Job Opportunity at Tom Stringer Design Partners

The team at Tom Stringer Design Partners are looking for to hire for the following positions:

  • Design Assistant
  • Part-Time Designer
  • Full-Time Designer

They would prefer that the applicant have prior experience in a firm or studio. If this sounds like you, you can contact Lesley Stump with your cover letter and resume.

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Sherwin-Williams Colormix Forcast 2018


Like blue meeting yellow to make green, every color is a collision of influences – every palette a fresh chance at community. Attend the Sherwin-Williams Colormix 2018 Color Forecast to learn about the inspiration and influences behind the 2018 Colormix palettes.

ColorMix 2018 Color Forecast 

Date: 10/26/2017 

Start Time: 4:30pm 

Presentation Time: 5:15pm

FCA Design Center 

2852 Ogden Avenue, 

Naperville, IL, 60540 


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Interior Design Promo

If you attended any Interior Design classes last semester, you may have noted a man with a camera running around and filming our classes and students. We are proud to announce that the finished product of that is ready to be unveiled! We have a new promotional video for our department! It features interviews with both teachers and students on what our program offers and how we impact the world through our designs.

Share it with your family and friends, and across all platforms, let’s show the world what we’ve got!

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Open House Chicago

This coming weekend the Chicago Architectural Foundation will host Open House Chicago, an annual event that allows free admission to 200 buildings across Chicago over the course of 48 hours. Click the above link for list of sites to visit; something there for everyone!

Some buildings that may be of particular interest to History Students are:

Art Deco – 333 N. Michigan Ave., Holabird and Root, 1928

Chicago Board of Trade, 141 W. Jackson, Holabird and Root, 1930

Carbon and Carbide Building, 230 N. Michigan, Burnham Brothers, 1929

Neoclassical – Blackstone Hotel, Marshall and Fox, 1910

Romanesque-Gothic Revival – The Monroe Building, Holabird and Roche 1912

The Rookery, Burham and Root, 1888 with Lobby by Frank Lloyd Wright, 190505

French Empire Lobby – The Palmer House, 17 E. Monroe, Holabird and Roche, 1927

Also take time to stop by the Chicago Architectural Biennial at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. The Cultural Center is an excellent example of Beaux-Arts style and houses the world’s largest Tiffany designed glass dome.

History students can earn up to 20 extra credit points for turning in pictures and write-up of visit. Proof of visit required.

Job Opportunity at Bernhardt

The Illinois Chapter of IIDA would like students to know that a job opportunity has opened up at Bernhardt Textiles. They are looking forward for an Independent Contract Sales Representative and are specifically looking for a student or recent graduate. Directly from their email, here are the requirements:

In this role, you would be responsible for selling high-end contract fabric, wallcovering and furnishings, as well as product & sampling assortments to accounts within the Midwest Region here in Chicago. Please see more information below regarding the job description & qualifications necessary to apply:



  • Meet or exceed sales goals as set by the Director of Contract.
  •  Determine and sell appropriate product to accounts within the territory.
  • Reinforce brand positioning in the marketplace.
  • Provide key service points for accounts.
  • Analyze the territory to identify growth opportunity including high potential customers and accounts.
  • Provide feedback from the territory such as competitive information trends, including regular scheduled meetings with key specifiers.
  • Use your best efforts to promote and market the products actively in order to maximize sales potential.
  • Attend Sales Meetings.
  • Maintain all company property such as books, records, etc.
  • Sales generation within the assigned territory.
  • Manage individual client book.
  • Develop new business opportunities through trade affiliations; industry functions; trade publications, etc.
  • Provide the Director of Contract with a monthly report with territory specific business analysis information.
  • Follow up on all stages of the sale from the quote to order generation, through shipping and invoicing of all orders.
  • Provide world-class customer service to clients.


  • BA or BS degree in a related field is helpful but not required.
  • Superior communication and presentation skills are a must.
  • Team player
  • Problem solver
  • Good listener
  • Ability to multi-task and shift gears when needed.
  • Self-starter

If you are interested in the position, email Nancy Krames at

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Design Opportunity

Jim, a part time teacher with the Horticulture Department is looking for someone to help him redesign parts of his home and would like the help of a student or recent graduate of the COD department.

For further details, please contact Jim directly at for more details on what this opportunity entails.

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Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge


While it may seem far away, 2018 is around the corner, and so is a new season of student competitions. The first of which is the Sherwin-Williams 2018 Student Design Challenge, which opens for entries starting Thursday, February 1st, 2018.

The competition has two categories, commercial and residential. Both categories give the same amount of prize money, with $2,500 going to the winners. You can enter by yourself or as part of a team. And the best part? There is no fee to enter!

You can get more information by clicking here, or on the photo at the top of the post. If you do enter, please let us know! There is a Fan Favorites award and we would love to support you!

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NKBA Chicago Midwest Chapter Event

October 2017 NKBA Chicago Midwest Chapter Event



Join the NKBA Chicago Midwest Chapter on Tuesday, October 17th for “An Evening of Luxury, Fun, and Fashion” at Banner Plumbing Supply in Buffalo Grove.  Enjoy delicious cuisine, networking, and a CEU (.1 NKBA CEU).  Registration is now open and spacing is limited.



6:30-7:00pm:  RUNWAY FASHION SHOW Featuring Designer Couture from Francess Heffernan of Winnetka

7:15pm-8:15pm:  CEU PRESENTATION by Jai Robinson of Brizo





With over 20 years of experience in marketing and product development in the U.S., Asia, Europe, and Israel, Jai currently leads the Brizo brand’s channel marketing strategies including showroom, hospitality and builder outreach, event marketing, and sponsorship of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Dream Home Giveaway program.  She was also selected to serve on the Advisory Board for the Indiana Design Center in Carmel, Indiana.  Fluent in French, Jai lived in Paris for two years.

Registration is now open and early registration fees are until Friday, October 13th. Registration closes on Sunday, October 15th at 5:00pm.

Current NKBA Members $10 (late registration $20)

NKBA Student Members $0 (late registration $0)

Guest & Non Member $20 (late registration $40)