in Real Estate, Smith is on the Finance Committee for the New York City Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. She is an active member of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Corenet Global, Corporate Real Estate Network and the Urban Land Institute.

Established in 1991, the BFA Interior Design Department at SVA prepares students to create, shape and reinvent the interior spaces in which we live, work and play. Guided by a faculty of award-winning interior designers, architects and fine artists, SVA students learn to combine personal expression with practical realities to create spaces that meet a myriad of design challenges. The program employs a curriculum that integrates state-of-the-art technology with the traditions of drawing and drafting to produce professionals who can take a project all the way from initial concept through final construction.

School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.
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