During the Spring 2016 semester, graduate and undergraduate VCU interior design students took their studies beyond the studio and into the university’s most high-profile construction project, the Institute for Contemporary Art’s (ICA) Markel Center. In this collaboration among ICA staff, VCU School of the Arts Interior Design (IDES) faculty and BCWH Architecture colleagues (the ICA’s architect), the students examined design challenges presented by the ICA’s forum, a space defined by a lofty ceiling, curved wall, glass facade and a sweeping grand staircase.

To conclude the project, participants — including students, architects, and faculty — will discuss the process, outcomes, and lessons learned. The program will be followed by a reception.

Liz Reineberg (BFA ’07), Certified Interior Designer
Emily Smith, Assistant Professor
Camden Whitehead, Associate Professor
Select students
Craig Reynolds (moderator; PhD ’15), Director of the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design

James Branch Cabell Library
901 Park Ave, Richmond, VA

Free and open to the public
Registration is requested
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Exhibition: A Forum of Ideas (Now through November 20, 2016)
Video: A Forum of Ideas

Organized by the VCUArts Department of Interior Design with support from VCU Libraries and the Institute for Contemporary Art

1. Still from video, A Forum of Ideas, by Departure Point Films
2. Watercolor rendering of forum, Alexis Holocombe
2. Watercolor rendering of forum, Lucy Dabney