Architect software adds to Interior Design program

SWCTA’s Interior Design students have been given a class set of laptops that feature the architect software, “Chief Architect.”

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the laptops that Interior Design juniors and seniors have been waiting for finally arrived. Mrs. Alisa Sirat, Interior Design teacher, received a grant in November 2010. Each student was assigned a laptop and given the chance to try out the programs and features installed.

“I’m so excited! I’ve been waiting for the laptops since I wrote in the grant two years ago,” Sirat said.

Chief Architect, Adobe programs like Illustrator and Photoshop, and Google Sketchup are programs that have been installed on the computers. Chief Architect is an architectural software that enables students to create interior designs in 2D or 3D. Interior Design students use the Adobe software in their Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) class that goes hand-in-hand with the Interior program. Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop will be essential in creating 3D perspectives and sketching of floor plans. Google Sketchup is an additional program that allows students to bring their designs to life.

“The seniors are using the programs to create restaurants and other projects for their Capstones. I’m going to have my juniors use it for their PBLs, create furniture for their furniture unit, and make floor plans for their end of the year project,” Sirat said.

Students’ creations on these programs will be placed in their digital portfolios. The portfolios serve as resumes for the students and will help them earn interior design or architectural related jobs.

“I love the new laptops and programs. The laptop and programs really complete interior design, and provides us with experience and outlet to express our design ideas. Chief Architect is amazing, and was definitely not what I expected. I would love to incorporate Chief Architect into our design projects in the future,” William Zheng, junior, said.

Students are at a great advantage because the programs the grant supplied are industry equivalent. Other programs have asked Sirat to make restaurants or stores, interior design buildings. Sirat plans to make use of her students’ Chief Architect expertise to complete these projects. The architectural programs are essential to Interior Design, just as sewing machines are important to the Fashion Design program. The interior program is now complete, and students are on their way to becoming future designers and architects.