Professor Yamamoto Receives Highest Honors

Professor Yamamoto has received an Award of Excellence by the American Society of Architectural Illustrators.  His work “Hotel Proposal”, is one of approximately fifty six pieces, chosen from a field of nearly four hundred entries from five continents.  His work will be exhibited in the Architecture in Perspective. Architecture in Perspective is the pre-eminent exhibition of Architectural Illustration in the world.

This year’s celebrates the 27th anniversary celebration and is scheduled to be at the Top of the World Observation Level in Baltimore, Maryland where he will receive the award.



Celebration Event with Design Star “Michael Moeller”

On Friday, March 9th, NESAD celebrated their #3 Ranking among “America’s Top 10 Interior Design Schools” for 2012 at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.  Among the high honorary is also Karen Clarke, co-director of the University’s Interior Design program who was named one of DesignIntelligence’s25 Most Admired Educators of 2012“. 

During the event, Michael also spoke about his experiences after NESAD and where he is  now.  Michael has worked at one of the New York’s top residential design firms, Alan Tanksley, Inc.  where he gained tremendous respect for his craftsmanship and unique taste.  He also established himself at one of the nations top ten hospitality design firms, BBGM.  A few years ago, Michael has been seen on national television when he entered HGTV Season 5 Design Star and placed second.  He was also designer and host of Clean House New York where his design skills were put to the test.  Currently, Michael runs a flexible design studio called Michael Moeller Designwhere he uses his inventive aesthetics and applies them to each space he designs. 

A very big Thank You to Elaine Soo Hoo at Steelcase for the generous donation to make the event possible and Jordan Cogswell, NESAD Interior Design Program Coordinator, for managing the event and making it a memorable night for everyone.

Enjoy some of the images from the event, photos courtesy of Molly Akin.

Celebrate NESAD on Friday, March 9th!

DesignIntelligence magazine has named The New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University #3 among “America’s Top 10 Interior Design Schools” for 2012 at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

NESAD SU undergraduate program ranked #3 overall, tied with Pratt Institute, University of Cincinnati, the University of Florida, and the BAC, while the graduate program ranked #3 to tie with Pratt Institute.  In this year’s two skills assessment categories, NESAD SU ranked 2nd in Communication and 3rd in Cross-Disciplinary Teamwork (with Auburn University).

Karen Clarke, co-director of the Interior Design program, was also named one of Design Intelligence’s “25 Most Admired Educators” of 2012.

The University is very honored for these awards and is celebrating this achievement on Friday, March 9, 2012 at Montage.

To attend this event, please RSVP to Jordan Cogswell at by March 2nd.


Debra Folz “5 Under 40” Stunning Carpet Design

One of our very own instructors, Debra Folz, was featured in “New England Home’s 5 Under 40” for her beautiful custom carpet design.  The carpet was produced by Landry & Arcari and was auctioned off at an event where the proceeds went to Barakat, Inc.   The Barakat, Inc. is a non-profit charitable event  that provides educational opportunites for women and children in Central & South Asia.   For more information on her products: Visit:

Photo credit: Molly Akin

Professor Karen Clarke Named to 2012 List of “25 Most Admired Educators”

Design Intelligence Magazine (November 1, 2011) has named NESAD Associate Professor and Interior Design Program Co-Director,Karen Clarke, to its annual list of the 25 Most Admired Educators of 2012.

According to the Design Intelligence, “The 2012 class of education role models was selected by DesignIntelligence staff with extensive input from thousands of design professionals, academic department heads, and students. Educators and administrators from the disciplines of architecture, industrial design, interior design, and landscape architecture are considered for inclusion.”

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NESAD Interior Design Faculty Win ASID Awards

NESAD faculty Karen Clarke and Jeanne Kopacz with their ASID Design Excellence Awards

NESAD faculty Karen Clarke and Jeanne Kopacz with their ASID Design Excellence Awards

Co-Program Director of Interior Design and Associate Professor Karen Clarke and Adjunct Professor Jeanne Kopacz both won awards in the 2010 ASID New England Design Excellence Awards, a design competition for interior designers to submit their design projects in residential or contract design.  Professor Karen Clarke won the Residential First Place for a Kitchen project.  Adjunct Professor and Principal of Allegro Interior Architecture, Jeanne Kopacz won the Contract First Place for a corporate office over 10,000 sf.  The work of each winner showed the highest level of excellence and was judged by an out-of-state chapter of ASID.