Author: Beth Reynolds

SUVA has a new home

SUVA has a new home

June 29, 2020

As you all know, SUVA has made some amazing strides over the last year. Today, we are pleased to inform you of yet another milestone in SUVA’s history.

It is with great excitement that we get to share that SUVA is moving into a beautiful new building located at 20 E. Congress, in the heart of vibrant downtown Tucson. This move will allow SUVA to fully integrate into the thriving arts community of Tucson, positioning us for a bright future within our local community and beyond.

The building is a beautiful poetic representation of everything that we all love about SUVA- the integration of old with new, tradition with progress. We cannot wait to take each and every one of you on a tour of every nook and cranny of this beautifully redesigned space, from the hundred year old exposed brickwork to the contemporary functional layout.

We eagerly anticipate being able to open our doors up to our students and employees, and say “Welcome home!” Until that time, please enjoy these gorgeous photos.

We’re consolidating our campus

We’re consolidating our campus

May 14, 2020

SUVA has some exciting news to share about our campus. We are in the process of consolidating our campus on to the east side of Country Club. What does this move mean for our students? Access to lots of new space that you didn’t have access to before!

All SUVA facilities will now be located on the same side of the street, which means easier access to the administrative office, all of your classes, and the new improved 24 Hour Lab, as well as a greater sense of community among all disciplines.

Beginning in the Fall semester, students will have more access to all of their studio classrooms, as well as access to semi-private studio spaces for the duration of the semester. This will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, with first priority given to upper-classmen.

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements to come!

Sincerely,

The Leadership Team

Camden Hardy, Lisa Larrabee, Andy Moreno, Carly Zufelt

Eva Murzaite and Brandy Holden on their time at SUVA

Eva Murzaite and Brandy Holden on their time at SUVA

March 2, 2020

Earlier this year we spoke to two Interior Design alumni students, Eva Murzaite and Brandy Holden about their time at SUVA.

How would you describe your time at SUVA?

Eva: I think the word that comes to my mind when I think about my time at SUVA is focused. I was completely submerged and engaged in my studies. It was all enveloping and fast paced so there really wasn’t much time for anything else.

Brandy: Absolutely, and to elaborate on that, due to SUVA’s expectations on attendance, you really can’t miss any classes. This isn’t an institution where you can just do the work and pass; you have to be present to every class.

Were there any classes in particular that you enjoyed working on and discovering?

Brandy: My very first class was drafting 101, and if I’m being perfectly honest I thought ‘what had I gotten myself into?’ I had to assess what I thought the definition of an interior designer was, because I was clearly going to be doing more than picking wall colors and fluffing some pillows. The first two weeks were a little rough for me because I didn’t really understand what the course involved and how in-depth it was. But by the end of the class I made the connection in regards to how high level everything regarding interiors has to be, and how much collaboration is needed with builders and architects in the industry.

Eva: Some of my favorite classes were cross-disciplinary classes taught by other instructors. I love to draw and being taught by illustrators in how to convey a space through points of perspective and understanding was really helpful. I loved that aspect of it.

The other courses I really loved were when we had to see projects through from start to finish, for example when we were doing hospitality design in one of our senior projects. These classes really put our creativity to the test.

Is there anything you wish you’d known as a student that you know now?

Brandy:All of it (laughter).

Eva: I think one of the things from me that really helped change my mindset was after I did my internship and still had schooling to do; it was hugely helpful to know what things to focus on, and I actually ended up working as a design assistant pretty early on. But being able to have some experience in conjunction with school allowed me to get a lot of value out of my degree.

Brandy: Absolutely, I didn’t start my internship as early as Eva did but I would say I wish I had collaborated further.

What advice would you give to new students?

Eva: Get connected with the community early on, and get to know as many vendors as possible though ASID (American Society of Interior Designers). Many vendors open up events so you can get to know the representatives of certain products (such as furniture, tiles and paints). Get to know them and learn from them. The designers’ job is to coordinate the orchestra but each one of those people specializes in their own instrument.

Interested in studying Interior Design at SUVA?

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