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.

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 2009, 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 eight 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 25 children and adults attended the 2009 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.

Assistant, CIDA Review Exhibit, Fall 2009
Coordinated the display of student work from all required classes in DEA for the CIDA review.  Managed interior facilities work, faculty installations and graphic design of space.

Coordinator, DEA Community Events, 2009
Hosted a "Mezzanine Gathering" in Spring, 2009 to introduce students to the offices and placement of DEA's faculty/administrative staff on the Mezzanine Level of the MVR'33 Building.
Assisted in the planning and implementation of Becker's Beach Bash, a department-wide event on the shores of Cayuga Lake in the Fall 2008 for incoming freshmen and all DEA students, faculty and staff.


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.

historic preservation, adaptive re-use, sustainable design, health care design, lighting design, service learning, interior design professional practice

Courses, Websites, Pubs

Courses Taught

DEA 4401 - Design Studio VII
This adaptive re-use / preservation studio serves as the only comprehensive studio experience for students in the interior design option / DEA.  Students learn the benefits of historic preservation relevant to sustainable design, are introduced to the LEED system, and study an existing historic structure to use as the context for their interior design solutions.  For the Fall 2009 studio course, students worked on a 1921 5-story brick and stone Classical Revival structure located in downtown Albany, NY.  Located three blocks from the New York State Capital building, the students traveled to the site, completed the documentation and analysis of this structure, and then selected appropriate uses based on demographics and feasibility studies.  After the assesment of the building was completed, the students designed the interiors of all five stories based on their program documents.  Schemes included:  restaurants, a recording studio, a museum, a gourmet grocer, and retail establishments.  Schematic design and design development phases included the two-dimensional and three-dimensional representation of their design solutions.  The semester concluded with the creation of construction drawings documenting each students' intentions.

DEA 2202 - Design Studio IV
Expanding the academic and professional opportunities of second year interior design students, this course combines both skill development and creative problem-solving in two primary projects:

During the 2009 course, the students completed the programming/schematic design/design development/construction documents phases for a 7,000 square foot health care facility. Students selected either ophthamology practices or wholistic health care practices and used evidence-based design to create viable interiors for these two health care facility types.  Studying recent trends in health care and taking multiple field trips to document existing facilities, the students gained a working knowledge of facility design for this expanding segment in the architecture/design community.  

For this year's service learning project, the students created design interventions for the American Red Cross Central New York Chapter's blood-draw installations. Conducting research studies, site visits, interviews with staff and blood donors, the students created design interventions to enhance the blood donor experience and more effectively guide patrons through the blood donation process.  Landmarks denoting specific functions of the process were designed to better support wayfinding, a cohesive graphic design program was implemented, and suggestions for staff and their apparel were incorporated in this comprehensive plan.  Contact with the national director of the American Red Cross Blood Donation Program is on-going to encourage the organization to use the student's work as a catalyst for change for these temporary site installations.

DEA 3030 - Introduction to Materials, Finishes, and Furnishings
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.

DEA 3050 - Construction Documents and Detailing
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.  Documentation and design of an existing space within the MVR into a teleconferencing space includes:  construction floor plans, furniture floor plans, reflected ceiling plans, security/teleconferencing plans, interior elevations, and millwork drawings.  Students complete an entire set of contruction documents for the renovation of the space, preparing them for the demands of professional practice in interior design.

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