The B.S. in interior design program at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) has been ranked 20th in the country by DesignIntelligence. In addition, the company named Lisa Phillips, assistant professor of interior design at Jefferson, one of the 25 most admired educators for 2017-2018.
The prestigious annual ranking is based on surveys of hiring professionals who indicated which schools they think best prepare students for success in interior design.
“With almost 200 Council for Interior Design Accreditation-accredited programs and additional non-accredited programs, this puts us in exclusive company,” said Lauren Baumbach, director of the B.S. in interior design program at Jefferson. “It takes a collaborative effort by our fantastic faculty and hardworking students to create excellence in the program. We very much appreciate the recognition by all of the educators and professionals in the field who ranked us in DI’s top 20.”
“Phillips pushes her students to higher levels of achievement,” they wrote. “She is passionate about the field of interior design, provides constructive feedback while encouraging individuality and creates a learning environment, which results in students who are excited about the future in design.”
Baumbach calls Phillips an “exceptional educator.” “Lisa’s tireless dedication to teaching and her students is unparalleled,” she said. “We’re so happy that she has received this well-deserved recognition and that she’s part of our team.”
“Lisa Phillips has impacted hundreds of students in the Jefferson Interior Design program in becoming future leaders in their profession,” added Barbara Klinkhammer, executive dean of the College of Architecture and the Built Environment at Jefferson. “She’s a remarkable teacher and a role model in bringing Jefferson’s Nexus Learning approach–active and engaged learning, real-world projects and collaborative experiences–into the classroom.”
DesignIntelligence is a respected source for information on academic programs, emerging trends and management practices for related professions. The latest rankings were announced in DesignIntelligence Quarterly.