Designing our Community
From the taste of the food to the
smell of delightful aromas, a restaurant appeals to many senses. Division of Interior Architecture
students Derek Kucksdorf
and Konna Jahns
helped the nearby Cousins Subs bring two additional senses–sight and feel–to its
customers through the division's proposed new Design Center's first remodeling
project in the campus neighborhood.
The Design Center offers opportunities for its
upper-level students to engage in community design projects and gain valuable
"The Design Center allows students to sharpen their
skills through real-life design challenges and experiences while still studying
in the program," said IA Head Nisha Fernando.
"The Cousins Subs re-design, along with my required
internship, has prepared me for what's to come after I graduate," Jahns said.
"It was stressful at times to meet deadlines and to wonder how our clients would
react to our design presentations; however, the entire process was so exciting
and rewarding as we got to see our design ideas come to life!"
Kucksdorf and Jahns were supervised by IA Associate
Professor Katja Marquart as they created a set of UWSP-themed
design concepts and the final layouts for the re-design at Cousins, located on
the corner of Division Street and Fourth Avenue. Photos of campus life adorn the
walls as Pointers Athletics posters and purple and gold chairs provide customers
with a feeling of school spirit.
"It was a lot of fun working with the students, and
customer feedback has been very positive," said Dirk Deford,
Cousins team leader. "I was very impressed with the amount of pride the students
put into the project."
"This project was a great piece to put in my
portfolio," added Kucksdorf. "It was definitely a conversation piece when I
applied for grad school in New York City."
The division will continue to work with the university
and the Stevens Point community on similar design projects in the future that
focus on nonprofit organizations or individuals who normally would not have
access to designers.