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Design Around Town: Cheers to our Inaugural Event

In the spirit of demystifying life after college, Design Around Town is committed to providing opportunities for local design students to be more thoroughly immersed in the many ground-breaking design firms in the Northeast Ohio market. The objective is provide access to a variety of design offices, design types, design philosophies and design professionals by facilitating opportunities to tour firms, furniture dealerships and job sites.

A huge thank you to The Ohio Desk Company, who graciously served as the day’s home base where our design students from three local schools had time to get to know another and share stories of design studio woes.

Taking to the streets on a brisk fall day, the group walked to Vocon for the first stop on our firm tour series for the day.

Vocon Designer and Cleveland Akron City Center Co-Director Halle Michalakes was kind enough to rally the Vocon troops to share the Vocon design principles with the group and tour them through their newly renovated space.

Thank you to the Vocon office for having the group and in particular, a big thank you to:

Halle Michalakes, IIDA, NCIDQ

Kat Fantozzi

Stephanie Bodjanac, Associate IIDA

Moneerah AlAjaji

Allison Powers

The second stop of the day brought the group to Bostwick Design Partnership where interior designer and OH KY Chapter President Elect Amy Todd and interior design Michelle Weimer shared an overview of the firm’s work styles and practices as well as a tremendous amount of professional insight for the emerging designers in attendance that day.

Many thanks to the Bostwick Design Office for hosting us and in particular:


Michelle Weimer, MBA

Robert Bostwick, FAIA

Shaping out the day of professional development brought the group back to Ohio Desk where key members of their staff shared insight on the value of a contract furniture dealership in the design process and how their skilled team members can guarantee success on commercial projects.

Specials thanks to Ohio Desk as well for providing refreshments for the group and opening up their beautiful showroom space to provide for some continued networking amongst the students in attendance.

Without the support of the following Ohio Desk Team Members, the day simply would not have been feasible:

Jessica Mullen

Raina Hooper


Cheers to a successful Design Around Town inaugural event and IIDA Cleveland Akron looks forward to providing more and more professional development and enrichment opportunities for our local design students.



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