All of our interior design professors at Mount Ida College come from different backgrounds, but share a common goal. They aim to prepare students to make a lasting contribution to the design of the human environment. Professor Jennifer Sarabia, M. Arch., understands the importance of transforming spaces, and possesses unique qualifications from her professional endeavors in the industry.
Before Sarabia joined the interior design program in 2006, she participated in the internationally recognized Charlie Cannon and Michael Singer’s Innovation Studio at the Rhode Island School of Design. During her graduate studies, she explored complex problems, such as the design of landfill mining operations, eco-industrial parks, power plants and municipal waste systems through an interdisciplinary approach. In addition, through founding her own interior design firm Sarabia/To Design, Inc., Sarabia began specializing in site specific residential architecture and interior design.
From her education and experience, Sarabia brings applied skills into the classroom. She teaches students how to design for a broad range of environments, including residential, office, retail and hospitality. Her courses include: Introduction to Interior Design, Office Design, Commercial Design, Environmental Design, Professional Practice, Environmental Building Systems, Universal and Inclusive Design and Thesis Advising.
Professor Sarabia’s wide-range of experiences provides much value to our students. Specifically, her interest in combining fine art with architectural design has lead to rousing class discussions and new approaches to studio projects. With Sarabia’s knowledge of biomimicry, a new discipline that studies nature’s best ideas and imitates the design to solve human problems, students are presented with innovative design solutions, which they can implement in their own class projects.
“Beautiful architecture and interior spaces comprise many different contributing aspects,” said Sarabia. “These aspects are both physical and psychological, and shape how we live, how we work, how we experience and how we perceive space.”