Berkeley College Students See How Interior Designers Create a Community During Tour of Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse

 
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BEREKLEY COLLEGE STUDENTS SEE HOW
INTERIOR DESIGNERS CREATE A COMMUNITY DURING
TOUR OF BROOKLYN HEIGHTS DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE

Photo Caption A: Students from Berkeley College receive a tour of the Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse, 32 Livingston Street, on November 3, 2017, from Erika Belsey Worth, Vice President, BHA Board, and Co-Chair, Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse (right).

Students and faculty from Berkeley College received a first-hand look at how interior design can shape and contribute to the history and vibrancy of a community during a tour of the Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse, 32 Livingston Street, on November 3, 2017.

Presented by the Brooklyn Heights Association (BHA), the showhouse brought together 16 local designers to transform the 1867 Brooklyn Heights townhouse into a 21st century home. The Showhouse’s 16 rooms were open to the public for five weeks.

“Looking at pictures is not the same as seeing this transformation in person,” said Erika Belsey Worth, Vice President, BHA Board, and Co-Chair, Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse. “We want students to walk away from this showhouse feeling incredibly excited about all of the possibilities interior design can provide, as well as realize that there isn’t always a ‘right’ way to approach any given space.”

“Obtaining an understanding of culture and history is fundamental for students interested in becoming designers,” said Alfonso Torino, PhD, Chair, Interior Design, Berkeley College. “We emphasize the importance of taking advantage of the extraordinary resources New York has to offer our students, including visiting spaces in the community like this.”

Photo Caption B: On the right, students from Berkeley College receive a tour of the Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse, 32 Livingston Street, on November 3, 2017. On the left, Interior Design student Clara Linares of North Bergen, NJ, observes the newly redesigned kitchen of the 1867 Brooklyn Heights townhouse.

Click here for more information about the Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse, and click here to view more photos from the Berkeley College students’ tour.

The tour was comprised of 15 students enrolled in the Berkeley College Interior Design program, as well as 12 students based in Brooklyn enrolled in other majors.

For Berkeley College student Kezzisha Charles, who is majoring in Business Administration – Management, the Showhouse is a sign of hope that her neighborhood in Downtown Brooklyn will continue to develop. “It is incredible to see how new businesses and initiatives like the Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse are not only uniting the community within, but also bringing new people into our community,” she said.

Photo Caption C: On the right, students from Berkeley College receive a tour of the Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse, 32 Livingston Street, on November 3, 2017, from Erika Belsey Worth, Vice President, BHA Board, and Co-Chair, Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse (center). On the left, Interior Design student Milena Eror of North Haledon, NJ, meets Michael Cooper, owner of the 1867 Brooklyn Heights townhouse (right).

“We are used to seeing furniture and interiors on paper, online or in magazines,” said Ashley Berdan of Haskell, NJ, who is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. “It is inspiring to actually physically see how different designers were able to add their own style to a room while still work together to ensure everything flowed as you walked from room to room.”

Robert Federico, Professor, Interior Design, Berkeley College, who coordinated the visit, said, “Great opportunities to learn are all around us, in our neighborhoods, communities and cities. By visiting spaces like the Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse, our students get a chance to connect with their course studies in much deeper and long-lasting ways.”

Click here for more information about the Interior Design program at Berkeley College, offered at the campuses in Paramus and Woodland Park, NJ.

Photo Caption D: Students and faculty from Berkeley College receive a tour of the Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse, 32 Livingston Street, on November 3, 2017. The tour was comprised of students enrolled in the Berkeley College Interior Design program, as well as students based in Brooklyn enrolled in other majors.

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 7,100 students – including more than 440 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.

Berkeley College has three campuses in New York – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are five campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For four consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.

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