Interior Design student Codi Januszkiewicz spent her spring 2013 semester balancing classes, two jobs, and an internship. She also now has the ability to integrate architectural understanding into her design skills – a task that, two years ago, she was afraid she wouldn't be able to pull off.
"When I first started I saw in the schedule that I had to take a lot of architecture classes, and I thought to myself that it wasn't going to work out well. Thankfully, they really start you from the beginning and teach you the basics and drawing and everything you really need to know," says Januszkiewicz. "A lot of people think that interior design is just picking out paint colors, or couches and tables. There's a lot more to it than that, and you have to understand the structure of a building."
The architecture classes are relatively small, allowing the students to work closely together and enjoy the added benefits of the program. One such benefit was their numerous field trips to destinations such as "Falling Water" by Frank Lloyd Wright, to Ken Tuck Knob and also to the Architectural Digest Show in Manhattan.
"When you're with the same people in every class, you can really collaborate and discuss things every day," says Januszkiewicz. "There's a certain kind of art to both architecture and interior design, and we've done a lot with studying rendering and coloring, which is also what architecture majors work with."
Januszkiewicz will be transferring to Savannah College of Art & Design this fall and has dreams of one day permanently living in the South and working on the design team for Disney. She's enjoying the real-world taste of the design field that she's gotten both in the classroom – working with a team on a redesign for the Northampton Area Public Library – and also at her internship at Brownstone Design Group.
"My schedule has been pretty hectic, but I've learned a lot," says Januszkiewicz, who also served as treasurer of NCC's American Society of Interior Designer's Club. "I'm more of a hands-on person so I'm excited to be moving on to an arts-based school that deals with both art and design every day. The faculty here gave me an idea of what the real world is going to be like."
Name: Codi Januszkiewicz
Major: Interior Design
Projected Graduation Year: 2013