Kent State Student Member Spotlight: Emmy Ober
Name: Emmy Ober
School: Kent State University
Expected graduation date: May 13, 2017
Favorite area of design: Wherever my inspiration goes, I find that I'm drawn to hospitality but I get lost in every project I'm involved in. I've worked on a lot of different projects such as residential redevelopments, car condominiums, a restaurant, an office space, a few healthcare projects and even a museum, with so many facets of design possible, it's hard to choose one favorite.
Favorite project in school: IMEX, a museum I designed while studying abroad in Florence, Italy. I used the juxtaposing themes of Impressionist and Expressionist art to split my museum into a dark side and light side. I used different themed rooms to portray the same subject of art but as someone would visually see it (impressionism) and how someone would feel about it (expressionism). It was so different from my other projects that at first I struggled to figure out what I really wanted the museum to be for people. It really pushed me as a designer.
Why did you decide to get a degree in Interior Design: I've always been interested in physical spaces and psychology but I came from a very small school without any knowledge of what I was getting myself into. The more I got into design the more I realized how much I loved it. It was like everything I never knew I wanted and I was lucky enough to go to a school where they work closely with the students to make sure you're succeeding that it kept me determined and inspired by design.
What do you love about Interior Design: I probably love the creativity the most, finding new ideas and ways that someone can be inspired. I'm also minoring in psychology so I'm fascinated with how humans think and feel in spaces. It amazes me how much a space can impact someone whether it be physically or mentally.
What is your favorite thing about your student membership: Definitely that I get to be so involved with professionals already in the design world. I feel incredibly comfortable in a professional setting and every event or meeting is a possibility for networking, it's important that you're confident in this field and IIDA helps to make sure students are prepared for the future.
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written by Halle Michalakes, Associate IIDA