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LaRoche College, Interior Design Department

The Interior Design Department at LaRoche College provides sustainable education as part of the programís curriculum. While the lead course is the Junior Studio, the technology courses are ramping up to integrate sustainable principles as part of the Interior's program.
Students who have advanced to upper level studios take a more rigorous and applied sequence of sustainable education. Junior Studio offered either in the summer or fall semester targets environmental issues. The method of education is approached holistically. The goal is to develop a deeper understanding of sustainable design starting with personal choices to work related decisions. Sustainable supporting life styles, applied interior design and architectural methodologies, worldwide indigenous systems, cultural practices, awareness of materials and technologies are the basic components of this course. The LEED rating system is also part of the focus. Field trips, speakers and Internet research are components that enhance the in class instruction.
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9000 Babcock Blvd
Pittsburgh , PA 15237
Website: http://www.laroche.edu/academics-general/DisciplineDetail.asp?DisciplineID=28

Detailed Information:
Areas of expertise would include the built environment as a whole with emphasis on the interiors. The environmental issues addressed within that domain are the following:
a. The understanding from a global perspective of interior design methodologies.
b. The understanding from a global perspective of how our decisions regarding how we design and what we specify impact the environment.
c. The holistic awareness of sustainability from understanding landfills, organic farming,
tracking manufacturing processes and advertising claims from furniture to make-up, basic recycling tracking to products made of recycled content with particular emphasis on products made for interiors.
d. Indoor air quality as a result of the products an interior designer would specify that would contribute to a healthy environment.
e. Awareness of energy efficient appliances and systems.
f. Awareness of private and governmental organizations that are involved with environmental programs and policies.
g. Awareness of historical and current environmental issues through readings, news, journals, etc.

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