Rhonda Gilmore

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Current Activities

Current Professional Activities

Coordinator, Interior Design Admissions Committee:
Reviewed portfolios and files for prospective students and worked with College of Human Ecology Admissions Office.

Coordinator, Sustainable Tompkins HUB Materials Resource:
Worked with members of the Sustainable Tompkins' Board of Directors to design and create sustainable materials boards for both traveling exhibits and their future Resource Library that will be incorporated in their facility called The HUB, to be constructed in Ithaca by 2011.

Co-coordinator, Design Portfolio Seminars:
Worked with College of Human Ecology Career Development Staff to host two portofolio seminars for design students and other interested HE students.
Coordinator, DEA Senior Reception
In conjunction with the graduating seniors in the Class of 2008, we created a department-wide reception for the Class and their families. 

Presenter/Host, "Bring Your Child to Work Day" at Cornell:
For the past seven years, the sophomore design studio has worked with the children of Cornell employees during this annual event, teaching them the basics of the design process. Over 28 children and adults attended the 2008 session, with each student taking home drawings for an information kiosk for their school.

Outreach/Mentor, Learning Web of Ithaca:
Worked with local high school students in this one-on-one program shadowing professionals in a variety of fields.


Biographical Statement
Teaching both a practical and philosophical approach to design should bring students to an academic vista where they learn how to solve problems in the built environment and see why they have a unique role to play in this process.  As a design educator, I attempt to teach students the skills that they will use as practicing professionals and I also attempt to help them think about the context of their work:  how will their design decisions impact their end users and the much larger global community?


Administrative Responsibilities
DEA / ID Admissions Committee:
As chair of this group, I worked with several other ID faculty to review prospective freshmen and transfer student files and portfolios. We reviewed over 56 files for the year 2008. We also met with HE Admissions staff throughout the year, discussing strategies for marketing and accessibility for future studio groups.

DEA Advisor:
Worked with 14 students in the spring and fall of 2008 as an advisor on course selection, professional practice strategies, and other pertinent student issues.

DEA Fall Reception
Coordinated a DEA fall semester social gathering for new and returning DEA students.  Over 40 DEA undergraduate/graduates/faculty attended.

DEA Resource Center:
Worked with Nicki Nedrow, RC Manager, to acquire pertinent materials, finishes and furniture information from manufacturers. Assisted in updates on catalogues, manufacturers' representatives information, and sustainable options for interiors.

DEA Senior Show & Reception
Coordinated seniors’ exhibit installation and design for their Senior Show. Coordinated senior reception for parents and families of our graduating 2008 class on Commencement Day.

DEA Portfolio Seminars
Working with Deanne Maxwell, Director of the Career Development Center for the College of Human Ecology, we created two portfolio seminars for both DEA and FS&AD students. Seminar One: (Fall)introduction to the job search process, HE resources, and standard procedures for procuring employment. Seminar Two: (Spring) invited DEA faculty to review and critique student portfolios.

Courses, Websites, Pubs

Courses Taught

          Transitioning the sophomores from design students to potential design employees, this course
          combines both skill development and creative problem-solving in four primary projects:
          health care design
          lighting design for health care
          custom lighting design
          service learning
          During the 2008 course, the students completed the programming/schematic design/design
          development/construction documents phases for a 7,000 square foot health care facility.
          This project then became the basis for the study of color and lighting in healing environments,
           using evidence-based design principles to guide their lighting solutions.  
           The scale of the problem-set then shifted to the design and actual construction of a custom
           light fixture to be installed in their health care facility. 
           Lastly, the power of design to transform a "space in need" became the service learning project.
           The sophomore interior design students selected the local non-profit Recovery Center's
           childcare room, where they designed and then built/painted/installed their design solutions
           for this space.

          After the study of interior materials' characteristics and capabilities, the course moves onto
          the sustainable approach to the selection and specification of "green" interior materials.
          LEED criteria are connected to the study of creating sustainable interiors with an emphasis
          on earning points for design decisions.  Field trips expose the students to "materials in action"
          and provide examples of use/maintenance issues.  Skills such as life cycle costing and writing
          green specifications are also part of the course, as are group work/presentations on current
          sustainable material options for the built environment.

          Putting construction documents in context involves the study of archival drawings in the Kroch
          Rare and Manuscript Collection.  Students analyze drawings from the late 19th and early 20th
          centuries and then transition to the study of construction document production in the last
          30 years.  The lecture/studio format for the class provides students with the technical information
          necessary to create viable AutoCAD drawings and a venue to practice the skills necessary to
          generate their own construction drawings.  Completing the design of a teleconferencing space
          gives the students the opportunity to learn about a more technological and specific spatial 
          function that is a common component of most corporate office interiors.

          Working with two students during 2007, the independent study partnerships served the HUB
          project for Sustainable Tompkins and analyzed the communication patterns at an architectural
          firm in New York City.

          Receiving an invitation from Alon Barzilay, a 1996 ILR Alum from Philadelphia, to use a current
          preservation project for senior studio provided the students with a critically current and edifying
          historic preservation opportunity for their senior studio.  The students traveled to Philadelphia to
          meet the client, Mr. Barzilay, tour and access the building (The Juniper Building on Chestnut
          Street in downtown Philadelphia) and document the urban context for this adaptive re-use
          project.  Students completed all phases of the design process, from building assessment
          and model-building to programming, schematic/design development and construction documents.
          Visiting jurors were invited to participate in the schematic design review, bringing 12 local
          architects, designers, and design faculty to campus to give the students feedback on their work.
          The culmination of the studio was a visit by the client, Mr. Barzilay, as he individually reviewed
          each student's work and mixed design responses with business practicalities of their design

Related Websites


http://courseinfo.cit.cornell.edu/courses/DEA 423/

Selected Publications