It's gonna be M.A.A.E.

September
2
2015
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Ever imagine living on another planet — Mars, perhaps? The SCAD architecture department went past imagination with one professor, seven students and their design for a sustainable housing solution for Earth and beyond.

Their design, titled Mars Artificial Atmospheric Envelope (M.A.A.E.), was submitted to the NASA and America Makes 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge. As a new $2.25 million competition, the challenge is to design and build a 3-D printed habitat for deep space exploration, including the agency’s journey to Mars.

M.A.A.E. is designed with a resilient shell made from advanced 3-D printing technologies and available natural resources to protect against the extreme conditions found on Mars. The approach of the creation focuses on a human-centric design in order to provide for the inhabitants' psychological and physiological well-being. Ideally, the location of this design is inside the Gale crater due to the found layers of in-situ material, natural shelter from extreme windstorms, potential water source and proximity to the Mars Curiosity Rover. The team also designed a more advanced, Mars-sustainable 3-D printer to aid in the creation of M.A.A.E.

On August 10, team MP1-S7 from the summer 2015 Architectural Craft and Tectonics (ARCH 428/728) class received notification as a finalist within the competition. Starting as entry #142 out of over 200 contestants, MP1-S7 currently stands within the top 30 submissions. Now they prepare for the first official phase of the event: the 2015 World Maker Faire in New York on September 26 and 27.

Professor Ryan Bacha leads the talented group of SCAD students that make up MP1-S7: Charles A. Drummond (M.Arch, candidate), Noe A. Figueroa (B.F.A., architecture and sculpture, senior), Karishma A. Goradia (M.Arch, candidate), Cameron N. Hoskins (M.Arch, candidate), Alex Morales (B.F.A., architecture, junior), Alsharif Khaled M. Naha (B.F.A., architecture, senior) and Jordan Rich (B.F.A., architecture, senior).

Phase one of the competition requires the participants to develop state-of-the-art architectural concepts, which take advantage of the distinct capabilities 3-D printing offers. At this stage, judgement awards a prize purse of $50,000. MP1-S7 will present a scaled 3-D printed model, approximately 18”x18”x14”, created at SCAD’s Fahm Hall.

Phase two includes two levels of challenges. Level 1, the Structural Member Competition, focuses on fabrication technologies needed to create the structural components from a combination of indigenous materials and recyclables. Level 2, the On-Site Habitat Competition, tasks competitors to assemble full-scale habitats using native content or a combination of recyclables. Each level carries a $1.1 million prize.

With three more weeks until the World Maker Faire, we wish team MP1-S7 the best of luck!

The best of the Hong Kong webcomic challenge

September
1
2015
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This spring, a small group of SCAD Hong Kong students released their original webcomics to a global community of indie creators and eager subscribers. Challenged by former sequential art professor Mia Goodwin, students in her online comics class put their skills to the test. The task? Create a story and publish it online at the end of the 10-week course. The result is a series of unconventional stories and fresh explorations combining a range of digital techniques used in today’s art industries.

Below are our top four picks from Professor Goodwin’s challenge.

Tales from the Well
Jessica & Jacinta Wibowo
Jakarta, Indonesia
B.F.A., sequential art and animation

Inspired by children’s book illustrations, Tales from the Well follows a prince’s adventures after falling down a mysterious watering hole. The Wibowo twins – or simply “JesnCin” – are a dynamic duo, working collaboratively from start to finish. Once the narratives are scripted, Jacinta generates the rough sketches and assigns the color schemes. Jessica then completes the digital inking and painting while Jacinta adds the lettering. Most of all, the sisters enjoy experimenting with their style, from painted hues to digital textures. These explorations liven up the story, adding a whimsical evolution element from episode to episode. The series was featured on the June list of “Staff Picks” on Tapastic and has over 700 followers with just 13 episodes published. Tune in on Fridays to see how JesnCin’s story evolves and what’s in store for the prince.

Blossom Boys
Corinne Caro
Laguna, Phillipines
B.F.A., sequential art

Whether you’re a fan of manga humor or quirky romance, Corinne Caro tackles both in Blossom Boys. Reese, our darling protagonist, lives life with rose-colored glasses. He is a hopeless romantic until a flower delivery leads to the discovery of a secret admirer. Could this be Reese’s chance to find his one and only true love? Perhaps, but prepare for the unexpected. “I usually get into trouble when I suddenly have on-the-spot ideas,” Caro said. “As of now, I don’t have much of a clue how and when the comic will end.” Readers are truly along for the ride with this budding relationship and its comical plot twists. Caro is enjoying the possibilities as well as speculations of more than 4,000 followers on Tapastic. Catch up with all of the gossip on Fridays, and don’t forget to read the comments.

Finding Maria
Issel de Leon
Las Pinas, Philippines
B.F.A., sequential art

In Finding Maria, Issel de Leon offers an international perspective on fairy tales with her adaptation of Philippine folklore. The story takes place in a tropical village where young Marikit lives a life of solitude as a “binukot” – a girl shrouded from the outside world, anticipating married bliss. That moment never arrives, though, because the village warriors have all but vanished in the enchanted forest. Tired of waiting, Marikit must venture beyond the walls of her family’s hut to take control of her destiny and find an end to her misery. De Leon crafts a heartening narrative with her distinctive aesthetics and character designs. Find out more about Marikit’s predicament on Fridays.

Ilse
Michelle Wong
Hong Kong
B.F.A., sequential art

Ilse is about a noble tomboy searching for a normal life... while living with a peculiar curse. But what tale will be revealed? Was she born this way? Is she part demon? It’s these questions that keep readers guessing and returning for clues. “I don’t quite feel ready to tell her whole story yet,” said Wong. So it comes as no surprise that her webcomic is merely a vignette of Ilse’s world – a peek through the keyhole. Weekly updates on Thursdays confirm little by little that Ilse is all about the details, not only with this character but also in her moody imagery.

Behind the runway with the designers of SCADfash

May
29
2015
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SCAD Fashion Show has come and gone. During one fabulous night under the bright lights of the runway, up-and-coming designers finally showcased their amazing collections. What transpired before their designs hit the runway? What of the countless hours they invested in that moment of grace?


 Student designers, including Molly Sayers, enjoy a standing ovation after SCAD Fashion Show.

I had the privilege of following senior designers during their sprint to the runway. I sat in during their final critiques and heard their struggles and excitement as they pulled their collections together. The hours I spent inside Eckburg Hall, where the designers finalized the finest work of their college careers, were hypnotizing. It was illuminating to learn about one student’s work and hop to the next, only to be filled with admiration for another and yet another. But the collaboration between Molly Sayers (B.F.A., fashion, senior) and Kristin Hughes (B.F.A., fibers, senior) left the most enduring impression on me.

I first encountered their collection when I watched the models preview the looks for fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra during his surprise visit to SCAD to critique student work. I was instantly drawn to how the garments moved and the unusual use of shiny wooden triangles, purposefully placed throughout the pieces. I adored the soft fabric, which perfectly draped the models, trailing behind each movement. The craftsmanship was impeccable. Intrigued, I interviewed Sayers and Hughes to learn more, and so began my journey shadowing them throughout their process to the final runway. 

The inspiration for the collection sprouted from a combination of Islamic art and architecture. This came from Sayers, who has called many places home in her lifetime, including Qatar. With these initial concepts in mind, her focus turned to harmonizing geometric elements with something organic while simultaneously achieving minimalism, a notable trait of Islamic art. Why wood? Sayers has always endeavored to bewilder viewers by paring a stiff material with flowing fabric. She wanted to defy the assumption that wood is inflexible and un-wearable.

The Texas-born designers bonded over their interest in exploring diverse materials. Hughes’ practice primarily involves wood. She enjoys manipulating the element in various ways. When Sayers saw her work she knew a partnership was inevitable. “Since I am in fibers, I look more at the construction of a basic textile — it’s not as much business, it’s more fine art,” said Hughes. “So it has been a joy to get out of the fine art realm and be involved with a creative outlet for product development.”

In the early stages, Sayers and Hughes experimented with many different types of wood including iron-on-wood, typically used for construction purposes. However, it became clear that simply fastening the wood to the fabric achieved perfect juxtaposition. Hughes laser cut four different sized triangles to match the exact drape and movement of each garment.

As wood is a relatively untouched material within the fashion industry, their process was not always smooth. In particular, there was the issue of how to adhere the wood to the jersey fabric. Additionally, the duo had to address basic design challenges, such as balance, proportion, rhythm, emphasis and unity. Ultimately, relying on their skill and friendship, Sayers and Hughes found solutions and were chosen to participate in SCAD Fashion Show.

“I have always wanted this,” said Sayers. “Since I was in seventh grade and I looked up SCAD from Qatar on my computer. I carry that energy to create better, go further, be bolder, and explore how far I can go because of this experience.”

It was a treat to follow their story and see the fairytale ending on the runway at SCAD Museum of Art. I send my best wishes to my classmates for their future endeavors. As we cross the stage to graduate this weekend, congratulations.

Inside the preservation story of Atlanta's Ivy Hall

May
20
2015
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In honor of Preservation Month, we celebrate Savannah College of Art and Design's Ivy Hall. On May 21, 1917, the Great Fire of Atlanta spared one of the South’s rare examples of Queen Anne-style architecture, the Edward C. Peters House, or Ivy Hall after the Peters family symbol. Flanked at the time by a long dirt road, now the busy thoroughfare of Ponce de Leon Avenue, Ivy Hall landed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. In 2000, as The Mansion Restaurant, Ivy Hall barely survived another devastating blaze. It took more than fate to intervene and save the house a third time.

“We worked seven years on the process and we were glad to see SCAD come in on a white horse to really save the building,” said Boyd Coons, executive director of the Atlanta Preservation Center. "We stopped the destruction, but we needed SCAD to come in and be the steward of this.”

As Atlantans and tourists may recall, the once grand manor resembled a haunted house until SCAD received it as a donation in 2007. After undertaking an award-winning restoration that involved interior design and historic preservation students, the university reopened Ivy Hall in 2008 as home to SCAD Atlanta’s writing program.

That’s good preservation because it’s not just making a house a museum, it has a sustaining purpose. That kind of use and adaptive reuse is what’s really important. - Boyd Coons

Ivy Hall hosts writing classes and connects students and the public to renowned writers like New York Times best-selling author Augusten Burroughs, Camille Paglia, Pearl Cleage and Cinda Williams Chima. In this way, Ivy Hall’s importance has come full circle.

Another pivotal author, Margaret Mitchell, is said to have based Gone with the Wind’s character Rhett Butler on Richard Peters, father to Edward Peters who built Ivy Hall in 1883. His home lives on as a center for aspiring writers. Quite a journey for what was once considered one of Atlanta's most endangered places.

Students dive deep into Hong Kong's contemporary art fairs

May
8
2015
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Art Week is the most anticipated time of the year on the Hong Kong gallery scene. This international art frenzy brings together a community of artists and art lovers for a series of citywide pop-up events, opening receptions, and art installations. Savannah College of Art and Design used the occasion, and the convergence of Art Basel Hong Kong with the debut of satellite fair Art Central, as an opportunity to promote the city’s promising future as Asia’s premier international art hub.

In the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental, the official hotel partner of Art Basel Hong Kong, SCAD installed twin kinetic balloon sculptures by alumnus Jason Hackenwerth (M.F.A., painting, 2011). The Aries installation took 40 hours to complete and used more than 3,000 latex balloons to represent springtime and the intermingling of Eastern and Western cultures. The bright, whimsical piece welcomed more than 8,000 guests drawn to Hong Kong for Art Basel.

Meanwhile, SCAD partnered with Art Central as the fair’s official university sponsor to provide educational tours and showcase the next generation of talent alongside international commercial art galleries from across the globe. SCAD’s booth featured the artwork of three notable alumni from the school of fine arts: a site-specific silk flower installation by Gyun Hur (M.F.A., sculpture, 2009), a series of backlit lambda duratrans by Michael Porten (M.F.A., painting, 2012; B.F.A, illustration, 2004), and a large format painting by Jonathan Yoerger (M.F.A., painting, 2011; B.F.A., illustration, 2008). Nearly 4,500 guests visited the booth to see the exhibition, which the artists accomplished by collaborating across three time zones.

Porten designed his light-box triptych in Savannah while Yoerger and Hur, professors at SCAD Hong Kong, worked on-site. Then he traveled to Hong Kong before the fair opened to assemble the pieces and assist with the booth’s setup. Contrasting Hur’s contemplative work and Yoerger’s playful painting style, Porten’s artwork digitally incorporated various visual data to play off of the repetition in pattern and color.

The energy of all three artists working under one roof created a buzz among students, who popped in from day to day to see Yoerger’s progress on Cougar Meets Cougar, an acrylic painting on canvas, inspired by animal-print fashion and MCM accessories seen on the streets of Asia. The openness of the booth’s assembly provided a rare forum for students to critique a professor’s work and Yoerger invited their feedback during the painting’s creation. “Watching the piece unfold made the contemporary art fair and overarching idea of painting very tangible and accessible to the students,” said Yoerger.

The students were able to be a part of the process instead of just seeing the finished piece on the walls of the fair. - Professor Jonathan Yoerger

Hur’s installation, A Replication of My Mother’s Wedding Blanket No. 2, also enlisted the help of students. Together they spent 500 hours plucking, chopping, and shredding dozens of silk flowers that were sourced from local flower markets. Fashion marketing and management student Mashal Mushtaq joined the team after seeing a video of Hur’s installation work.

“I thought it would be a great opportunity to experience a project in a real-world environment, and this project is so culturally and personally important to Professor Hur,” said Mushtaq.

 

Born in Korea, Hur migrated to the U.S. with her parents at the age of 13. She believes art is a means to connect with the past and her former self “left behind” in Korea. “One of the greatest things that art does for us is to explore the emotional aspect of ourselves,” said Hur. While completing her M.F.A. at SCAD, shredded silk flowers became an integral part of her practice, representing the impermanence of beauty, joy, and memory. This eventually evolved into emblematic reproductions of her mother’s wedding blanket, which uses culturally coded colors from Korean ceremonial attire. But the act of cutting the flowers means just as much. “The process itself is repetitive, laborious, and simple,” observed Hur. The artist’s parents are typically the ones who help her cut the flowers. This was the first time she shared the process with her students, conjuring an emotionally charged environment in which they could explore the commercial art world.

Overall, Art Central provided students with access to the art fairs and networking opportunities with experts from East and West. Executive director of SCAD exhibitions, Laurie Ann Farrell, hosted insider tours of Art Central and Art Basel, which gave students a deeper understanding of the contemporary art world and introduced them to industry professionals. It was an eye-opening week for all students involved and provided a global stage for interaction with audiences who may one day return to see these emerging artists display their own work.

Animation captures modern dilemma of digital overload and ADC Award

April
30
2015
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Be they images or social posts, videos or emails, staying on top of digital keepsakes can overwhelm. Leave it to digital art to perfectly capture how it feels to tame our digital memories into submission. We face a daily monsoon of data, so we think you’ll relate to this Vimeo Staff Pick. ADC and Adobe did, handing the creators a Silver Cube at the Art Directors Club Awards and first prize at the Adobe Design Achievement Awards. Savannah College of Art and Design students Yeojin Shin (B.F.A., motion media) and Daniel Uribe (B.F.A., motion media), and alumnus Peter Clark (B.F.A., graphic design, motion media, 2014), used a range of motion production tools to combine hand drawn animation, stop motion, illustration and composited effects to bring you Memory Stream. Don’t feel compelled to file, save or share.

Memory Stream from Yeojin Shin on Vimeo.

Adventure to a college Emmy

April
24
2015
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How do I travel for free and make this my job? Many ask this question, but Joey Katz (B.F.A., film and television, senior) answered it. Winner of a College Television Award, the Adventure Katz web series is the culmination of two years spent documenting shoe-string-budget trips to Europe, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Jacksonville, Florida. And those are just the episodes in the can. The thing that differentiates Adventure Katz from other travel series is Katz’ mission to inspire his audience to do more than watch.

I hope to create something that will change how we look at reality TV. I want to make something that teaches people how to make their own adventures.

It’s a strategy for attracting young viewers, an audience Katz believes is underserved by reality TV, and he just might get the chance. He is pitching Adventure Katz to producers during a time when networks like Travel Channel want immersive, rugged content.

That’s one hook Katz has going for him. Another is his savvy use of social media to build a loyal following. “When I make a film, I shoot something that’s worth sharing on Reddit,” he said. To promote the episode Wales: MADMAN or Poet? Katz posted an image of the Cader Idris mountain in Reddit subgroups and included a YouTube link to his video. The image received 1.8 million views, persuading thousands to watch and hundreds to subscribe to his channel. In the episode, Katz endeavors to scale Cader Idris and test the legend that climbing the mountain turns hikers into madmen or poets.

Katz’ love affair with filmmaking began in seventh grade when his parents gave him a cell phone. He began shooting and editing videos on the mobile device, eventually graduating to a laptop and professional editing software. After becoming disenchanted with a string of internships as a production assistant, he was inspired by Andrew Wonder, director of the viral film Undercity, to hit the road. He started watching YouTube in 2007, but Wonder’s videos helped him realize he had everything he needed to break out of the traditional production routine. What’s in his bag?

I carry the least amount of gear I can. You need something you can shoot on really quickly. I shoot on the Canon PowerShot S100, a point and shoot camera. Batteries are cheap and if I break it I can replace it. Content is more important than what you shoot on. I carry a lightweight tripod and edit on Adobe Premiere.

True to their commitment to help film students develop projects beyond narrative films, Savannah College of Art and Design professors encouraged him to develop Adventure Katz for his  senior project. That led to a nomination for best reality series by the Television Academy.

So did Katz return from Cader Idris a madman or a poet? Teaser alert: Katz says the trip made him a bit of both. “My video is my poetry," he said. "But it takes both to not know where you’re sleeping for the next few nights.”

Watch and tell @AdventureKatz what you decide.

Sandcastle like a pro

April
23
2015
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Master sand sculptor Ted Siebert’s enormous creations - more than 700 sculptures in 30 years – makes the practice of sandcastling look effortless. But the world record holder knows differently: the tools are simple but the techniques require skilled hands.


A sand castle by Ted Siebert in Cape Town, South Africa. Courtesy of The Sand Sculpture Company.

The misconception is that sandcastling is a lot of fun. It’s hard work. - Ted Siebert


The King's Palace in Kuwait, courtesy of The Sand Sculpture Company.

To prepare Savannah College of Art and Design students for the annual Sand Arts Festival (May 1), Ted brought the beach to the classroom. He’s teaching best practices he developed as owner of The Sand Sculpture Company, like packing, subtractive processes and layout. An authority in a small community of professional sand sculptors, the opportunity to work alongside Ted, also an oil painter, is rare. The students will be able to apply the lessons they learn from Ted to their professional art practices. "The hope is that they'll take these lessons down to Tybee and have more technically adept works," said SCAD foundation's study professor Matthew Toole.


In Ted's workshop, SCAD students learn how to sculpt sandcastle towers, made from 400 pounds of compact sand.

Childhood memories of sandcastling competitions in Cannon Beach, Oregon led Ted to write The Art of Sandcastling and make the world’s beaches his palette. He’ll unveil his collaboration with SCAD students at Sand Arts 2015 in Tybee Island, Georgia. Fittingly, he’ll also judge the contest's Most Ambitious category.

In process, Ted's first sculpture with a university, a collaboration with Professor Matthew Toole's Art of the Spectacle class.

Here are Ted's tips for sandcastling like a pro:

• Use a lot of water. The sand has to be very wet. Bring spray bottles to wet the sand as you work.

• There’s an angle that all sand will stack at. Find it. If you’re too ambitious and try to build something too steep you’re going to have a collapse.

• Pack the sand, then pack again. Compaction is crucial.

• Be organized and sculpt from the top down or the center out so you don’t walk all over your work.

• Use the right tools: sharp knives, straws and brushes. Pallet knives are ideal. Plastic knives are too dull and won’t work.

• Bring suntan lotion.

• Make a plan. If you don’t bring an idea, you’ll waste time shoveling something you don’t have to shovel.

• It’s a collaborative sport. Divide and conquer.

Ted uses compact sand. Some beaches, including Tybee, have loose sand, making it difficult to achieve the height his sculptures reach in places like Asia, the Middle East and Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. If the temporary nature of a sand sculpture doesn't seem worth the effort, consider that winning professional sand sculpting contests can net a sculptor tens of thousands of dollars in prize money.

Architects will save the planet

April
22
2015
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Architecture students, get your super-suits ready. We need you. Other keystone players will also play critical roles in promoting climate change and halting resource depletion, but I’ll stick with the notion that architects are superheroes. You know the ones. We're masked (because few really know who we are, unless we design a big shiny thing in the center of a world-class city), mega-muscled, hyper-focused oddballs who fly straight at the metaphorical meteor and redirect it away from Earth in the nick of time. That’s us.

I teach architecture and urban design at Savannah College of Art and Design. My students are ready to wear the super-suit, and it fits them well. They understand the urgency to design better buildings and cities and see the opportunities to fix our broken environment through mindful design. It’s a sure bet that our emerging architects will change the game. Most of the architecture and urban design students I talk with want to earn LEED credentials before graduating, and, if they’re in my sustainable design class, probably will. They’re also designing beautiful bio-climatic projects in studio to meet the Living Building Challenge, modeling energy consumption and learning about topsoil science and the importance of nurturing healthy urban ecosystems. This isn’t your grandfather’s architecture school.

We now teach and practice creative and integrative design that demonstrates the approach we must all pursue as part of a global solution to resource depletion and climate change.

The urgency is in the numbers. In 2013, 40 percent of total U.S. energy consumption was attributed to residential and commercial buildings, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and that number continues to rise due to growing building size, population and consumption. North Americans still consume three and half times more energy than the global average per capita. Many scientists and policymakers agree we only have a decade to definitively reverse our CO2 emissions before hitting a point of no return. 

The architect’s responsibility is evident in our market impact. There are 5.5 million commercial buildings in the U.S., with a conservative renovation cycle of 30 years and an estimated 15 percent demolition rate during that period, creating a potential retrofit market of around 150,000 buildings each year. Additionally, over a million new commercial buildings will be constructed within that same 30 years. Who is designing these retrofits and new buildings? Architects. That’s a call to don our capes and tights and save the planet. The majority of all renovated and new buildings must be designed for current or near-future net zero carbon operations with minimal ecological footprint, or we could lose the game.

This is a huge opportunity for architects to make better buildings, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and save the planet. Mindfully designed buildings mean healthier people, happier clients, a robust economy, vibrant cities and healing ecology. Opportunity emerges in specialization, as well. Once you put on your super-suit, what will your superpower be? Designing hospitals that contribute to faster healing? Or schools that inspire better learning and nurture curious students? Maybe today’s architecture students will take a significant step toward moving residential design to high performance, low consumption, healthy environments for families.

If we’ve already reached the tipping point for sustainable design, then today’s architecture students are the beneficiaries of this momentum. To ride this wave, every architect needs to understand not only how to make a beautiful building that will be loved, but also how to make it perform like a symphony of integrated parts—generating more than it consumes, while contributing to a vibrant sustainable economy.

Elaine Gallagher Adams, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a professor of architecture and urban design at SCAD. Follow her on the SCAD Architecture Voices blog.

Preview Fred Spector's furniture collection for High Point Market

April
7
2015
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Watch as the owner of Frederic Spector Design Studio shows how he creates award-winning residential furniture. In this demonstration, livestreamed here on Tuesday, April 7 at 5:30 p.m. EDT from the SCAD Museum of Art Theater, Fred Spector takes you inside the design process of collections like Avalon, a bedroom suite to be shown along with his new dining collection in Casana Furniture's showroom at High Point Market (April 18-23). Furniture makers AAmerica and Ligna will also show bedroom collections by Frederic Spector Design Studio at the furniture industry’s largest trade show. The program coordinator for SCAD furniture design, Spector has also worked for Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Williams-Sonoma and Anthropologie. This presentation is part of the School of Building Arts Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.