Interior Design

Commercial Studio Projects

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Check out these great projects from our Commercial Studio students!
The project was to design a corporate office for a PR firm in Minneapolis. The students created floorplans and reflected ceiling plans in AutoCAD, modeled the reception area including a custom reception desk in SketchUp, and put together material boards with furniture and finishes.

Industry Advisor at DCTC named to top 100 Interior Design Giants

LinkedIn Office

The interior design program at DCTC has been in existence for over 40 years.  In that time we’ve touched the lives of many.  Kathy Huus, industry advisor and  former instructor, worked with our students for over 10 years.  Kathy recently had an opportunity to return to her home state and is now working for AP + I, a commercial interior design firm in Silicon Valley.

One of Kathy’s first projects on her return to the design industry was for LinkedIn. The project was published in the February issue of Interior Design magazine.  As an interior design firm, AP+I will also be featured as one of  the 100 interior design giants.  We’d like to congratulate Kathy and her team on their continued excellence in the Interior Design profession.

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Interior Design Students Attend KBIS 2015 in Vegas

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Students and faculty in the Interior Design program at Dakota County Technical College attended the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) Jan. 20–22, 2015, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Anne Farniok, an interior design instructor, took six of her students to one of the premier design and construction events in the world, giving them an insider’s look at a U.S. industry that employs 7 million people and has a 2016 new construction forecast approaching $1.6 trillion.

Read full article on DCTC news.

Interior Design Instructor Recognized for Kitchen Designs


Amber Newton at New Spaces wins two Remodeler of Merit Awards (ROMA)

Amber Newton, an adjunct instructor in the Interior Design program at Dakota County Technical College, was the lead designer on two kitchen design projects that won 2014 Remodeler of Merit Awards (ROMA) for New Spaces, a Twin Cities remodeler and home renovation contractor based in Burnsville, Minnesota. Newton’s designs won in two ROMA categories, Kitchens: Under $50,000 and Kitchens: $50,000–$100,000. The awards were presented at the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) 2014 Building Industry Gala (BIG) Oct. 23 at the Union Depot in St. Paul.

Read more about Amber Newton’s recognition on DCTC News.

Want Universal Design? Make Technology More Intuitive

Inclusivity in Universal Design embraces technology.  Read this great article I found on ASID’s Eye on Design.  The following article from Metropolis magazine is eye opening in our approach to Universal Design.


Where Learning is Headed and What It Means for the College Campus

Gensler is a leader in the design of educational space.   Learn more about how the changing classroom is effecting spatial design.

Interior Design students apply skill sets in real-world project


CET and Interior Design students apply skill sets in real-world project

HAFA Farm Service-Learning ProjectSpring 2014 marked a new partnership between the Hmong American Farmers Association, or HAFA, and Dakota County Technical College. The partnership is organized around a service-learning project that harnesses the know-how of students in the college’s Civil Engineering Technology and Interior Design programs. Faculty in both programs are working with their students to help prepare a new HAFA land acquisition for agricultural use.

Janssen Hang, the senior organizer at HAFA, reported that his organization acquired the land, now known as HAFA Farm, with help from an angel investor. “This spring, HAFA members will be farming the parcel, growing an assortment of vegetables and flowers for sale at the local farmers market and through HAFA’s Alternative Markets Program to Minneapolis Public Schools and Fairview Hospitals,” Janssen said, noting that HAFA Farm also provides opportunities for Hmong American farmers to sell fresh produce through the HAFA CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture. “Moreover, the land acquisition has helped cultivate new practices such as record-keeping, accessing microloans, high-tunnel production, cover crops and, most importantly, partnerships.”

HAFA Farm Service-Learning ProjectLocated on a 155-acre homestead site near the Vermillion River just west of U.S. Highway 52 in Dakota County, HAFA Farm features a century-old farmhouse, a number of outbuildings and a stave silo. The service-learning project focuses on two fronts, reconfiguring the acreage to allocate small plots for Hmong American farmers and redesigning the interior layout of the farmhouse to create a first-floor office setting and a second-floor living corridor for interns and volunteers.

“The interior design students tackled the farmhouse, taking measurements and bringing their creativity to redesign a suitable space to meet the intent of the structure,” Janssen said, adding that civil engineering technology students surveyed the property, evaluated contour and provided a plan for subdividing 125 acres into five-acre parcels that 16 Hmong American farmers will begin working spring 2014.


Interior Design Students Experience Sustainable Living

Sustainable Building Practice

Sustainable Building Practice

Architectural technology and interior design students visit Main Street Project

By Randy Olson, DCTC Associate Dean of Design & Technology

“Sustainability is an energy equation” stated Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, also known as Regi, the chief operating officer of Main Street Project in Northfield, Minn. Regi was addressing a group of DCTC architectural technology and interior design students during a field trip to his sustainable-concept residence on a cold but sunny day in early November 2013.

The students had the opportunity to hear Regi’s philosophy on energy and food production and then see firsthand how he has implemented those concepts into a working model. Regi informed students that conventional agriculture consumes 15 units of energy for each unit it produces. His farming model, on the other hand, balances this energy equation and provides a sustainable ecosystem.

On just over two acres, Regi constructed an agricultural prototype based on his sustainable concepts, allowing the protoype to occupy less than half the ground space. Students also got the chance to see the house Regi built on his property. Only a little over a year old, Regi’s home applies the same sustainable concepts he uses in agriculture, only incorporated into a livable space.



DCTC Interior Design Club Wins Industry Award

The DCTC interior design club – Design Connexion – participated in an IIDA (International Interior Design Association) charity event called Fusion + Fashion. Industry professionals as well as interior design college students designed and fabricated outfits from industry products and non-traditional garment materials and modeled them in a fashion show / competition. DCTC’s Design Connexion created two outfits from aluminum cans and pop tops, and won the category “Most Unique Material”. The event took place at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, and it was the industry social gala of the year. See the actual DCTC dresses and other winning outfits on Nicollet Mall at Target Commercial Interiors in downtown Minneapolis. Check out the pictures of the event at

Target Store Designer, Reggie Reyes, Inpires Interior Design Students

Reggie Reyes, Guest Speaker

Reggie Reyes, Guest Speaker

IDES students currently enrolled in Commercial Studio II are competing in a Retail Design Competition this fall.
PAVE (The Planning and Visual Education Partnership) is sponsoring a competition to design a retail “pop up” store design concept for the Sephora chain of cosmetics stores.
Reggie Reyes has led Target in the arena of “pop-ups” and spoke to the students regarding this type of retail venue.
He was able to spend time with each student critiquing their work and inpiring them to take some risks with their design concepts. The studnets took away some great information and inspiration as the project deadline comes to a close.
Stay posted for results of the Sephora store design sometime in December.