Domus Academy School of Design at NSAD
Domus Academy School of Design at NSAD Advisory Board
NewSchool of Architecture and Design formed the Domus Academy School of Design at NSAD Advisory Board to provide counsel on globally inspired design-related curricula and its application to professional practice. Board members are renowned, award-winning designers from around the world whose collective experience has influenced many recognizable international and local design projects. The Board will provide guidance to NSAD’s Bachelor of Interior Design program, which launches this fall, and the school’s academic offerings in design. The creation of this Board advances NSAD’s mission to provide global educational experiences that prepare students for practice in a diverse and global work environment in the design field.
Viveca Bissonnette (FIIDA, Assoc. AIA, CID, LEED AP)Viveca Bissonnette is design principal and vice president at Hollander Design Group in San Diego and recently served as president of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), a professional networking and educational association of 13,000 members in 10 specialty practice forums and 31 chapters around the world. In addition to her continued work with the IIDA, she is a past board member of the San Diego Architectural Foundation and member of the Program Advisory Board at the Art Institute of San Diego. She is currently a member of the editorial advisory boards of Perspective and Interiors & Sources magazines. Bissonnette has participated as a judge in many international interior design competitions and has been featured in numerous publications, such as Contract, Interiors & Sources, and Hospitality Design. In 2004, she was recognized as one of 10 designers to watch in the U.S. as part of IIDA’s 10th anniversary celebrations. In 2011, she was named a fellow with the IIDA. She has worked on projects that include tenant improvements and new construction for both the private and public sectors. Bissonnette has a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from McGill University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Design Institute of San Diego. Bissonnette is also a Certified Interior Designer in the state of California and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Robin Wilson Carrier (ASID, CID, LEED AP)
Robin Wilson Carrier is president of the San Diego chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and an award-winning interior designer who specializes in the design of custom residences, restaurants, and clubhouses. As principal of Robin Wilson Interior Design of San Diego, her work has received accolades both regionally and nationally. Her design work has been featured in publications such as Better Homes and Gardens, Log & Timber Style, Luxe Interiors + Design, Professional Builder, Ranch & Coast, San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles, San Diego Magazine, and U-T San Diego as well as on Forbes.com. Carrier has also been honored with seven ASID Design Excellence Awards, including a Grand Award. Other notable awards include the People’s Choice Award for Best Interior Design at the Tour d’Elegance and the Best of Las Vegas Award for the Allegro at La Entrada Clubhouse. She has served on juries for the San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine’s 2005 and 2011 Kitchen of the Year contest and Orchids & Onions in 2012. She also has been selected as one of San Diego Magazine’s 50 People to Watch in 2013. Carrier earned her bachelor’s degree from Design Institute of San Diego and a bachelor’s degree in business management from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Prior to establishing her own firm in 1995, she worked at Hope Architects, Ryan Young Interiors, and LAI Design.
John Mills Davies (ASID; CGBP; CAPS I, II, CID)
John Mills Davies established the design program and was director of design at Marrokal Design & Remodeling, a prominent design build/remodeling firm in San Diego, from 2003 through 2012. With a professional background in both architecture and interior design, he has amassed nearly 100 design awards and his work has been widely published on the local, regional, and national levels. In 2012, he launched his own practice—John Mills Davies ASID (residential architecture and design) and Rendervizion (residential rendering and graphic presentations)—while continuing to provide consulting services to Marrokal. Actively involved in ASID, Davies’ residential projects have been featured on nearly every ASID-sponsored home tour, and several National Kitchen and Bath Association–sponsored home tours, since 2003. Davies is originally from Pasadena, Calif., and is the son of noted architect and professor of architecture Philip M. Davies, AIA. He currently resides in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego and has won multiple design awards for his own green urban bungalow. Davies holds a bachelor of fine arts in interior design, a Master of Architecture from NewSchool of Architecture and Design (2001) with a minor in urban planning. He is a Certified Interior Designer in the state of California, a certified aging-in-place specialist (CAPS I, II), and a Certified Green Building Professional (CGBP). Davies is a member of NKBA (National Kitchen & Bath Association); NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry); ASAI (American Society of Architectural Illustrators); and Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO), San Diego’s architectural preservation society.
Dante Donegani is director of the Design Department at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano in Milan, Italy, and former director of the master’s program in design at Domus Academy. With Giovanni Lauda, he runs the design firm D&L donegani e lauda; the firm’s projects include layouts for art exhibitions, corporate identity design, private houses and products for companies such as Rotaliana, Luceplan, Gufram Edra, Radice, and Viceversa. Donegani earned a degree in architecture from the University of Florence and a master’s degree in design at Domus Academy. From 1987 to 1990 he worked at Olivetti developing interior design projects for trade fairs, showrooms, and art exhibitions. He has received awards for the architecture works Manhattan Waterfront in New York, Berlin Wall in Berlin, and A Square with a Monument in Japan. His design works have been published in the magazines Domus, Interni, Casa Vogue, Modo, Ottagono, and Axis, and have been displayed in numerous exhibitions, including the Italian Fair at the Seibu Art Forum in Tokyo, Les Capitales Européennes du nouveau design at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Biennale of Venice "Metamorphosis," and the Triennale di Milano’s Museo del Design.
Ezequiel Farca, one of Mexico’s most prominent designers, is chief creative and executive officer of EZEQUIELFARCA, an international design firm in Mexico City. Farca began his design career at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial design, and interned in industrial design at Western Washington University. He earned a master’s degree in Large-Scale Architecture and other Environments from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, in Barcelona, Spain, where he obtained a Ph.D. in Architectural Projects and a specialization in Modern Forms. His studio firm has a global reach with projects ranging from interiors to product design. Farca’s many design awards include the Quorum Award for the best designer in Mexico, the Good Design Award for his Zihua lounge chair, the Best of Year product design award from Interior Design magazine, and the International Design Award in 2008. Farca was nominated as Best Designer of the Year by Ambiente magazine, won Architectural Record’s Design Icons Award, and has been featured in architecture and design magazines throughout the world. The EZEQUIELFARCA firm has designed products or environments for a host of industrial clients, including Corian DuPont, Grupo Urrea, Comex Group, Nouvel Studio, Res-In, and Aeromexico.
Paolo Giachi is an Italian architect and interior designer with more than 16 years of experience in designing retail stores for luxury fashion brands such as Prada, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, and Jimmy Choo in locations around the world. He teaches an interior design course at the Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, and in fall 2012, he taught an interior design studio at NSAD as a visiting professor. The course was the first one to be offered through the recently formed Domus Academy School of Design at NSAD. Giachi’s design firm is involved in concept design, multibrand specialty store projects, and in developing plans for private residences. His close collaboration with some of the world’s most influential designers and entrepreneurs in fashion and retail has made Giachi an in-demand expert on style and trends as they relate to interior design. In 2011, he was named one of the “13 Must Know Luxury Boutique Designers” by Luxury Society. Giachi graduated with a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Florence.
Claudia Salazar (Assoc. AIA)
Claudia Salazar is design director of the San Diego office of Gensler, a global design firm with 42 offices and 3,500 employees worldwide. She has extensive experience in corporate architecture and interiors, with a specialty in enhancing the user experience of the work environment. Salazar has participated in projects across the U.S. and internationally, including the Microsoft developer sites in Vancouver, Canada, and Silicon Valley, Calif.; Microsoft sales sites in Puerto Rico and Santiago, Chile; and high-profile projects such as the Carl Zeiss Vision headquarters in San Diego and TaylorMade-adidas Golf company headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif. Salazar has received numerous honors for her work, including an IIDA Calibre Award and an honorable mention in the Solutia Ultron Doc Awards competition for the Carl Zeiss Vision headquarters project. Salazar earned her Bachelor of Arts in Applied Arts and Sciences With an Emphasis in Interior Design at San Diego State University and earned her Master of Architecture from NSAD in 1998. She is a member of Women in Architecture and has been recognized by NSAD, where she teaches part time, as Alumna of the Year in 2001 and for “10 Years of Outstanding Achievement” in 2009.