We are the Interior Design Class of 2021 from California State University, Fresno.
"Connected Unconnectedness" describes our adaptations through the transition from physical to virtual education. Though we may be physically distanced, we have evolved supportive systems that redefine what it means to be connected.
Interior designers are positioned to be leaders in sustainable design because we work within existing structures. For our capstone projects, we explored the adaptive reuse of existing commercial infrastructure as the most sustainable solution to meet our present needs without compromising the needs of future generations.
After analyzing human-centered issues in the built environment around social justice and disenfranchised populations, we delved into a research process that involved writing literature reviews of theories in scholarly peer-reviewed articles. We then developed identities for nonprofit programs geared to relieve these social causes.
As a result, each capstone project is meaningful and substantialized through evidence-based design that guides us through each design decision. Our design solutions support social equity and the well-being of communities.