FIU’s Professional Office Practice Course Conducts PROsessions for Students


Katie Rothfield, Instructor at FIU Interior Architecture, has organized a series of special talks in Professional Office Practice (IND 5508), a course she is teaching this Spring 2015 semester.

The series is called PROsessions, and thus far has featured speakers like Ricky Husty (International Interior Design Association (IIDA) SFL President), Jeffrey Gillis (American Society of Interior Designers), Tina Shaffran (The Hospitality Industry Network (NEWH)), Philip Abbott (Associate in Design at FIU Interior Architecture), and Rob Blakeslee (Blakeslee Design President). These talks have covered topics such as the benefits of joining professional associations, professional ethics and etiquette, and career paths for an interior designer.

During the rest of the semester, the roster of speakers will cover the subjects of personal branding, video production, internship experiences, professional post-graduation experiences, interviewing, personal marketing packages, and the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) and the Interior Design Fundamentals Exam.

Professional Office Practice focuses on three key areas: career preparation, business practices, and professional services/project management. 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.

The header image is of David Truong from USGBC, presenting to students in the Professional Office Practice course.

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