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a century of re-imagining
     interior design
                                         In this issue of RE:D we pay tribute to interior design, a field of study
                                         and practice that has been a vital part of Parsons The New School for
                                         Design’s reputation for 100 years. The school’s early leaders, especial-
                                         ly Frank Alvah Parsons, William Odom, Van Day Truex, and Jean-Michel
                                         Frank, foresaw the potential and the importance of interior design as
                                         both a critical design discipline and a powerful social and economic
                                         force. They shaped an interior design program that was visionary for its
                                         time and has an ongoing influence on interior design theory and prac-
                                         tice. We continue to lead the field, as demonstrated by the achieve-
                                         ments of our illustrious alumni—such as Albert Hadley ’49, Betty
                                         Sherrill ’51, Mario Buatta ’61, and following generations including
                                         Victoria Hagan ’84 (see page 32) and Jamie Drake ’78 (page 33).

Interior design engages the complex interactions of the body and space, the human being, and habitat
and enacts social, personal, and cultural meaning. Interior design stages relationships among many
design fields, including furniture and product design; lighting, architecture, and fashion; domestic and
media technologies; and the fine arts. You can read more about these intersections—and the ways in
which the interior design program at Parsons is responding and helping to shape them—in the dialogue
between Kent Kleinman, chair of the Department of Architecture, Interior Design, and Lighting, and Lois
Weinthal, the new director of the interior design program, that appears on page 20.

We are also delighted to feature a profile of the Parsons lighting design program (page 18); photos from
the “Little Houses” project in Hällefors, Sweden (page 16); and news on The Design Workshop’s recent
project in DeLisle, Mississippi (page 5). While these stories may highlight the disciplines of product
design, lighting, and architecture at Parsons, it’s clear that the “interior” is central to these multifaceted
projects, in which students develop lighting concepts for specific environments, build a portable living
space, or create a laundry facility and information center to serve a community’s particular needs.

We’re proud of the interior design program at Parsons and to commemorate its centennial with this issue
of RE:D. It is a pleasure to stay in touch with all of our alumni from across Parsons and to bring you the
latest news from the school. I hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as our contributors have
enjoyed putting it together.

Best regards,

Tim Marshall, Dean

above: Dean Tim Marshall. Photo by Matthew Sussman
front and back cover: The Angelo Donghia Materials Library and
Study Center, home of the Department of Architecture, Interior
Design, and Lighting. Front cover photo by Paula Giraldo,
back cover photo by Bob Handelman
inside front cover: Selections from a collection of sketches for
Metropolitan Home magazine by Illustration chair Steven Guarnaccia.
re:d magazine       Letters to the editor                           CONTRIBUTORS                                                                                  CONTENTS
                    We want to hear from you. RE:D welcomes
Guest Editor
                    letters to the editor regarding published                                                                                                     features
Karissa Krenz
                    articles, alumni news, opinions, commen-                                                                                                 10 The Inside Story
Managing Editor     tary, and suggestions for features. Letters                                                                                                 100 Years of Interior Design at Parsons
Lindy Regan         may be edited for content and/or length.
                                                                                                                                                             16 Track Housing
                    Please include your year of graduation,
Alumni Relations                                                                                                                                                Little Houses on the Black River
                    degree completed, and major.
Jessica Arnold
Rachel Denny        submissions                                                                                                                              18 Illuminating Education
                                                                    Illustration department chair steven      david j. lewis is associate professor
                    Original manuscripts, photo submissions,                                                                                                    A Look at Parsons’ MFA Lighting Program
Assistant Editor                                                    guarnaccia is a frequent contributor to   and director of the master of architec-
                    and/or artwork will be considered for           publications including Time, Rolling      ture program. He received his BA from
Sarah Kricheff                                                      Stone, and BLAB! and was previously art   Carleton College, holds an MA in History
                                                                                                                                                             20 Expanding the Theory of Interiors
                    publication. Unsolicited manuscripts,
                                                                    director of the New York Times op-ed      of Architecture and Urbanism from                 Architecture, interior design, and lighting’s new
Creative Director   related materials, photography, and             page. Co-author of Black and White and    Cornell, and an MArch from Princeton.
                                                                    author/illustrator of numerous chil-      Lewis is partner in the New York–based
                                                                                                                                                                chair, Kent Kleinman, and interior design’s new
Meg Callery         artwork will not be returned.
                                                                    dren’s books, Guarnaccia hosted the       architecture firm Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis.          director, Lois Weinthal, discuss the present and
                                                                    hugely successful Illustration Today
Designers           address changes                                                                                                                             future of the department.
                                                                    symposium at Parsons in November.
Anna Ostrovskaya    Please submit address changes at:
Paula Giraldo
                                                                                                                                                             30 The Gift of Education
                                                                                                                                                                Interior Design Scholarships at Parsons
Production          re:d
Tina Moskin         Parsons The New School for Design                                                                                                             news at parsons
                    66 Fifth Ave., 7th floor                                                                                                                  5 Design Workshop in Mississippi . . .Parsons
Copy Editor
                    New York, NY 10011                                                                                                                          Journals . . . Target: Grocery . . . The Sims. . .
Ellen Davidson
                                                                                                                              Empowering Kosovar Women . . . Weiss Lectures
                                                                    karissa krenz is a New York–based         matthew sussman is a photographer,                  alumni profiles
                                                                    arts and entertainment writer and for-    director, and producer whose work has
                                                                                                                                                             32 Victoria Hagan ’84
                                                                    mer Editor-in-Chief of Chamber Music      ranged from international documentary
                                                                    magazine. Her writing appears fre-        television to makeover reality shows. He       33 RE:SPOND Jamie Drake ’78
                                                                    quently in publications including Time    is currently on staff at The New School
                                                                    Out New York and Playbill. She also       as special project producer.                        in every issue
                                                                    designs and fabricates one-of-a-kind
                                                                    and limited-edition jewelry sculpted
                                                                                                                                                              1 Letter from the Dean
                                                                    from found objects and wire.                                                              4 Letters to the RE:DITOR
                                                                                                              lisa zeiger (not pictured) was decora-          8 RE:TINA
                                                                                                              tive arts editor for the quarterly interiors   22 RE:CORD Alumni News, Upcoming Alumni Events,
                                                                                                              publication nest and a freelance arts
                                                                                                              writer in Glasgow, London, and
                                                                                                                                                                and Class Notes
                                                                                                              Cologne. She studied decorative arts at        28 RE:COGNITION Gifts to Parsons in 2006
                                                                                                              Sotheby’s London and the University of
                                                                                                              Glasgow and holds degrees from
                                                                                                              Barnard and Columbia Law School.
                                                                                                              Zeiger is at work on her first book,
                                                                                                              Blanquita: A Memoir of the Bronx.

                                                                    paula giraldo, Graphic Design ’05
                                                                    (AAS), studied photography and graphic
                                                                    design in her native Colombia before
                                                                    moving to New York to attend Parsons.
                                                                    She is currently on staff at The New
                                                                    School as a graphic designer.
                    this page: MFA Lighting Design, Erin De Vries
you teLL us                                                                                                                                             news at parsons
Letters to the RE:DITOR                                                                                                                                 Mississippi Returning
In the last issue we asked, “Which interior space                                                                                                       The Design Workshop 2006: 39751 InfoWash
has had the greatest influence on your work?”                                                                                                           by david j. lewis

                                                The interior space that most                                          Growing up in a townhouse in
                                                influences my work is Antoni                                          New York City, the theater and
                                                Gaudi’s Casa Batlló in                                                the colors and textures in
                                                Barcelona. Not afraid to take                                         museum exhibitions (and the
                                                risks, he mastered freedom of                                         spaces in which they’re held)
                                                expression while contradicting                                        are among my many sources of
                                                perceptions of the norm, to                                           inspiration. Others include
                                                create spaces so bizarre and                                          design associates who have
                                                expressive, yet so beautifully                                        worked for me and have pre-
                                                unique. The use of geometrics,                                        sented “new ideas” with a
                                                color, carved woods, walls,                                           fresher, younger approach.
                                                ceiling, and parabolic arches                                         marguerite franco ’1
                                                are astonishing. lyn henry ’8
                                                                                                                      My childhood home in
                                                I once saw a picture of a bed-                                        Colombia continues to influ-
My mom and I used to play a                                                         San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy,                                       In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a conversation     a compelling design, developed a complete set of construction
                                                room Mario Buatta designed                                            ence me. The house’s architec-
game: We would visit the pow-                                                       a domed Romanesque cathe-                                           about The Design Workshop between DeLisle, Mississippi, resi-       documents, assembled material orders for the project, and
                                                for the 1984 Kips Bay Boys’                                           ture, inspired by the modern
der rooms in homes, restau-                                                         dral full of elaborate details                                      dent Martha Murphy and Parsons MArch graduate Federico              worked with structural engineer and faculty member Harriet
                                                and Girls’ Club Decorator Show                                        movement, was a combination
rants, stores, and hotels, and                                                      and diffused natural light. The                                     Negro ’04 led to the program’s most ambitious effort since its      Markis to execute the structural drawings.
                                                House. At first, one sees a typi-                                     of glass and steel, juxtaposed
rate their level of luxury and                                                      organized, clean surfaces                                           inception nearly ten years ago. Negro, now a member of
                                                cal blue-and-white bedroom,                                           with natural stone and terra-                                                                         The students spent the summer in DeLisle, living in FEMA trailers
design on a scale of one to                                                         adorned with mosaics and the                                        Manhattan-based SHoP Architects, was consulting with Murphy
                                                but the walls are actually pale                                       cotta floors. Most of the rooms                                                                       and working 12-hour days on the job site. Under the supervision
ten. It was just for fun, but my                                                    warmth of the space make it                                         while working on the firm’s rebuilding efforts in DeLisle, a town
                                                lavender with touches of salm-                                        had access to the outdoors,                                                                           of Terry Erickson, the summer studio instructor, who insures that
observation of these spaces                                                         striking, despite the austere                                       hit hard and dead-center by the storm. Murphy saw an opportu-
                                                on pink. Instead of a blue can-                                       providing natural light, open                                                                         the students are able to translate their designs into built form,
and my memory of them influ-                                                        structure. Though it dates back                                     nity to engage Parsons in the DeLisle community’s need for basic
                                                opy for the bed, Buatta used a                                        air, and the occasional flood.                                                                        the group erected the steel structure by hand, installed
enced my ability to “see”                                                           to the early sixth century, it                                      amenities and communication and envisioned a solution.
                                                sheer white fabric that lets in                                       Modern furniture combined                                                                             structural panels and waterproofing, constructed and insulated
rooms. jennifer watty ’93                                                           has the fundamental values of
                                                light. Whenever I am timid                                            with Spanish colonial antiques    The result was 39751 InfoWash, a combination information cen-       the roof, clad the building in aluminum mesh and stained cedar,
photo courtesy of jennifer watty
                                                                                    the contemporary aesthetic:
                                                about mixing colors and add-                                          created a unique space.           ter and laundromat designed and built in the spring and summer      and outfitted the interior spaces with custom-made interior fur-
                                                                                    simplicity framed in complex
                                                ing whimsy, I remember this                                           courtney (murray)                 of 2006 by 12 graduate students and one undergraduate from          niture and wall systems. By early fall, the building was in opera-
                                                                                    and surprising details and
                                                room. anna wolcott ’0                                                goldsmith ’97 aas                 Parsons’ architecture programs, with SHoP providing critical        tion, providing the community with a vital centerpiece for the
                                                                                    inspiring lighting solutions.
                                                                                    angelika wrzesinska ’0                                             input and support.                                                  area’s rebuilding efforts.

the next issue celebrates the communication design centennial.                                                                                                                                                              The Design Workshop is the Department of Architecture, Interior Design, and Lighting’s annual
                                                                                    photo courtesy of angelika                                          During the spring semester, students collectively worked to
you tell us: What is the most interesting change in communication                                                                                                                                                           design-build program, in which students work collaboratively with a nonprofit client to conceive,
                                                                                    wrzesinska                                                          research and design 39751 InfoWash, traveling twice to              design, negotiate, and construct a built solution to a real-world urban/environmental challenge.
design you’ve seen since you graduated? Send your letters to or RE:D Editors, Parsons The New School for Design,                                                                            Mississippi to meet with the client and members of the commu-       A feature article on the DeLisle project appeared last fall in the New York Times. Generous sup-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            port was provided by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, SOM, Voronado Realty Trust, Sal
66 Fifth Ave., 6th floor, New York, NY 10011.                                                                                                           nity. By the conclusion of the semester, the students had created   La Rosa, Heuer Foundation, and the Dean’s Office at Parsons.

Help shape the future of RE:D: Fill out our reader survey online at                                                                                                                                                                                    this page: Laura Lyon, SHoP Architects

                                               Addressing Innovation                                                                        Helping Hands in Kosovo
                                               The Department of Design and Management’s Stephan Weiss Visiting Lectureship on              Building on a collaboration with women in Rwanda in 2005, last fall Parsons continued
                                               Business Strategy, Negotiation, and Innovation addresses the dynamic synthesis of            its involvement with Women for Women International (WFWI), a nonprofit aid organiza-
                                               creative vision and strong business sense. Speakers this fall were Peter Laundy of           tion that helps women in war-torn countries cultivate job skills in design, production,
                                               Doblin, Inc., and Tucker Viemeister (pictured), VP of Creative at Rockwell Group and         and marketing. Integrated Design Curriculum students in the Core Colloquium: Cross-
                                               founder of Smart Design. The spring semester’s lectures feature Jean Rogers, an associ-      Cultural Collaborations class worked with women in Kosovo to help them achieve a sus-
                                               ate principal with the consulting engineering firm Ove Arup and Partners (February 27);      tainable source of income. Students developed products that the women could easily
                                               Bruce Nussbaum, essayist, commentator on economic issues, and assistant managing             produce themselves and sell through WFWI’s online bazaar and retailers in the United
                                               editor for BusinessWeek (March 15); and ethnographer Genevieve Bell, senior principal        States. Several designs will be available by Mother’s Day, including an apron and place
                                               engineer and director of user experience for Intel’s Digital Home Group (April 3). For       settings accented with traditional embroidery. Visit
                                               information visit

Target: Grocery                                                                                                            TARGET                                                         Machinima, Mods, and More
Over the course of the 2006–07 academic year, a team of students, supervised by fac-                                                                                                      Parsons takes on The Sims, the popular video game in which players control the
ulty and Target Corporation representatives, is conceptualizing a 50,000-square-foot                                                                                                      lives of virtual people, in an exhibition at the Chelsea Art Museum. Communication
prototype grocery store that would be integrated into an urban SuperTarget. Through                                                                                                       design, design and technology, and illustration students have created pieces utiliz-
the company’s internship and recruitment collaborations with Parsons Career Services,                                                                                                     ing traditional and technology-driven art forms including machinima (using a game
Target Vice President of Store Design Rich Varda realized that Parsons’ interest in sus-                                                                                                  engine to produce animation or film), interactive media, and three-dimensional
tainability, focus on cutting-edge design, and student professionalism would make the                                                                                                     printing. The exhibit is among several the Department of Communication Design
school an ideal partner for the upscale discount store. Members of the Departments of
                                                                                                                  TARGET                                                                  and Technology will present at the museum: Ten Years Running, featuring work by
Product Design, Communication Design and Technology, Design and Management, and                                                                                                           faculty and alumni (April 5–14), The Sims (April 19–May 12), and thesis exhibits
Architecture, Interior Design, and Lighting are conceiving all layers of the project: mar-                                                                                                (May 17–26, BFA, and May 31–June 9, MFA).
ket research and branding strategies, environmental impact and sustainability studies,
store flow and mapping, mobile technologies, and product development.

                                                                                                                                            Off the Shelf
                                                                                                                                            Parsons publishes two journals that highlight the scholarly discourse and discoveries
                                                                                                                                            emerging from the school. Since 2002 the Department of Architecture, Interior Design,
                                                                                                                                            and Lighting has published Scapes, which discusses “global, metropolitan, and
                                                                                                                                            departmental perspectives on architecture.” Edited by Joanna Merwood, it is available
                                                                                                                                            in print and online at The Journal of
                                                                                                                                            Design & Management, launched in the spring of 2006, examines and explores the

                                                                                                                             TARGET         intersection of design and business. Each issue will highlight people, projects,
                                                                                                                                            approaches, and events fundamental to the development of pioneering ideas, while
                                                                                                                                            focusing on economy, society, and the marketplace. Funded by a grant from the Karan-
                                                                                                                                            Weiss Foundation, it will appear annually in print and online at


Making a Scene in New York                                                                                                                                                                      1                                         2                                     1                                         2

                                                                                                                                                                speed of light, october 23, 200, at tishman auditorium 1. Presented
                                                                                                                                                                with the Museum of Arts & Design, this interdisciplinary international
                                                                                                                                                                design conference brought together innovators in the fields of physics,
                                                                                                                                                                architecture and interior design, and theatrical lighting 2. Lighting
                                                                                                                                                                Designer Ingo Maurer in conversation with Murray Moss, founder of the
                                                                                                                                                                SoHo design store, Moss. Photos by Alan Klein

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3                                         4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              board of governors holiday party hosted by sheila c. johnson at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              saks fifth avenue, november 29, 200 1. A tree-lighting toast to Sheila C.
                                                                           2                                                                                                                                                                  Johnson 2. Peter Darrow, board member Denise Seegal, and Fashion Design
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chair Tim Gunn 3. Patti Butler, Judge William Newman 4. Parsons Dean Tim
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Marshall, Fine Arts Chair Donald Porcaro, and Sheila C. Johnson.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Photos by David Minder
                                                                                                                                                                                                1                                         2

                                               1                           3                                     2                                          3                                                                                                                                                             2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              paolo soleri, october 1, 200,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              swayduck auditorium Renowned
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              architect Paolo Soleri spoke about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              his work on the occasion of receiv-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ing the National Design Awards’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lifetime Achievement Award.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3   Photo by Yong Kim

                                                                           4                                                                                4                                   4                                         5                                     1                                         3

parsons 8th annual benefit and fashion show honoring oscar de la               the reunion reception for architecture, interior and environmental              second annual parsons centurion award for design excellence                   illustration today symposium, november 11, 200 1. At Tishman
renta, may 8, 200, at pier 0, chelsea piers 1. Honoree Oscar de la Renta      design, and lighting graduates, october 23, 200, at the häfele                 luncheon honoring interior designer betty sherrill ’1 and mcmillen           Auditorium: Illustration Chair Steven Guarnaccia, Maira Kalman, Peter de
and former President Bill Clinton 2. Annette de la Renta and Vogue Editor-in-   showroom 1. Parsons Dean Tim Marshall, Madeleine Moore ’64, and AIDL            inc., april 11, 200, at the mandarin oriental, new york 1. Former Dean       Seve ’80, Peter Sis 2. At the reception: Assistant Professor Dan Nadel,
Chief Anna Wintour 3. A student design from the Fashion Centennial              Chair Kent Kleinman 2. Wid Chapman, Ronald Bricke ’61 3. Katherine Bragg        Paul Goldberger, Betty Sherrill, and Victoria Hagan ’84 2. Victoria Hagan,    illustrators Kim and Gene Deitch 3. Guarnaccia (center) with Friends With
Collection 4. New School President Bob Kerrey, Bill Clinton, Parsons Board of   ’07, Erin Brandariz ’06, Florence Guiraud ’06 4. Angelina Wrzesinska ’04,       Tess Dempsey ’88, and Anne Pyne 3. Paul Goldberger, Betty Sherrill, and       You. Photos by Crissie Ferrara
Governors Chair Sheila Johnson, and Judge William Newman.                       George Lyall, Anna Lee Wolcott ’04. Photos by Nick Ferrari ’03                  New School President Bob Kerrey 4. James Borynack ’67 and Michael
Photos by Patrick McMullan                                                                                                                                      Vollbracht ’68 5. Anne Pyne speaks about her mother, Betty Sherrill.
                                                                                                                                                                Photos by Patrick McMullan and Matthew Sussman

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The Inside Story
                                                                                                                                      While expertise in styles of earlier centuries
                                                                                                                                      was a hallmark of the department through
                                                                                                                                      the mid-20th century, it has been eclipsed by

Celebrating 100 years of interior design at Parsons,                                                                                  a modernist focus in the last 30 years, though
                                                                                                                                      a revival is emerging. Residential designer
RE:D recounts some of the notable events, trends, and                                                                                 Danielle Galland ’95, acting director of inte-
                                                                                                                                      rior design from January 2005 to December
personalities that make up the department’s history.
                                                                                                                                      2006, has sought to restore a greater balance
by lisa zeiger                                                                                                                        of connoisseurship and technique.

                          The story of interior design at Parsons The New School for Design is central to the his-                    “We have not forgotten the foundations from
                          tory of the school itself. It is an intriguing genealogy of mentorship, revealing that                      which the department made the most strik-
                          human relationships and personal preferences have been as influential as theory in                          ing contributions to the field,” says Galland.     vate houses and collections. Exalted Americans living in Paris
                          shaping the curriculum over many generations. While Frank Alvah Parsons initially cre-                      “The demands of preparing students for the         became devotees: Edith Wharton, Ogden Codman, Jr., Elsie de
                          ated a department that reflected his own passion for the decorative arts, today’s stu-                      profession have dramatically changed over          Wolfe, and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt. In 1918, Odom published
                          dents study architecture as a foundation, learning to blend technical skills with                           the past 80 years. As a result, knowing the        his highly-respected History of Italian Furniture, and for his devo-
                          aesthetics, business knowledge, cultural imperatives, and scholarship—a progression                         European tradition is not sufficient to create     tion to the decorative arts of France he was anointed a Chevalier
                          that can be charted through the succession of personalities that have animated the                          a well-qualified and diverse designer nimble       de la Legion d’Honneur.
                          program from then until now.                                                                                enough to work in the varied areas of the
                                                                                                                                                                                         The next great Parsons prodigy was Van Day Truex, who enrolled
                                                                                                                                      field. Historically, we have the benefit of hav-
                          In 1904 the New York School of Art, founded in 1896 by painter Willliam Merritt Chase,                                                                         as a student in 1923. Born in Kansas into a family who managed
                                                                                                                                      ing lived through the modernist revolution
                          hired Frank Alvah Parsons, who introduced courses in design, color theory, and interior                                                                        a J.C. Penney outlet, Truex was a classic misfit artist whose father
                                                                                                                                      and can question and incorporate the les-
                          decoration—the first such program in the United States. Chase retired in 1907, and 39-                                                                         refused to support his design studies. Frank Parsons became not
                                                                                                                                      sons learned from that time into a broad
                          year-old Parsons purchased the school, which officially adopted his name. He elevated                                                                          only Truex’s teacher but his social shepherd, inducting this Dust
                                                                                                                                      approach encompassing history, theory, and
                          decorative arts to the same level as fine art and convened powerful names in interior                                                                          Bowl aristocrat into New York high society. By 1924 he was
                                                                                                                                      practice. Training today’s interior designer is
                          design, making the school a formidable                                                                                                                         named top student, in 1925 he received a
                                                                                 Parsons was ahead of his time in promot-             a great responsibility and one that is continu-
                          resource for those aspiring to a career in
                                                                                 ing the commercial fields of interior design,        ally questioned by the faculty.”
                                                                                                                                                                                         Paris scholarship, and upon his gradua-         The demands of
                          the field. Within a decade the board                                                                                                                           tion in 1927 Truex became an instructor,
                          boasted design luminaries Lady Elsie de
                                                                                 fashion, and advertising, as he correctly
                                                                                                                                      Parsons’ second great player, star graduate        dividing his time between the New York          preparing students
                                                                                 foresaw image as playing an important
                          Wolfe Mendl, Elsie Cobb Wilson, and Lady
                                                                                 role in the expansion of art and design in
                                                                                                                                      William Odom, joined the faculty in 1909 and       and Paris schools.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         for the profession
                          Duff Gordon, who were joined in 1922 by                                                                     became Frank Alvah Parsons’ business part-
                                                                                 America. Although he was not interested                                                                 “He became my mentor and good friend
                          Heyworth Campbell, Vogue’s art director,                                                                    ner in 1920. He launched his pet project, the                                                      have dramatically
                                                                                 in the modernist revolution taking shape                                                                and was nice enough to give me a partial
                          Eleanor Brown, founder of McMillen, Inc.,                                                                   Grand Tour, a six-week summer trip through
                          and Ogden Codman, Jr., co-author with
                                                                                 in Europe at the start of the 20th century,
                                                                                                                                      France and Italy, through which he acquaint-
                                                                                                                                                                                         working scholarship,” says Melvin Dwork         changed in the past
                                                                                 the curriculum developed students’ under-                                                               ’41. “It was a great school and a privilege
                          Edith Wharton of The Decoration of
                                                                                 standing of the tenets of furniture design,
                                                                                                                                      ed himself with Europe’s wealthy aesthetes.
                                                                                                                                                                                         to be there. Van had a sense of style we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         80 years.
                          Houses. The aura Parsons spun around                                                                        A Parsons’ atelier was established in Paris,
                                                                                 architectural composition, and color use                                                                all looked up to—he gave the school a
                          his school, through his unwavering con-                                                                     granting students entrée to magnificent pri-
                                                                                 through exposure to the highest building                                                                sort of aura.”
                          victions about period style and his social
                                                                                 craftsmanship in the European classical
                          connections, made it the most prestigious                                                                                                                      Upon Parsons’ death in 1930, Odom took
                                                                                 tradition. His aim was “to train [students’]
                          institution of its kind in the country.                                                                                                                        charge and appointed Truex head of the
                                                                                 eye, instill in them an idea of quality, and
                                                                                                                                                                                         Paris program and associate director of
                          this page: “Empire Chair,” circa 1930, by Ina Dell
                                                                                 develop their sense of style.”
                                                                                                                                                                                         the New York school. Truex was a brilliant
                          Marvin, a student of the Interior, Architecture, and
                          Decoration Department, Parsons Paris (courtesy of                                                                                                              fundraiser, ensuring the institution’s sur-
                          the Kellen Archives Center); the Donghia Materials
                                                                                                                                                                                         vival. He never abandoned his predeces-
                          Library (photo by Paula Giraldo); students at work
                          in the Donghia Center (photo by Bob Handelman).

                                                                                                                       10        11
sors’ insistence on art history, period        president of the school. Parsons flourished:
                                                                                                   I had just hung wall                                                                                        According to Gubelmann, the past was not ignored, but set
design, and academic drawing and faith-        New members joined the faculty, Truex                                                                                                                           forth as the seed of contemporary forms. He especially recalls
fully transmitted the neoclassical tradition   acquired prestigious patrons from high soci-        brackets supporting                                                                                         his teacher Ian McCarg, author of Designing with Nature,
as the pinnacle of interior design.            ety and the world of design, and the student                                                                                                                    required reading for all students. McCarg’s philosophy was a
                                               demographic was dramatically altered by an
                                                                                                   blue-and-white Delft                                                                                        powerful call for congruity in all design endeavors.
Privately and subtly Truex escaped his
mentors’ 18th-century taste and devel-
                                               influx of male war veterans. Academically,          jars. Stanley urged me                                  Mary Louise Gertler ’61 recalls her three-month     “The book taught you not to design separately from the envi-
                                               Truex championed freedom in interior
oped his own style, partly through a bond
                                               design while still honoring the legacy of
                                                                                                   to take this penchant                                    European study trip with Barrows as a privi-       ronment but to be inclusive in your products, whether build-
with Jean-Michel Frank. (Frank, widely                                                                                                                      leged glimpse at “fascinating, private places.”    ing a house, room, or desk,” says Gubelmann. “You had to
acknowledged as one of the most influen-
                                               Odom and Parsons. His famous lectures to            as far as it would go.                                  She learned the secrets of proportion through       respect what existed, and design new elements that harmo-
                                               the student body were lessons in the art of
tial designers of the thirties, is credited
                                               living, from omelettes to boiserie.                 –Mario Buatta                                            Barrows’s weekly sketching excursions out-         nized. You don’t erect a Le Corbusier in a Georgian town. We
with designing the clean and simple lines                                                                                                                  doors and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.        also learned self-evident technical principles, which all too
of the ubiquitous Parsons table while          Among Truex’s famous prodigies was Albert                                                                    During what Gertler calls a “transitional time”    often are ignored: Don’t build on a ravine, don’t build on a
working with Truex and students at the         Hadley ’49, who would go on to become the “Dean of American Decorating.” It was                              for the school, Barrows fused a love of the past   slope with morning light, but one with afternoon light. Ian was
Paris school.) Truex learned the business      under Truex that Hadley was hired to teach at Parsons immediately following his gradu-                       with exposure to “well-designed contemporary       the catalyst who enabled us to become sympathetic to the
side of decorating from Lady Mendl, who        ation. He went on to work for Mrs. Brown at McMillen, and eventually began his famous                        furniture, which he encouraged us to use in our    world around us.”
was above all a businesswoman (a “gang-        partnership with Sister Parish at their firm, Parish Hadley.                                                 projects. Our floor plans were traditional:
ster,” as Truex called her, and “the White                                                                                                                  Everybody had a table to put a drink on and a
                                               “I had been with [Roslyn Rosier’s shop] three months when Van Truex called and asked
Queen” to Dwork). This affiliation would                                                                                                                    place to sit.”
                                               me to join the interior design faculty at Parsons,” says Hadley in Adam Lewis’s Albert
serve Truex well as he entered the field
later in his career.
                                               Hadley: The Story of America’s Preeminent Interior Designer. “During the remaining                  Is it sustainable? How will people
                                               days that I worked for [Roslyn], she tried to convince me to decline the teaching posi-
At the onset of World War II in Europe,        tion, but I had made up my mind. I knew that a faculty position at Parsons, and the                 behave in this environment? Can
Odom told Truex to close the Paris school.     opportunity to have extended exposure to the Parsons philosophy of design, could only               design elevate the human spirit?
Truex joined the faculty in New York—at its    benefit my future.”
new location at 136 East 57th Street—and                                                                                                                    In 1964 the Department of Interior Design was
                                                                                     But after a complex series of events, Truex was
became vice president. After Odom passed                                                                                                                   reworked into a new discipline, environmental
                                                                                     ousted by the board of directors in 1954. At 50, he
away in 1942, Eleanor Brown led the board                                                                                                                  design. Some graduates bemoan this era,
                                                                                     was out of a job and shunned by the school to
of trustees to unanimously elect Truex                                                                                                                      which lasted until 1992, but Jimmy Gubelmann
                                                                                     which he had devoted his life. He soon triumphed
                                                                                                                                                           ’73, architect and head of Windigo Design in
                                                                                     as design director of Tiffany & Co., whose décor
                                                                                                                                                            New Jersey, strongly disagrees. He experienced
                                                                                     and merchandise retain his imprint to this day.
                                                                                                                                                           environmental design as the disciplined libera-
                                                                                     In the late 1950s and early 1960s the department                       tion of each student’s innermost gifts.
                                                                                     was led by the designer Stanley Barrows, who is
                                                                                                                                                           “We were given a broad base of classes to
                                                                                     still venerated by former students.
                                                                                                                                                           choose from,” says Gubelmann, “and in your          above: Judges of the Pini di San Miniato Scholarship Award Competition, 1961. This
                                                                                                                                                                                                               award enabled a graduating student of interior decoration to study in Italy. Robert J.
                                                                                     “Stanley would make you look into yourself and                        first year, known as the ‘base year,’ you were      Castle (far left), chair of the Department of Interior Design, looks on as the judges,
                                                                                     express what was inside you,” recalls Mario Buatta                    required to take general classes: a 3-D design      (left to right) Salvador Dali, the Duchess of Windsor, and Mrs. Arthur A. Houghton,
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Jr., survey the entries. Ronald Bricke ’61 won the award. Photo courtesy of the
                                                                                     ’61. “He once came by for a drink, and I had just                     studio, an elective in color run by artist Hector   Kellen Archives Center.
                                                                                     hung wall brackets supporting blue-and-white Delft                     Leonardi, 2-D design, and lecture courses on
                                                                                     jars. Stanley urged me to take this penchant as far                   applied arts from antiquity to modernism.”
                                                                                     as it would go.”

                                                                                     this page: Classroom at the New York School of Fine
                                                                                     and Applied Art (Parsons School of Design) at 80th
                                                                                     Street and Broadway, circa 1933–34. Photo courtesy of
                                                                                     the Kellen Archives Center.

                                                                                                                                             12   13
     The designer Luis Rey ’67, who attended                                                  “While each could encompass design ele-
     Parsons during this period of dramatic                                                   ments within one room,” says Galland,
     change, thoroughly relished this clash of                                                “we are continually challenging students to
     interior design training with a new empha-                                               think of not only the visual effect of their
     sis on architecture. Barrows represented      While the client of                        designs, but the larger social and econom-
     the first camp, and the new dean, Alan
                                                   Odom’s time was                            ic impact. Is it sustainable? How will peo-
     Tate (appointed in 1964), the second.                                                    ple behave in this environment? Can the
                                                   always understood as                       design elevate the human spirit? How will
     “I was very lucky,” Rey says of this odd
                                                                                              a particular demographic respond in this
     couple, “I had the old, I had the new. I      the wealthy urbanite,                      environment? We ask these questions
     admired both. Once we were assigned to
     design a dining room, and Barrows hung
                                                   it is no longer enough                     while considering the shape, color, and
                                                                                              composition of the elements within the
     my plan on the wall and gave me an ‘A.’       to design for this                         design. Today we focus on students’ abili-
     The next day, Alan Tate scratched out the
     ‘A’ and changed it to an ‘F.’ But Alan Tate   constituency.                              ty to work at widely divergent scales, from
                                                                                              a single room to a Target prototype store.
     made you design things you’d never get
                                                                                              Economics and function are always vari-
     to do in your life.”
                                                                                              ables students are required to navigate as
     Under a seemingly radical banner, environmental design had a conservative strain,        well. While the client of William Odom’s
     retaining the basic tenets of Frank Parsons while promoting the new forms students       time was always understood as the
     invented. Gubelmann still cherishes the freedom instructors permitted students to fol-   wealthy urbanite, it is no longer enough to
     low their unique obsessions, even if this meant total rejection of a given assignment.   design for this one constituency.”

     “The instructors would say, we’re building a church in a community with three different “While Parsons’ roots were established in
     religions,” he says. “Four of us would then get together and declare we wanted to        residential design,” Galland continues, “a
     make a tramway through Central Park. We’d go to Alan Tate and he would facilitate        graduate of Parsons The New School for
     our proposal.”                                                                           Design today is as likely to work on corpo-
                                                                                              rate, public, or hospitality design, as well
     In the early nineties interior design was again established as a distinct department.
                                                                                              as for the most influential residential
     The program continues to evolve to meet the imperatives of the times. Galland speaks
                                                                                              design firms. The amazing diversity of the
     of four elements that are considered to be the essence of interior design: structure,
                                                                                              program’s student demographics broad-
     proportion, social purpose, and context.
                                                                                              ens Parsons’ educational influence well
                                                                                              beyond the United States. The future of
                                                                                              the program engages new technologies
                                                                                              and arenas that are suddenly under the
                                                                                              umbrella of the interior, effecting changes
                                                                                              in the field that could never have been
                                                                                              imagined even 30 years ago.”
                                                                                              With additional contributions by
                                                                                              Danielle Galland and Karissa Krenz.

                                                                                              opposite: “Colour Spectrum Chart,” 1928, by Ina Dell
                                                                                              Marvin, a student at Parsons Paris. While the original
                                                                                              Paris school closed at the onset of World War II, Paris
                                                                                              studies remain available to Parsons students today.
                                                                                              Courtesy of the Kellen Archives Center.
                                                                                              this page: Students visiting the showroom of the
                                                                                              interior design firm McMillen, Inc., 1955. Eleanor S.

1                                                                                            Brown (class of ’18), president of the firm, is at left.
                                                                                              Photo by Clemens Kalischer.
track Housing
Little Houses on the Black River is an ingeniously adaptable clutch of temporary dwellings
designed to accommodate visiting designers in Hällefors, Sweden. The project won the top honor
in the design school category at the 2006 International Contemporary Furniture Fair for students
in Parsons The New School for Design’s product design program in collaboration with France’s St.
Etienne School of Art and Design and Sweden’s Konstfack University College of Arts, Craft and
Design. (Visit for more photos and info.) More than 100 sustain-
able, problem-solving collaborations calling on design integration, community engagement, and
nonprofit and corporate partnerships have been spearheaded by Product Design in the past four
years under the guidance of chair Tony Whitfield. This year, students take on the flood-crippled
town of Margaretville, New York, addressing business and main street renewal and a community
center redesign. Follow their progress at the “Revitalizing Margaretville, New York” blog at Photos by Åke E:son Lindman.
Illuminating Education
A Look at the MFA Lighting Program

Light is as elusive an element of human existence as it is ubiqui-    The buzz on lighting’s high-quality and unique approach has
tous; as much a variable as it is a constant. It has a significant    attracted top students from across the globe, and the program
effect on the way we live and think and feel, yet lighting is often   has quickly become the most culturally diverse at Parsons: 45
designed with little regard for aesthetic consequences or emo-        students represent 17 different countries and as many distinct
tional effect. The Master of Fine Arts in Lighting program at         professional backgrounds and undergraduate degrees—from the
Parsons The New School for Design is a torchbearer of lighting        obvious fields of architecture, interior design, theater, product
education and experimentation in relation to human experience,        design, environmental studies, and fine arts to the less predict-
attracting students determined to expose and explore the ways         able areas of anthropology, psychology, journalism, mathemat-
in which individuals perceive and interact with light.                ics, and economics.

The study of lighting has been part of Parsons, in various forms,     “I’m intrigued by how the topic of light can bring together such a
for more than 30 years. In the 1970s, pioneering Professor James      diverse group of individuals,” says Derek Porter, director of the
Nuckolls spearheaded the program, which in 1984–85 evolved            lighting program. “I tend to think about these human relation-
into a two-year master of fine arts degree (as a component of the     ships more abstractly: Light exists at peripheral boundaries, on
Continuing Education department). In 1996–97 the program              surfaces, the edges, as a spatial catalyst, a binder of foreign
became part of the Department of Architecture, Interior Design,       matter. It simultaneously exists everywhere but yet nowhere
and Lighting. It was briefly altered to a one-year (three-semester)   until it touches something.”
structure offering a master of arts degree and then returned to
                                                                      This cultural and professional diversity brings an uncommon
the more robust two-year MFA program in 2004.
                                                                      richness to the studio that complements the formal education
While most academic programs concentrate primarily on the             offered in class. “Individuals that grow up in Sweden versus
technical considerations of “illumination engineering,” Parsons       Greece are biologically conditioned through the unique environ-
focuses on design and social practice, integrating strong techni-     mental exposures of their respective geographical regions to
cal coursework with studies in culture, history and theory, sociol-   understand light differently,” says Porter. “In addition to these
ogy and psychology, perception, and design components of              biological factors, they each carry a distinct cultural identity with
lighting. The emphasis on the importance of social responsibility     light through color and symbology.”
and sustainability is a common thread throughout all courses,
                                                                      The caliber of the education students receive from the lighting
and further encourages interaction with architecture and interior
                                                                      program is apparent in the success of its alumni. Parsons
design students in order to give complete consideration to the
                                                                      Lighting graduates are highly sought after in manufacturing,
holistic understanding of the built environment.
                                                                      research, architecture and interior design, and theatrical and
                                                                      exhibition lighting, and a number have started private practices.

                                                                      opposite (clockwise from upper left): Chanel Ginza, LED/Electrochromic Glass
                                                                      Media Wall by Parsons graduate Matthew Tanteri (’92) of Tanteri + Associates
                                                                      (photo by Vincent Knapp); energy-efficient lighting for Boston University’s Agganis
                                                                      Arena and Recreation Center lobby by Mark Loeffler, IALD (MFA ’90); a 25-foot table
                                                                      designed by lighting students for a dinner following Architectural Lighting maga-
                                                                      zine’s Light & Architecture Design Awards roundtable discussion; Loeffler’s design
                                                                      for the Boston University Life Science and Engineering Building.

                                                                                                                                                  18        19
Expanding the Theory of Interiors
                                                                                                                                       that’s new to Parsons, and Lois is perfect-    do it in a way that’s ahead of the curve, so     port has been so productive in advancing
                                                                                                                                       ly situated through her training and her       we have to tackle questions that can’t be        the program.
                                                                                                                                       work in Austin to do that in a way that very   addressed on the undergraduate level.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       We’re planning a symposium in March
                                                                                                                                       few people could. We’re really excited
                                                                                                                                                                                      lw: I always meet potential students who         on the state of interior design, to look
This year, the Department of Architecture, Interior Design, and Lighting                                                               about having Lois on board.
                                                                                                                                                                                      have finished undergraduate degrees and          at it with a view toward developing a
welcomes a new chair, architect and scholar Kent Kleinman, and a new                                                                   Another interesting subject on the table is    realized that they’re actually interested in     curriculum for the graduate program.
                                                                                                                                       a graduate studies program for interior        interiors. I think the knowledge such peo-       There will be lots of details forthcoming,
director of the interior design program, Lois Weinthal.
                                                                                                                                       design. We are quite determined to put         ple bring from having studied other disci-       but we just want everyone to know that
                                                                                                                                       one in place by fall 2009. What it’ll look     plines first often makes a program much          it’s going to be an exciting event. We’re
                                                                                                                                       like, we don’t know. We’re determined to       richer; it begins to link not just to Parsons,   going to put lots of questions on the
                                                                                                                                                                                      but to the rest of The New School.               table, and we’re inviting lots of people
As an introduction to the Parsons commu-         kk: The question of what constitutes the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       to come and talk to us.
nity, RE:D asked Kleinman and Weinthal           interior is interesting. What kind of clients                                                                                        kk: As we start thinking about expanding
to discuss their new bailiwick, its needs,       will we be serving in the future? What do                                                                                            into the graduate realm, the need for sup-       lw: The event is so important, especially
and goals for the future.                        the demographics mean for the profes-                                                                                                port for students is huge. We’re compet-         for the discipline, and I’m so excited for
                                                 sion of interior design? What new sites                                                                                              ing for the best in the world—that’s our         what will come out of it. It promises to be
kk: To begin, it is important to emphasize
                                                 and practices are available for future                                                                                               market—and we don’t want financial need          one of the collaborations that will lead to
that the department is made up of three
                                                 interior designers? What new kinds of                                                                                                to be a limiting factor. One of the needs        a new definition of interior design.
unique disciplines: lighting, architecture,
                                                 hybrid bodies are we housing? I think                                                                                                that we have—and it’s an urgent one—is
and interior design. What’s exciting is that                                                                                                                                                                                           kk: I want to add how much we’re going to
                                                 the future of the discipline, at least at                                                                                            to build scholarships for students.
we’re knitting those three disciplines                                                                                                                                                                                                 need the faculty’s advice as we move for-
                                                 Parsons, has to address these kinds
together in novel ways, which raises all                                                                                                                                              lw: It’s also important to mention the           ward into terrain that is pretty unknown.
                                                 of questions.
sorts of questions about their common-                                                                                                                                                support that the materials library has           There aren’t that many interior design
alities and differences. Asking questions        lw: This is true. Interiors is filling so many                                                                                       been given, not just as a source for stu-        graduate programs in the world, and we
is one thing that we have started to do          gaps that architects and industrial design-                                                                                          dents to reference, but also as a place to       want to be the best. We are lucky that we
very well, and we want to continue to do it      ers may have done in the past. Now the                                                                                               supply materials for full-scale experi-          have very, very successful alums that can
much more aggressively.                          interior designer is becoming the person                                                                                             ments. The materials are a necessary tool        guide, direct, and prevent us from falling
                                                 who coordinates everything. The disci-                                                                                               that students need for the experience of         off a cliff. We want to communicate to the
lw: This is a great opportunity for us to
                                                 pline encompasses much more.                     kent kleinman, whose scholarly       lois weinthal, who comes to                    working with them.                               alumni that we really need their help. It’s
be thinking about what interior design
                                                                                                  focus is 20th-century european       parsons from the university of                                                                  not just that we’re going forward and leav-
means at the present and how we can              I’m also very interested in what a theory                                                                                            kk: You can’t represent the sensual touch
                                                                                                  modernism, was previously            texas at austin, is particularly                                                                ing the past behind. It’s very much a con-
start cultivating a program that responds        of interior design might be. It’s one of the                                                                                         of a certain fabric, or the relationship of a
                                                                                                  professor and chair at the           interested in the relationships                                                                 solidation of the past, so that we move
to where it is situated right now. We also       elements of the curriculum that has been                                                                                             body to a piece of furniture—you have to
                                                                                                  department of architecture at        between architecture, interiors,                                                                forward collectively.
need to look at where it is going, because       lacking in the academic realm, and pro-                                                                                              build it. The beautiful thing about interior
there’s so much interaction between              fessionally it’s never really discussed. I’m     suny, buffalo. a recipient of        and objects. she has received
                                                                                                                                                                                      design is that you can build it; it’s not like
interiors, architecture, lighting, and textile   hoping that it will surface more through-        numerous grants and awards, he       grants from the graham
                                                                                                                                                                                      you’re designing a city. We need help to
and furniture design. One thing I’m really       out the undergraduate and graduate inte-         has exhibited worldwide and has      foundation, a fulbright award,
                                                                                                                                                                                      support that kind of activity. Here I want
looking forward to is actually building          rior design programs, as well as the             published works including            and a daad (german academic
                                                                                                                                                                                      to express our profound gratitude toward
those bridges, not only within our pro-          overall discipline.                              rudolf arnheim: revealing vision,    exchange service) award. she has
                                                                                                                                                                                      the Angelo Donghia Foundation, without
gram, but also to the rest of Parsons.                                                            the villa müller : a work of adolf   lectured, published, and exhibit-
                                                                                                                                                                                      whose support for the current materials
                                                 kk: Lois is bringing both creative energy        loos, and mies van der rohe : the    ed widely, and is principal of the
                                                                                                                                                                                      library, we couldn’t really be thinking
                                                 and scholarly rigor to the table, and I think    krefeld villas.                      design practice weinthal works.
                                                                                                                                                                                      about these experiments—we wouldn’t
                                                 it’s going to be exciting to try to write a
                                                                                                                                                                                      have the infrastructure. Donghia’s sup-
                                                 theory for interior design. It’s an agenda

                                                                                                                               20      21
re:cognition                                                                                                               upcoming aLumni events
                                                       Dear Alumni,                                                        Invitations will be mailed for all of these                                   april 30                                                                       CALIFORNIA
                                                       To keep ourselves warm this winter, we decided to crunch
                                                                                                                           events. If you do not receive one, please call                                runway show for alumni, press,                                                 april 9, 2007
                                                                                                                           212.229.5662 x3784 or email                                                   and students                                                                   reception for Los angeles alumni and parents
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                                                       21,500+: The number of Parsons alumni in all 50 states and more
                                                                                                                           full details.                                                                 New York, New York                                                             Los Angeles, California
                                                       than 75 countries around the world.
                                                                                                                           NEW YORK CITY                                                                 Featuring the work of Parsons’ graduating                                      If you live in the LA area, make sure we have
                                                       100: The age of our interior design, fashion design, and commu-
                                                                                                                           april 12–13                                                                   fashion design students.                                                       up-to-date contact information for you.
                                                       nication design programs. We’d like to thank the interior design
rachel e. denny ’0, Associate for Alumni Relations,
                                                       alumni who attended the reunion reception in October and invite
                                                                                                                           16th annual symposium on the decorative                                       may 19                                                                         august -9
and jessica l. arnold ’0 (ms), Director of Alumni                                                                         arts and design                                                               communication design centennial celebration                                    siggrapH 2007
Relations                                              you to check out selected photos from that event on page 8 (the     Target National Design Education Center at                                    55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor                                                 the 34th international conference on
                                complete set is available on our Web site). Communication Design celebrates its            Cooper-Hewitt.                                                                New York, New York                                                             computer graphics and interactive techniques
                                anniversary this semester with many exciting activities including the Timeline             2 East 91st Street, ground floor                                              For communication design and design and                                        San Diego, California
                                Project, an interactive Web site where alumni can contribute their experiences in the      New York, New York                                                            technology alumni.                                                             We will be holding an alumni reception in San
                                program, and a centennial celebration event on May 19.                                     The History of Decorative Arts and Design                                                                                                                    Diego during SIGGRAPH 2007. All alumni
                                                                                                                           MA program hosts its annual graduate student                                  may 22, 2007
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        attending the convention as well as those living
                                7,000+: The number of alumni who will receive invitations to Parsons The New                                                                                             parsons odd class-years reunion for those who
                                                                                                                           symposium, bringing together rising scholars                                                                                                                 in the San Diego area are welcome. Stay tuned
                                School for Design’s Reunion 2007 (for those who graduated in a year ending in 1, 3,        of the history of decorative arts, material                                   graduated in a year ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9.
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ARCHITECTURE/                                 Trade Center, which she collected from                                                     DESIgN & TECHNOLOgY                            aneta genova ’00 is involved in building        FASHION MARKETINg
                                              September 2001 to September 2002.                                                                                                         a helpful Web site for fashion students,
ARCHITECTURAL DESIgN                                                                                                                     siddharth jatia ’02 (MFA) has been                                                             sumit kumar ’01 (AAS) has successfully
                                              Each “tower” is 24” high and comprises                                                                                          ,
jeffrey olinger ’03 received a fellow-                                                                                                   working with the design firm Razorfish for                                                     combined his Parsons degree with his
                                              55 accordion-shaped books (totaling 110,                                                                                                  which lists a variety of sources for fabrics,
ship from EDAW London to work on the                                                                                                     the last year as senior Web strategist and                                                     engineering background from MIT in
                                              the number of floors each building had).                                                                                                  trims, leather, knitting, fashion, and art
2012 Olympic Games. He was also a final-                                                                                                 user experience lead. He previously                                                            Supply Chain Management. He currently
                                              Simpkins received an MA in Book Arts                                                                                                      supplies.
ist in the 2005 Green Builders Design                                                                                                    worked for Electronic Arts for more than                                                       works in operations and logistics as a
                                              from the London Institute’s Camberwell
Competition hosted by the U.S. Green                                                                                                     four years leading the production of                                                           consultant with Capgemini Consulting
                                              College of Arts in 1996.
Building Council.                                                                                                                        games like NCAA Football and Madden                                                            (formerly Ernst & Young).
                                              moulsari jain ’04 worked with Real                                                         NFL Football.
sarah schwaber ’05 worked on a project                                                                                                                                                                                                  jada (casteel) loveless ’01 (AAS)
                                              Design in New York City for two years,
that appeared as the “featured idea                                                                                                                                                                                                     launched a luxury handbag line in
                                              creating branding and materials for The
house” in the November issue of Coastal       Silk Road Project, Bill T. Jones Dance
                                                                                                                                         FASHION DESIgN                                                                                 September 2006. Within six weeks it was
Living magazine.                                                                                                                         ellen (howard) burkhart ’81 worked at                                                          picked up by Jeffrey New York and Atlanta,
                                              Company, Rubin Museum of Art, and
                                                                                          panteleimon “pantelis” melissinos              Donnkenny Apparel for 16 years as                                                              and she has met with other major luxury
                                              others. She recently moved to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        retailers. The collection includes clutches
COMMUNICATION DESIgN                          Amsterdam, “for a new experience.”          ’85 (Illustration), ’87 (MFA, Painting)        designer, senior designer, and then direc-
                                                                                          is a painter, playwright, set and costume      tor of technical design. She currently has                                                     and minaudieres made of exotic skins,
susan mendola angelo ’85 currently
                                                                                          designer, composer, and third-generation       her own soap company in Florida.                                                               and jewelry of vermeil encrusted with pre-
does freelance special publications work      HISTORY OF DECORATIVE                                                                                                                                                                     cious and semi-precious stones. Visit
                                                                                          sandal-maker (son of Stavros Melissinos,       lela rose ’93 (AAS) has recently signed a
for major corporations including Gannett.     ARTS AND DESIgN                             the famed “Poet Sandal-Maker of                                                                                                      for complete details.
Prior to this she worked for Savvy maga-                                                                                                 deal with Payless ShoeSource to create
                                              anne woodworth ’92 (MA) is editing          Athens”). Since the early 1920s,
zine and Arista Records (for eight years),                                                                                               the Lela Rose for Payless collection, a line   michelle haim ’00 (Interior Design)
until taking a break to spend time with her
                                              and design supervisor of APA Books at the   Melissinos Art in Athens’ Monistiraki dis-     of original footwear and accessory designs.    is a senior designer at the North Miami-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        FINE ARTS
                                              American Psychological Association.         trict has been a destination for artists,
children.                                                                                                                                The new line had its debut at Lela’s New       based design firm Fanny Haim &                  leslie wayne ’85 received the 2006 New
                                              diane wachs ’05 (MA) is a decorative arts   intellectuals, and seekers of the family’s     York Fashion Week show in February and                                                         York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in
mimi so ’88 was recently profiled in                                                                                                                                                    Associates. Haim’s designs for Centro, a
                                              specialist at Cowan’s Auctions in           custom-made footwear. It has been              will be available for purchase at Payless                                                      Painting. This year her work has been
Elements magazine for her success as a                                                                                                                                                  new 4,500-square-foot restaurant and
                                              Linwood, Ohio. Previously she was execu-    visited by the likes of Sophia Loren,          stores next fall. Lela designs ready-to-                                                       shown in Selections from the Permanent
jewelry designer. Her accomplishments                                                                                                                                                   lounge in Miami’s new Espiritu Santo
                                              tive director of the Headley-Whitney        Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and The            wear apparel under the Lela Rose label,                                                        Collection Since the 1950s at the Corcoran
include designing Neiman Marcus’ fastest                                                                                                                                                Plaza in the Brickell Key area, won a first-
                                              Museum in Lexington, Ohio. She has also     Beatles and was featured in Vogue maga-        which is sold in more than 70 specialty                                                        Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; Poesie
growing precious jewelry launch in histo-                                                                                                                                               place award in the Hospitality category of
                                              held curatorial positions with King Manor   zine and by NBC during the 2004 Athens         stores nationwide, as well as Bergdorf                                                         at the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York
ry, opening stores internationally, and                                                                                                                                                 the 2006 design competition sponsored
                                              in Queens, and the O’Connell Gallery at     Olympics. Pantelis has served as the artis-    Goodman, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus,                                                             City; Peace Tower/Whitney Biennial at the
adorning red carpet celebrities.                                                                                                                                                        by the American Society of Interior
                                              Trinity College in Washington, D.C.         tic director of the Greek Cultural Center in   Bloomingdale’s, and internationally in                                                         Whitney Museum of American Art in New
                                                                                                                                                                                        Designers’ Florida South chapter. Her
rosemary simpkins ’88 exhibited her                                                       New York City, and reviews of his recent       Canada, France, Italy, Russia, Taiwan,         work on the Miami restaurant Q Lounge           York; and Pull at the Red Gallery at
interactive sculptural “bookwork,” Twin                                                   hit play Bacchus named it among the best
                                              DESIgN AND                                                                                 and Japan.                                     was highlighted in Architectural Lighting       Savannah College of Art and Design. Her
Books, for two months this fall at the Cape                                               modern Greek comedies.
Cod Museum of Art. First shown in 2002,
                                              MANAgEMENT                                                                                 leah benjamin ’98 is senior designer of        magazine and the Miami Herald (which            solo show, Trouble in Paradise, will be at
                                                                                                                                         the women’s clothing collection at Calvin      also did a cover story on her work on a Bal     the Jack Shainman Gallery in 2007.
the piece contains clippings and photo-       elizabeth clark billipp ’05 is an
                                                                                                                                         Klein in New York.                             Harbour residence), and she has been            lisa petker-mintz ’87 has exhibited her
copies of news articles and other memo-       advertising account executive for People
                                                                                                                                                                                        featured in Casa & Estilo magazine.             artwork in New York City and Long Island
rabilia about the attacks on the World        Newspapers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        for the past 20 years. Her most recent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        show was at the Plainview-Old Bethpage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Library in November and December 2006,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        which featured her floral collages and

                                                                                                                                  2     2                                                                                             highly intricate linear graphite studies.
juri morioka ’90 presented a collection       peter fasano ’72 (AAS) is a wallpaper         hillary vermont ’72 (AAS) has her own          INTERIOR DESIgN                              PHOTOgRAPHY                                  IN MEMORIAM
of paintings, Pure Love, in June 2006 at      and fabric designer with a showroom in        manufacturing business, Tic Toc Rocks, in
                                                                                                                                           charles rutherford ’51 was elected           gina cassese ’06 is working as a graphic     florence klotz ’41 died November 1,
Butters Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Her      Dallas, whose celebrity clients include       Sante Fe, New Mexico. Inspired by the
                                                                                                                                           Life Member of the Interior Designers        designer for LiveTechnology, a provider of   2006, at age 86. Six-time Tony award win-
newest works, Compositions in Four            Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart, and Tiger      beauty of the Southwest, Vermont etches
                                                                                                                                           Guild, the oldest interior designers group   marketing communications technology          ner Klotz designed some of Broadway’s
Dimensions, are on display this February      Woods. He was recently summoned to the        rocks with ancient motifs and her own
                                                                                                                                           in Texas.                                    offering an array of online business solu-   most memorable costumes: The beaded
and March at Merge Gallery in New York        White House by Laura Bush to work on the      designs, transforming them into afford-
                                                                                                                                           zoya bograd ’87 and scott sanders            tions. Gina has recently designed an         showgirl togs for Follies, the ornate
City. (                          wallpaper and upholstery in several           able home accessories including clocks,
                                                                                                                                           ’98 participated in the 2006 Designer        application for voice-over IP communica-     Japanese robes of Pacific Overtures, and
olja stipanovi ’98 (BFA) and ’00 (MFA)        rooms, including the Lincoln and master       coasters, and tables. Previously she
                                                                                                                                           Showhouse of New Jersey, where more          tions geared toward the online gaming        the iconic webbed dress worn by Chita
exhibited photographs at the Centre           bedrooms. His distinctive hand-printed        worked for ten years in advertising at large
                                                                                                                                           than 20 professionals collaborated to        community.                                   Rivera in Kiss of the Spider Woman.
Culturel Français de Turin in Turin, Italy,   designs, available only to the design         agencies and CBS Records and then start-
                                              trade, are carried in 14 showrooms across     ed her own graphic licensing business,         “create a masterpiece in interior design                                                  stuart shedletsky (faculty) died on
this December and January. The show,
                                              the country.                                  Hillary Vermont Designs, whose licensees       and landscaping for a modern-day man-                                                     May 29, 2006, age 62. Shedletsky was a
Video Dia Logh, featured several interna-
                                                                                            include MoMA, the Metropolitan Opera,          sion in Saddle River.”                                                                    beloved and influential member of the
tional artists.
                                                                                            and the Smithsonian. Contact her via           sheila bridges ’93 is currently embark-                                                   Parsons fine arts faculty for more than 30
                                                                                            email at,           ing on a new Internet venture, www.                                                       years. An artist and curator, he has had
gRAPHIC DESIgN                                                                                                                                                                                                                       work in numerous solo and group exhibi-
                                                                                            and visit and www., to keep design-
jack looney ’56 (AAS) recently published                                                   conscious consumers privy to notable                                                      tions and is represented in the permanent
a book titled Now Batting, Number…                                                          hillaryvermont.                                interior design trends, products, and                                                     collections of the Whitney Museum of
The Mystique, Superstition, and Lore                                                                                                       resources. She is an accomplished interi-                                                 American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and
of Baseball’s Uniform Numbers (Black                                                                                                                                                                                                 the Albright Knox Gallery, among others.
                                                                                            ILLUSTRATION                                   or designer, perhaps best known for
Dog & Leventhal Publishers). It took                                                                                                       designing Bill Clinton’s New York offices.                                                Born and raised in Brooklyn, he studied at
him 14 years to compile this passionate                                                     michael chesworth ’86 is a children’s                                                                                                    Parsons and the University of New Mexico
                                                                                            book illustrator. His most recent work,        marina shevelev ’95 is co-creator of the
look at the numbers in the game of                                                                                                                                                                                                   before receiving his MFA from Yale.
                                                                                                                                           family-run real estate development com-      Image Courtesy of Interior Design magazine
baseball that includes dream teams,                                                         Inventor McGregor, follows Rainy Day
                                                                                                                                           pany Princeton Development Associates.       paul siskin ’79 (Interior Design) believes   adrienne “adri” steckling-coen ’58
boyhood idols, history, retired numbers,                                                    Dream (1992), Archibald Frisby (1994) and
                                                                                                                                           She and her husband, Michael Shevelev,       the substance of space and its ability to    died November 5, 2006. A sportswear
behind-the-scenes tales, complete ros-                                                      Alphaboat (2002), all published by Farrar
                                              ethel clark smith ’27 (Interior Design).                                                     work together, combining her interior        function matter as much as its style, and    designer known for clean lines and color-
ters, and hundreds of photographs. Jack                                                     Straus & Giroux. For more information,
                                              During her extraordinary 70-year career in                                                   design skills with his woodworking and       all should reflect its inhabitants. He       ful patterns, she began in the studios of
and his book were featured on the front                                                     visit
                                              interior design, Smith (with Betty Sherrill                                                  business background to create desirable      launched the New York–based interior         designers including Oleg Cassini and
page of the sports section of the Bergen                                                    joseph dunn ’01 writes a comic series                                                                                                    Anne Fogarty and at retailer B.H. Wragge.
                                              ’51, above) created rooms in the White                                                       homes in the Princeton, New Jersey, area.    design firm Siskin Valls in 1984 and was
County Record in August, on ESPN2’s                                                         about “crappy movies” titled Joe Loves                                                                                                   She launched her own collection, Adri
                                              House, the Ritz Carlton in Boston, and the                                                   anna wolcott ’04 works for Sarah Smith       ranked among the country’s top 100
Cold Pizza in July, and on more than 50                                                     Crappy Movies. It has been published for                                                                                                 Designs, Inc., in 1966, and created lines
                                              Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck,                                                         Interiors, Inc.                              designers by both New York and House
radio shows nationwide.                                                                     the past year online at                                                                                                      under several different labels, including
                                              New York. After studying at the New York                                                                                                  Beautiful magazines. He was inducted
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Collectors Items and Clothes Circuit. In
                                              School of Fine and Applied Arts (now                                                                                                      into the Interior Design magazine Hall of
                                              Parsons), Smith worked under the direc-                                                                                                   Fame in November.                            1976 she opened Adri Studio Limited on
                                              tion of Eleanor Brown (’20), the legendary                                                                                                                                             Seventh Avenue, which is now a private
                                                                                                                                                                                        “I try to express what my clients want,”
                                              founder of McMillen, Inc. Among Smith’s                                                                                                                                                client, buy-and-order-based company run
                                                                                                                                                                                        says Siskin. “But often what they want are
                                              clients were Douglas Dillon, George                                                                                                                                                    from Adri’s loft on West 20th Street. The
                                                                                                                                                                                        design fantasies. One aspect of my job is
                                              Abbott, Mrs. Joseph P. Kennedy, Doris                                                                                                                                                  studio plans to issue a spring collection.
                                                                                                                                                                                        to bring them back to reality about the
                                              Duke, and Marshall Field.                                                                                                                                                              A memorial service was held at Parsons
                                                                                                                                                                                        way they actually live.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     on February 9.

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donors to parsons
                                                                                                                                                                       Doo Young and Chan Kyung Lee (P)      Platinum Design                         Gifts of $1–$99 totaled almost $14,000.     fine arts
                                                                                                                                                                       Enid S. Lee ’83                       Nataliya Ponomaryova                    Every gift helps and we thank each of you   Lester Martin Scholarship
                                                                                                                                                                       Michael W. Lehr ’87                   Richard and Barbara Pool (P)            for your contribution.                      Blanche Sussman Scholarship
                                                                                                                                                                       Joseph R. Lembo ’77                   PVM Designs
                                                                                                                                                                       Paul T. and Brenda Liistro (P)        Margaret Rather Curlet ’68              Key:                                        fine arts mfa
                                                                                                                                                                       Deanna Littell ’60                    Susan Refsnes ’75                       *=Deceased                                  Chaim Gross Sculpture Scholarship
parsons thanks the following            Juan Del Rivero (P)                           The Marsh Family Trust                    Anna M. Deluca ’85                     Warren Liu                            Martha B. Reinken ’50                   P=Parent of a Parsons student               Oscar Kolin Fellowship
                                        Lucille A. Diorio ’75                         Anthony Mason (P)                         Margaret J. El ’83                     Eugenie Livanos ’95                   Reverb                                                                              Blanche Sussman Scholarship
donors for their contributions to
                                        Jamie D. Drake ’78                            The Dominic Mondavi Family (P)            Anne T. Elbaqali ’75                   Mark Loeffler IALD ’90                Christian Rodriguez ’05                 We made every attempt to ensure
the annual fund in 200.
                                        Jeffery and Evie Engler (P)                   Ralph and Sandra D. Owen ’57              June Ellien ‘94                        Mary Ann ’80 and                      Elizabeth J. Rosen ’88                  this list is as accurate as possible.       general
                                        Marjorie Feeney ’51 and Robert Feeney         Phyllis Oxman ’71                         Rochelle G. Etingin ’54                   Salvatore Lomonaco MD              Richard A. Rosenfeld ’67                If you notice an error, please contact      Stanley Curtis Scholarship
                                        Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund                 Rosemarie A. Rawson ’85                   Jose and Tania Fano (P)                Hector E. Lopez ’87                   Geoffrey M. Roth ’97                    the Parsons Development Office at           Mr. & Mrs. F. Burrall Hoffman Scholarship
The Brown Foundation Inc.
                                        Ann ’76 and Joel Horowitz                     Danielle Roberts ’88                      Paul A. Farris ’83                     David C. Lubman ’91                   Jacqueline E. Rothman ’91               212.229.8590 x4396.                         Berthold and Erna Mechur Scholarship
Alice Dorn
                                        Jewish Communal Fund of New York              Timothy Shepard and Andra Georges (P)     Sally J. ’90 and Peter M. Finnican     Lynda L. MacDonald ’95                Valeriy Ryadchikov (P)                                                              Laverne Neil Scholarship
Nancy Dorn
                                        Jewish Community Foundation                   Elizabeth A. Terrell ’76                  Daniel and Elizabeth Fitzsimmons (P)   Lisa Maddox ’96                       Mary E. Sabbatino ’80                   parsons the new school                      Michael Tebbs Nunn
                                        Kei Kin and Stephen Chin Jo (P)               Marshall and Sally K. Tycher (P)          Milco Flores                           Aila M. Main ’99                      Rose Lou T. Saldana (P)                 for design scholarships/                      Emergency Loan Fund
                                                                                                                                                                       Robert B. Mang                        Kathleen D. ’87 and William Samuelson                                               Parsons General Scholarship Fund
David B. Ford                           Michele Kahn ’04                              Delores Viarengo ’95                      Linda R. Foa ’64                                                                                                     departments
                                        KMW USA, Inc.                                 Andrew H. Weigel                          Barry Folsom and Tracey Stewart (P)    Umberto A. Marcucci ’57               Laura F. Santisi-Johnson ’76                                                        Charles Paterson Scholarship
Reed D. Krakoff ’89
                                        Debbie Kuo ’85                                Marjorie J. Wright ’82                    Erica S. Forester                      Brenda Mason (P)                      Carla M. Sardeira ’93                                                               Laura and John Pomerantz Scholarship
Eck Meng Goh                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         architecture
                                        Pauline and Robert W. Kwan (P)                David Zackin                              Alyce A. Fountaine ’45                 Emily P. Maxwell ’42                  K. J. Sayler ’76                                                                    Natalie Pion Scholarship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Anderson Scholarship
                                        Derek Lam ’90                                                                           Alfred Geller (P)                      Susan L. McCardell ’47                Carole A. Schaffer ’86                                                              Alice Robinson Scholarship
$10,000–$24,999                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Robert Hoerle Scholarship
                                        Ki Sang and Sang Eun Lee (P)                  $100–$499                                 Geller Media Management, Inc.          Cynthia J. McLoughlin ’84             John C. Scribner (P)                                                                Malcolm and Betty Smith Scholarship
president’s associates                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Michael Kalil Endowment
                                        Natalie K. Loggins ’95                        Jane E. Aaron ’88                         Carl Gewirz                            Terry McQuillin ’76                   Jenny Shiu Yen Lee (P)                                                              C.V. Starr Scholarship
Paul R. Aaron
                                        W. Bruce Lunsford (P)                         Jill Alanko (P)                           Gabriel W. Gigliotti ‘03               William A. McRobbie ’73               Harold R. Simmons, Jr. ’65                                                          Myrtle Whitehill Scholarship
The Jayne and Leonard Abess Family                                                                                                                                                                                                                   communication design
                                        Mark Mancini ’85                              Barbara Alley-Simon ’58                   Patrick and Judith Gigliotti (P)       Walter Mehr ’48                       Robert C. Simon ’66
  Foundation, Inc.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Joyce DiMauro Memorial Scholarship
                                        Thomas Milo (P)                               Jorge Alva ’88                            Flora Gill ’02                         John T. Melton ’66                    Trudy Slater ’93                                                                    illustration
Pamela Bell                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kathy Dunn Memorial Scholarship
                                        Robert Mundheim                               Hanay K. Angell ’90                       Gloria Gleason ’52                     Judith E. Messina                     Louisa Smith ’82                                                                    Alice Boldt Shifman Memorial
Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Pride K. Leong Scholarship
                                        Samuel Plimpton and                           Atelier Lumiere Inc.                      Engte C. Go (P)                        Joel Michalek                         Nulsen Smith                                                                           Scholarship
Gubelmann Family Foundation, Inc.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Willard and Aura Levitas Scholarship
                                           Wendy Shattuck (P)                         Ellen and Richard Babcock (P)             Larry G. Goldstein                     James H. Millis Jr. (P)               Cynthia S. Sobel ’62
James Gubelmann ’73                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cipe Pineles Scholarship
                                        Princeton Development Associates              David C. Barrineau ’97                    Peter Gong ’97                         Elena Miranda ’99                     Lorna Soh ’05                                                                       interior design
Hans-Peter Hamm (P)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Henry Wolf Communication Design
                                        Diane D. and Steven Reynolds (P)              David B. Barritt ’77                      Paul H. Gregory ’92                    Abigail Moore ’87                     Ann D. Sole ’83                                                                     Anderson Scholarship
Andrew S. and Fatima Ng (P)                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Scholarship
                                        Cathy Weiss Siegal                            David S. Baskin (P)                       Mary Louise Guertler ’61               Patricia Muhilly ’73                  Sylvia C. Soler Armstrong ’78                                                       Mary Brandt Scholarship
Sally Susman
                                        Jessica Slavin ’09                            Karen W. Baumann ’00                      Anne E. Hall ’74 and William Sorin     Yoshiye E. Murase ’52                 Roger D. Soman                                                                      Brunschwig & Fils Scholarships
Cora and Douglas Thomas (P)                                                                                                                                                                                                                          decorative arts
                                        Sumner A. and Sharon G. Slavin (P)            Aldo A. Becci ’49                         Young Jo Ham (P)                       Robert B. Neubecker ’75               Piyada A. Sookdee ’93                                                               Tom Fox Scholarship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Ruth F. Meyers Weinberg Scholarship
                                        Margaret Smith ’89                            Laurie Beckelman                          Gina I. Han (P)                        Mary C. Newell ’84                    Mark Stern ’83                                                                      Adelaide H. Gadde Scholarship
                                        Celina Stabell ’98                            Belle Fleur LLC                           Jennifer S. Harris ’94                 Joshua Niedelman ’02                  Mary Ellen B. Stottmann ’65                                                         Ruth F. Meyers Weinberg Scholarship
parsons table society                                                                                                                                                                                                                                design and management
                                        Marcy Syms                                    Thomas Bezucha ’88                        Myka J. Harris ’02                     Louis and Anna Niedelman (P)          Frances G. Suder ’47
Cherie and Bruce Burton (P)                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Robert Hoerle Scholarship
                                        Sy Syms Foundation                            Anna Bickford ’88                         Joann P. Hill ’90                      Debora Nilssen ’68                    Issac Suder                                                                         photography
Henza and Nuri Colakoglu (P)
                                        The Teck Foundation                           Bonnie Birnbaum ’77                       Lynn S. Hock ’02                       Kenneth H. Nilssen ’67                Kyouichi Takeishi                                                                   Marty Forscher Photo Award
The Corita Charitable Trust                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fashion
                                        J. Nicholson and Kakuko O. Thomas (P)         Bonnie Birnbaum Interiors                 Craig ’74 and Gail L. ’77 Hollenback   James O. Noel ’55                     Kazumi Tanimura ’96                                                                 Photo Award Dinner Scholarship
Andra B. Ehrenkranz                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A/X Armani Exchange Scholarship
                                        Wally Findlay Galleries International, Inc.   Gisa Botbol                               Konrad Huber ’93                       Northwestern Mutual Foundation        Jo Ann Tansman ’77
Fresh Inc.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Perry Ellis CFDA Scholarship
                                        Ding Y. Yang (P)                              Stephanie B. ’58 and F. Bruce Bradshaw    Hughes Family Rev. Trust Agreement     Kalman Noselson                       Terrence Comella Design Studio                                                      programmatic support
The Godfrey Family Foundation                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Perry Ellis Estate Scholarship
                                        Glenn Yusuf (P)                               Patricia P. Brett ’92                       for Jointly Owned Prop.              Richard Obus ’62*                     John H. Thomas, Jr. ’74                                                             We would like to acknowledge the
Jay Godfrey ’04                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      John Fresco Scholarship
                                                                                      Elena S. Brown ’00                        Rosemary Hughes ’53                    Candy O’Donel-Browne ’63              Hang J. Tsao (P)                                                                    William Randolph Hearst Foundation for
Goldman Sachs & Co.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Herbert Gallen Scholarship
                                        $500–$999                                     Kathrin Brown (P)                         Victoria Hyman ’76                     Jane B. Oh ’92                        Irene N. Vandervoort ’92                                                            its generous support of the Student
Joseph R. Gromek                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Stanley Heller Award for Excellence in
                                        Anthony Mason Associates, Inc.                David C. Burger                           Interior Details, Ltd.                 Young Cho Ok                          Ashleigh Verrier ’04                                                                Industry Partnership Program, which
Earl S. Kluft (P)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Menswear Design
                                        Paulette L. Bogan-Johnston ’83                Bruce and Berlita Calumpong (P)           Marilyn Jeffrey                        Masayoshi N. and Kayoka Osawa (P)     Verrier LLC                                                                         funds stipends to students working with
Anand G. and Anuradha Mahindra (P)                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Melanie Kahane Scholarship
                                        Dolores C. Braxton ’50                        Francis and Sandra P. Cannon              Richard Johnson ’76                    Annabelle R. Osmena ’58               Helene R. Walker ’87                                                                nonprofit organizations, and the Estate
Cora ’51 and Clarence Michalis                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Gene Kahn Scholarship
                                        Timothy S. Button ’75                         Kristin A. Caskey ’87                     Mary L. Kates ’90                      Jo Ellen Panton ’66                   Wallace Church Associates, Inc.                                                     of Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence for
Alina Roytberg ’84                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   R.M. Kaplan Scholarship
                                        John F. Byers IV ’96                          Katharina E. Castiblanco Grammer ’84      Robin K. Kelly ‘96                     Sungyon Park ’97                      Mary E. Weinmann                                                                    their dedication to Parsons’ pre-college
Franz-Josef and Petra Schwarz (P)                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Adolf Klein Scholarship
                                        Dorothea K. Darden ’97                        Jack F. Ceglic ’53                        Erica M. Kim ’03                       Susan Parr ’86                        Claire S. Werner-O’Brien ’83                                                        program by supporting the Lawrence
Jessica M. Weber ’66                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Vincent Knoll Scholarship
                                        Barbara D. Etherington ’46                    Ronnie S. ’53 and Seymour Chalif          Sung Sik Kim                           Anthony Pellino ASID ’86              Cedric C. and Coleen Whittington                                                    Scholars Program, which provides schol-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Carole Little Scholarship
                                        Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund                 Sil K. and Ping Chon (P)                  Wak Gun and Young Hee Kim (P)          Meredith Waga Perez ’91               Sharon R. Wilkes ’75                                                                arships for high-school students.
$1,000–$4,999                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Claire McCardell Scholarship
                                        Janice W. Gewirtz ’78                         Jee Y. Choung ’64                         Young Ho Kim and Jae Suk Baek (P)      Jeffrey A. and Nancie Perlowitz ’93   Nan Ruvel and Sheldon Winner (P)
frank alvah parsons society                                                                                                                                                                                                                          NAMSB Scholarship
                                        The Henry B. Plant Memorial Fund, Inc.        Yookyung C. Chung ’01                     Katarina Kirilcuk-Kojak ’82            John R. Peterson                      Yiu Tung B. Wong
Francis H. Abbott (P)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Norman Norell Scholarship
                                        Connie and Kevin C. Howe (P)                  Stanley Church ’63                        Soteria ’92 and George N. Kledaras     James Pickman (P)                     Lydia B. Yaslow ’74
Lucia T. Benton ’00                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Samuel Brent Robinson Scholarship
                                        Linda M. Kane (P)                             Terrence Comella ’80                      Beatrice Kovich ’75                    Aileen Piffard (P)                    Suk K. Yim
James Borynack ’67                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Saks Fifth Avenue Scholarship
                                        Barbara M. ’99 and Edward J. Laux             Computer Associates International, Inc.   Paul R. Kuhn ’85                       Michael J. Pinto ’87                  Chin Y Yu
The Boston Foundation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Isabel and Irving Tolkin Scholarship
                                        Behna M. Levin                                Leonard R. and Maria Corwin (P)           Jessie and Tony Kwan (P)               Peter J. Pioli ’69                    Mitchell T. Yu (P)
Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Inc.                                                                                                                                                                                                                David Warren Memorial Scholarship
                                        John A. ’75 and Laura F. Lijewski             Rachael B. Cronin ’87                     Helene R. Lanster ’50                  Mary Pisarkiewicz ’79                 Rebecca L. Zaslow ’88
Rosalind Cohen ’29
Rosalind G. Cohen Trust                 Robert S. Lu ’79                              Odette T. de Bruniere ’41                 Mary N. Lantzounis ’60
College Central Network Inc.            Ann-Lindsay Marsh (P)                         Peter de Seve ’80                         Chih-Shan Lee
CRE Fund
                                                                                                                                                                                         The Gift of Education
                                                                                                                                                                                          Parsons The New School for Design relies on the generosity
                                                                                                                                                                                          of dedicated individuals and organizations to provide students
                                                                                                                                                                                          with merit- and need-based competitive scholarships to pursue
                                                                                                                                                                                          their educations. The gift of endowed scholarship support is a
   Ling-Zhi Hew                                                                                                                                                                           wonderful way to have a lasting impression on the lives of stu-
                                                                                                                                                                                          dents and create a legacy that lives on for many years.

                                                                                                                                                                                          In honor of the program’s centennial, we are proud to highlight
                                                                                                                                                                                          the 2006–07 interior design scholarship recipients:

                                                                                                                                                                                          Katherine Bragg: Tom Fox Scholarship and
                                                                                                                                                                                             Ruth F. Meyers Weinberg Scholarship
                                                                                                                                                                                          Alba Contreras: Mary Brandt Scholarship
                                                                                                                                                                                          Martina Sencakova: Adelaide Gadde Scholarship
                                                                                          Ling-Zhi Hew                                                                                    Laura Cheung: Brunschwig & Fils Scholarship

                                                                                                                                                                                          To learn more about how to make a gift of a scholarship to any

                                                                                                                    Katherine Bragg                                                       of Parsons’ departments, please contact Lucretia Cavan in the
                                                                                                                                                                                          development office at 212.229.8590 x4218 or

                                                                                                                                      Katherine Bragg                           

         Martina Sencakova

       Martina Sencakova

                                                                        Laura Cheung

katherine bragg is the recipient of both the Tom Fox and the Ruth F. Meyers Weinberg                                                                                                                              Laura Cheung
scholarships. She is involved in Parsons’ Target collaboration, has interned with
Tsao and McKown Architects, and is currently interning with interior designer
Danielle Galland. In December 2006 she received the Rising Star Award at the
                                                                                                                                            We are pleased to announce that two Parsons students were selected to receive the prestigious
Women in Design Award Luncheon.
                                                                                                                                            full-tuition scholarship supported by the Angelo Donghia Foundation. Schools may submit
martina sencakova is the recipient of the Adelaide Gadde Scholarship. She is a junior                                                       only two students for consideration, and out of 80-plus candidates across the country, both of
studying commercial interior design, and is eyeing a future in the healthcare industry.                                                     Parsons’ entrants, paula rodriguez and ling-zhi hew, won.
                                                                                                     Laura Cheung                                                                                                                                   Katherine Bragg
laura cheung received the Brunschwig & Fils Scholarship, which allowed her to
study in Paris. She is a senior graduating in May.
aLumni spotLigHt                                                                                                                     re:spond
Victoria Hagan ’84                                                                                                                   Jamie Drake ’78
                                                               Victoria graduated from Parsons in 1984, in what was then the                                                       what is your best parsons memory?             what do you think is the most
                                                               environmental design program. She wasted no time making a                                                           The excitement of my first day—wearing        exciting trend in your field today?
                                                               mark for herself professionally, and, by 1991, she had started her                                                  a jumpsuit, ready to be a designer and        New materials and technological
                                                               own design firm, Victoria Hagan Interiors. Her talent was recog-                                                    a New Yorker.                                 advances are the industry trends that
                                                               nized early on by many and in 1995 New York magazine named                                                                                                        most excite and fascinate me.
                                                                                                                                                                                   is there one piece of advice you wish
                                                               her one of the “10 Top Trend-Setting Designers.” In 2002 she
                                                                                                                                                                                   you’d had then? Yes, and that would           what is your most marked charac-
                                                               was cited by Architectural Digest as one of the “AD 100,” the 100
                                                                                                                                                                                   have been, don’t go out dancing ’til the      teristic? Optimism. My glass is always
                                                               most important and influential interior and architectural design-
                                                                                                                                                                                   wee hours the night before deadlines.         half full. And forgiveness; I can have a
                                                               ers. Two years later, she was inducted into the Interior Design
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 meltdown, but get over it in 15 minutes.
                                                               Hall of Fame.                                                                                                       what was your first job after
                                                                                                                                                                                   college? I started my own firm right          what’s your current obsession?
                                                               Her work as a designer is characterized by a clear understanding
                                                                                                                                                                                   away. Literally, two days after graduation    Creating a new baroque vocabulary. I am
                                                               of the relationships of interiors, architecture, fine art, furnish-
                                                                                                                                                                                   I got a call asking me if I would take on     fascinated with voluptuous forms, from
                                                               ings, and products. Her portfolio includes an impressive range of
                                                                                                                                                                                   the design of two apartments in the           the 17th century to the 1940s, and how to
                                                               residential and commercial interiors, a signature line of home
                                                                                                                                                                                   same building for a friend and his father.    transform those into a modern language.
                                                               furnishings, and, most recently, a product line with Target that
                                                               has launched her name and her design sensibilities into the                                                         what’s the best part of your job              what’s the last book you read?
                                                               public realm in a whole new, broadly accessible way.                                                                now? My favorite part is truly getting to     The Beautiful Fall, a fantastic read about
                                                                                                                                     Known for dynamic interiors that are          know my clients, then finding the solu-       the rivalry between Yves St. Laurent and
                                                               As her success has soared, Victoria has remained committed to
                                                                                                                                     beautifully bold yet exceptionally livable,   tions that express their personalities.       Karl Lagerfeld.
                                                               her alma mater, in particular to helping the school continually
                                                                                                                                     New York-based interior designer Jamie
                                                               build its strengths in interior design studies. Most recently, she                                                  what did your mother want you to              who would you invite to your ideal
                                                                                                                                     Drake has created spaces for high-profile
                                                               has been a wise and forward-thinking proponent of extending                                                         be when you grew up? A lawyer, doctor,        dinner party? I’d fill my table with
The New School Board of Trustees presents the                                                                                        clients around the world. At Parsons he
                                                               the interior design curriculum by strengthening its connections                                                     or architect. I guess I ended up fulfilling   Louis Kahn, Charles de Bestegui, Marie
                                                                                                                                     earned his degree in three years, received
Distinguished Service Award to individuals who                 with the architecture and lighting programs. Victoria has also                                                      all three in a way.                           Antoinette, Busby Berkeley, Mahatma
                                                                                                                                     the Decorators Club Award, and interned
                                                               been an enthusiastic supporter of the Centurion Award event,                                                                                                      Gandhi, Beau Brummel, Faye Dunaway,
have shown exceptional dedication to the uni-                                                                                        with the late Angelo Donghia. Drake was       when did you know that you wanted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and Nostradamus.
                                                               which in its first two years celebrated the lives and work of
                                                                                                                                     inducted into the Interior Design Hall of     to be an interior designer? I first
versity. Interior designer and board of governors              Parsons alumni Albert Hadley and Betty Sherrill, and brought
                                                                                                                                                                                   knew it was my calling when I was about       if you could re-imagine any space in
                                                                                                                                     Fame in 2003, and in 2005 he published
                                                               new public and media attention to the interior design program.
member Victoria Hagan (along with four others)                                                                                       Jamie Drake’s New American Glamour            six. I was in charge of decorating and        the world, which one would it be?
                                                               Beyond her time, good counsel, and enthusiasm, Victoria has
                                                                                                                                     (Bulfinch Press). He is currently working     antiques for the backyard fort I had built    The White House, politically, as the inte-
was presented with the award at the President’s                also generously supported Parsons through her financial gifts for
                                                                                                                                     on a private foundation’s home in a land-     with my best friend.                          rior is quite beautiful.
Council reception on October 25, 2006. This is                 programs, scholarships, and special projects.
                                                                                                                                     marked New York City townhouse, a
                                                                                                                                                                                   if you hadn’t taken up interior               what is your favorite red thing?
the citation read in her honor:                                For her remarkable dedication to Parsons, for the pride she has       25,000-square-foot government project,
                                                                                                                                                                                   design, what would you have been?             A searing hot summer sunset sky.
                                                               fostered as one of the school’s most distinguished and involved       and a new house in the Hamptons. His
Victoria Hagan is an exemplary member of the extended commu-                                                                                                                       A criminal trial lawyer, either defense
                                                               alumni, and for her commitment to the highest standards of            fabric collection for Schumacher launches
nity of Parsons The New School for Design. She is someone                                                                                                                          or prosecution. Think Law and Order.
                                                               education at Parsons, The New School is honored to present            this spring.
whose engagement with the school spans many years and many     Victoria Hagan with the Distinguished Service Award.
roles: she is an alumna of Parsons, a member of the board of                                                                         Photos by Matthew Sussman
governors, and a generous supporter of the school.             Photo by Peter Freed

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