In Professor Whitney’s Interior Design Commercial II course, students work with a client, analyzing existing conditions and producing design proposals for existing spaces in transition: not in use, under development, or in need of renovation.
This program cultivates a symbiotic relationship between the client and the students, as students provide design services and in exchange are provided with the educational opportunity of working with a client to develop a proposal meeting their needs.
The Urban Studio Project enriches the students’ learning experience while also offering a service to a client or community in need of design assistance.
Students document the space & meet with the client to discuss their needs, budget, and vision for the space.
Students develop a design proposal and participate in a gallery show of their work in the community
- C-Clear Empowerment Center, McKeesport, Winter 2014
- The Brew House Association, Pittsburgh (South Side), Summer 2013
- Warrington Avenue Storefront, Pittsburgh (Allentown), Winter 2013
- McKees Rocks Employment & Training Center, Spring 2012
- Christian Community Church, Gibsonia, Fall 2011
- Paramount Film Exchange, Uptown Pittsburgh, Spring 2011
- National Opera House, Lincoln-Lemington, Winter 2011
- Retail Space, Squirrel Hill, Summer 2010
- Warehouse, Lawrenceville, Spring 2010
- The New Granada Theater, Pittsburgh (Hill District), Winter, 2010
- Storefront, Homestead, Fall 2009
- Bombardier Transportations USA, Inc, Summer 2009
- Lanigan Strip Mall, Turtle Creek, Winter 2009
- Carnegie Historical Society, Carnegie, Fall 2008
- Oasis Coffee, Downtown Pittsburgh, Summer 2008
- Shannon Hall, Downtown Pittsburgh, Spring 2008
- Unsmoke Gallery, Braddock, Winter 2008