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PROsession: Speakers from Starbucks and Ceramic Technics, Ltd. Discuss Specifications

On Tuesday, March 8th, Eloisa Bustos (Design Manager, Starbucks) and Lydia Kurth (A and D Account Executive, Ceramic Technics, Ltd.) spoke to students in a PROsession in Professional Office Practice, taught by Senior Instructor Katie Rothfield.

The title of the PROsession was “Specifications: The Domino Effect.” Bustos and Kurth discussed work with retail and corporate clients and vendors. They reviewed the importance of risk management and the financial consequences of poor specifications. The speakers mentioned how programs like e-SPECS for Revit can help a designer to avoid mistakes in this line of work.

In addition to covering specifications, Bustos and Kurth shared with the students their own career experiences as designers.

Interior Architecture’s Professional Office Practice course focuses on three key areas: career preparation, business practices, and professional services/project management. The PROsession series expounds upon the curriculum of Professional Office Practice, focusing on topics such as the benefits of joining professional associations, professional ethics and etiquette, and career paths for an interior designer. The course covers topics such as professional requirements, ethics and professional responsibility, career options and preparation, business formations, marketing strategies, contracts and fees, legal responsibilities, business plans, project phases, and the future of the profession of interiors. The values of professional responsibility, accountability, and effectiveness are also addressed.

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