The College of Design’s School of Interior Design has hired three new faculty members who have expertise in corporate, private and academic design issues.
Lindsey Guinther is a nationally certified interior designer (NCIDQ) with seven years experience in both commercial and residential design. She received her Master’s of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati with a research focus on cohousing and community planning. Guinther also attended the University of Kentucky where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design as well as a Business Minor. Prior to joining the University of Kentucky in fall 2011, she practiced for three years for a firm in Lake Tahoe, California. Currently, Lindsey is working towards receiving certification for the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) in hopes of expanding her knowledge of the field.
Rebekah Ison is committed to restoring the cultural heritage and collective memories of communities. Ison has collaborated on preservation projects in rural China, design build projects in the villages of Brazil, and conceptual interventions in Appalachia. She explored the perpetuation of identity through localized vernacular through her exhibition “Where is Where” at the Sullivan Galleries, the Green Showcase Exhibit at Harold Washington College, and at the Hyde Park Art Center. Ison obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design with the honor of the Dean’s Award from the University of Kentucky and received the AIADO award for interiors from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago during where she earned a Master in Architecture with an emphasis in interiors.
Helen Turner is a nationally certified interior designer with both NCIDQ certification and LEED AP accreditation. Turner has four years of professional experience in design firms where she was responsible for initial client meetings, site measurements and documentation, schematic design, space planning, FF&E selection and coordination, furniture bid packages, construction documentation and administration, as well as post-occupancy evaluations. Turner was the project architect for PARP:PS (Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia) in Pompei, Italy where she was integral to the incorporation of technology in the archaeological process. Turner graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human and Consumer Sciences from Ohio University and received her Master of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati.
Ann Dickson the Director of the School of Interior Design describes the importance of these new hires: “The School of Interior Design is pleased to have recruited three such outstanding faculty. They will compliment and expand the breadth of specializations within the current faculty. These new faculty are critical as we launch our newly revised four-year CIDA accredited professional degree program.“