Design students exhibit senior thesis projects

Thursday May 02, 2019

senior designFinal projects by 13 graduating seniors in the Department of Interior Architecture & Design at Mercyhurst University will be on display Saturday, May 11, from 3 to 5 p.m. at 3928 Wayne St.

Each student was asked to identify a problem that can be addressed through the design of a unique built environment, and to find new and better ways to create interior environments that support health, safety and well-being.

The thesis projects run the gamut from a youth center designed for youths with autism to a contemporary speakeasy to a natural disaster relief shelter. 

Participating students and their thesis projects include:

  • Chris Brightman – Safe Space, a youth center designed for autism
  • Leah Clendaniel – Library 19, public library fire prevention
  • Sara Fisanick – Hideaway, a nonprofit facility for the impoverished
  • Hannah Fox – Niche, a women’s refuge
  • Dominic Gardunio – Diverse Villa, a neighborhood hangout for cultural differences
  • Tiara Johnson – Civism, a male rehabilitation center
  • Gabriella Macera – Freshstart, a community resource center
  • Maria Matesa – LAX, Los Angeles Airport terminal renovation
  • Victoria Migliaccio – Aloha, canine assisted wellness center
  • Mary Murphy – Purrfect Friends, cat wellness and adoption center
  • Lauren Ostrzyzek – The Dobler House, historic restoration and rehabilitation
  • Amanda Smith – Heaven Hill, a contemporary speakeasy
  • Erin Webster – Czone, natural disaster relief shelters

For more information, contact Department Chair Kathy Weidenboerner.

PHOTO: Czone, natural disaster relief shelters, designed by Erin Webster.