Nowadays, interior design students are being tasked with not only conceiving single-level floor plans but also with transforming entire buildings into full-fledged commercial spaces. Such is the case at New York’s School of Visual Arts (SVA), which recently revealed its BFA Interior Design: Built Environments class of 2020 projects to the public.
Curated by senior thesis faculty Gita Nandan and Anthony Lee, “Buildings Transformed by Interior Design” presents the work of 15 international students who boldly reimagined existing structures for alternative uses. While the resulting edifices (which students began developing during summer 2019 and completed remotely in spring 2020) vary tremendously in aesthetic and function, they all demonstrate special attention to the social and environmental issues that plague the world today.
“I was trying to make an assessment of what these students had their fingers on because when it’s your thesis, it’s got to be something really dear to your heart,” SVA department chair Dr. Carol Bentel, a partner of Bentel & Bentel, the multigenerational firm behind famed restaurants such as Le Bernardin, The Modern at MoMA, and Gramercy Tavern, says to AD PRO. “Everyone created something that was ‘save the planet’ or ‘take care of