When Rose Botti-Saltisky, professor of Interior Architecture and Design was named “Educator of the Year” in 2016, no one on the Mount Ida campus was surprised in the least. She accepted the Honor by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), New England, at an event held at the new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.
“While everyone on this campus, especially those in the School of Design and in the Interior Design Program, is aware and appreciative of Rose’s dedication and commitment to student success, it was wonderful to see her be recognized by the professional interior design community,” says School of Design Dean Jason Donati.
Professor Rose Botti-Salitsky is passionate about the profession of interior design and has been sculpting spaces in which people work, shop, live, play, learn, heal, pray, sleep, and grow, for over 20 years.
What she has discovered is both the power and the responsibility that comes with her field.
“Interior design contains human occupants and their health, safety, and welfare should always be on the forefront of an interior designer’s thinking.” She brings the delicate balance of technical skills combined with the ability to design aesthetically beautiful spaces to her classroom.
She shares her wealth of professional experiences freely with her students. “I like to share real world experiences as it gives my students a better understanding of the scope and relevance of specific design projects. Nothing pleases me more than seeing my students accomplish their goals and have a successful career.” Botti-Salitsky continues her relationships with students long after the degrees are bestowed. “One of the greatest rewards as an educator is when the mentoring does not end with graduation; numerous students contact me for career advice long after they have left the school. They also return to Mount Ida as visiting faculty and critics, giving back to college community.”
Professor Botti-Salitsky’s research activities include work with Fairchild Books, a Bloomsbury Publishing Imprint as the author of the textbook “Programming & Research: Skills and Techniques for Interior Design.
Botti-Salitsky is at the forefront of driving the charge to have interior design recognized as a profession within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, advocating that interior designers should be recognized and registered alongside their architectural and engineering brethren. She has served as the president of the Massachusetts Interior Design Coalition and was instrumental in changing state laws to allow interior designers to independently bid on projects. She also serves on the American Society of Interior Designers National Codes Advisory Council
Botti-Salitsky is the recipient of many honors for her work including the 2008 “Business Leader Honoree,” and 2007 “Star Award” from the International Interior Design Association New England Chapter and the 2006 “ Presidential Citation” from the American Society of Interior Designers New England Chapter. She also was the recipient of the Lettieri Teaching Award in 2000, presented by Mount Ida College as the highest recognition of teaching excellence.