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Buffalo State Interior Design Students make a mark on the East Side

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Design Charrette-

On Wednesday November 2nd Buffalo State students participated in a charrette to help 6th grade special education students from Palmyra Macedon School District redesign their classroom.  The elementary school students and their teacher received a grant that stipulated that design must be student led with a focus on 21st century learning.   The charrette was a collaboration between the 6th grade students, design students and design professionals.  Design students and professionals volunteered their time and expertise to help the elementary students develop their ideas into practical solutions.


Explore Buffalo

Explore Buffalo is a non-profit organization providing tours and promoting the discovery of the unique architecture, history, and communities of the greater Buffalo Niagara region.  The Department of Interior Design at Buffalo State is proud to partner with Explore Buffalo to provide our students with an unparalleled look at the architectural heritage of Buffalo.  Our students benefit from the opportunity to investigate the built environment through both historical context and formal investigation and Explore Buffalo has provided a valuable platform through their specialized student tours to make this possible.  We are grateful for the generous support of Explore Buffalo.

IES Buffalo Section

Thank you Buffalo section of IES for sponsoring:

Ignite Scholarship

Student Membership

Students Scholarship to attend Annual Conference

Free admission to tech. meetings for students



Shout out to IDE-104 and Buffalo News


"Design for living"

Interior Design student work showcased at BROCTON- Ahira Hall Memorial Library.

vertical studio students win regional award.

This year’s IDEC Student Design Competition, sponsored by CIDQ, charged students with combining the educational structure of a vertical studio with the practice of service learning.  Two Buffalo State teams were named regional winners. The team that created the project titled "Creativity Boost"  included, Rebecca Sturniolo, Olushola Mogaji, & Gulnihal Yilmaz.  The team that created "Vertical Restore" was comprised of Chelsea Balistrieri, Elizabeth Decker and Michelle Muniak.

Final winning submissions, including the work from our students are displayed here.

Students Visit darwin martin house

Students from IDE 254 History of Architecture and Interior Design II visited the Darwin Martin house in February.


Arch + ed

Seniors and Juniors from the Interior Design Department have been featured of Buffalo State's website because of the participation in Buffalo Architecture Foundation's Architecture and Education program.

IES Young Professionals Scholarship

Two students from the Department of Interior Design, Darcy Engle and Rebecca Sturniolo have received the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Young Professionals Scholarship that will enable the students to attend the 2015 IES Annual Conference in Indianapolis in November 2015. The scholarship will cover conference costs, travel, and lodging costs for the students and allow them to attend the Student & Emerging Professionals Workshop in addition to the conference.

A total of 8 scholarships were awarded for USA and two for the North East Region, which were both awarded to Buffalo State students.



Students of IDE 205




Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) hosted The Magic of Light event at the Burchfield Penny on Friday September 11th, 2015. The magic of light event included small group lighting tours of the galleries, led by  Tony Bannon of the Burchfield Penny Art center. It also featured Key note speaker, Frank Florentine, and an outdoor lighting festival and audio installation at Frontyard at the Center, by Buffalo State interior design student artist, Darcy Engle.




Artist: Darcy Engle

Lighting Designer: Paul Mercier

Lighting Installation: Don Suriani (Vertex)


The Art

Art has always been fascinating to me particularly due to the idea that any person has the ability to interpret the piece differently. However, when the opportunity arose to create a work in honor of the International Year of Light, I did not want the viewer to be curious, but to quickly understand the importance of this work. I hoped to portray this, first, through the use of the word light represented in twenty different languages. Then, I simply wanted the viewer to understand that light is the focal point of the meaning, regardless of whether or not they can read that particular language. This was achieved through using small LED luminaires in the video to spell out the words. On the other hand, I hoped the viewer would be reminded that the technology that provides light has not always been as innovative as it is now and could become even more so in the future. Through capturing and combining still frames of silhouettes on a homemade screen, I created the video to symbolize the past, present, and future of light.

In the end, I deemed this project uniquely successful and satisfying. This was due to the creative process, which had to come from representing a sophisticated technology through the use of unsophisticated methods.

The Light

The lighting for tonight’s experience adds interest and inspires curiosity without detracting from the audio and video installation celebrating the International Year of Light 2015.  Color changing LED flood lights are positioned to frame the video installation - trees on the lawn and the BPAC tower are illuminated and provide a changing experience that calls to the passerby and invites participation and exploration.

About the Artist

Darcy Engle is a senior at Buffalo State College, obtaining a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Design. Throughout her educational career she has partaken in various voluntary endeavours, from graphic design to sculpture, to broaden her scope of expectations of creativity as she emerges into the interior design profession.


Darcy Engle

"When I was introduced to the opportunity to travel to China for a Culture Camp sponsored by Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, I instantly applied. I've learned through past traveling, that the best understanding of a certain group of people comes from seeing what they see, experiencing what they experience, eating with them and talking to them." Read more.

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Alana Sun

Interior Design

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