A Faculty of Design Leaders

Interior Designers Institute maintains the highest of standards for its faculty members. All professors are degreed professionals with an average of 10 years work experience in architecture and design. Leaders in their fields, many are associated with top firms, while others own successful interior design businesses. Most are professionally affiliated with ASID, IIDA or AIA. The faculty includes award-winning architects, a CBS Television set designer, ASID Designer of the year and Platinum Award winners, members of the California Board of Architectural Examiners and designers of many of the state’s most prestigious projects. Faculty also includes past presidents and board members of IIDA and ASID. In addition, the faculty includes a number of interior designers who have been published in such magazines as Interior Design Magazine, Woman’s Day, California Homes, Profiles in Architecture, Coast Magazine, and Healthcare Design. Students have the opportunity to work closely with these design leaders in learning the most current design innovations and portfolio techniques.

ASID EDUCATOR AWARD MEDALIST

Judy Deaton, ASID, IIDA, CID

The ASID Chapter Educator Medalist Award is the highest award bestowed by ASID on Society members at the chapter level in recognition of outstanding service and significant contributions to their chapter and to the body of knowledge that supports the profession of interior design. It acknowledges notable and continued contributions to the industry that have enriched the human experience through community involvement, leadership, and providing education in an innovative manner. ASID OC’s honoree, Judy Deaton has contributed outstanding and significant service to interior design education and the ASID Orange County Chapter. She is the co-founder of Interior Designers Institute (IDI) and is a professional member of ASID. Interior Designers Institute is CIDA accredited. IDI has produced countless notable design professionals and industry leaders over the years including four chapter presidents. Judy has served on numerous committees over the years and has also served as a chapter board member from 2005 to 2009. She has acted as leader and mentor to the student body as they consistently participate in chapter design events, fundraisers, and industry programs. ASID OC is proud to acknowledge Judy Deaton as the ASID Chapter Educator Medalist Award honoree.

Interior Designers Institute Faculty Profiles

PAUL J. RICE, ASID, IIDA

Certified Interior Designer

Co-Director of Education; Interior Designer; MA, Art History, CSU Fullerton; IIDA President 2000 (So. CA Chapter); Educator for Orange County NCIDQ Study Program; Ceramic Tile Institute Award Winner; Historic Commission Board Member, West Hollywood 2015

CYNTHIA AMARAL

Co-Director of Education, Interior Designer, MA, Interior Designers Institute; BA, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo; Allied Member ASID; Off The Grid Design Group, Interior Designer

YULIS AYTON, AIA

Certified Interior Designer

Associate American Institute of Architects Professor, Architect Master, Architecture & Urban Planning, UCLA Bachelor, Architectural Engineering, Oklahoma State University Bachelor, Architecture, Oklahoma State University, Project Designer, Gensler, Newport Beach, CA Revit Consultant, Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects/Skidmore, Owing & Merill Project Coordinator, West Edge Architecture

PATRICIA BALES, EdD

Design Infusion, Interior Designer; AA, Interior Designers Institute; EdD, University of Southern California; MA, California State University, Fullerton; BA, California State University, Fullerton; ASID Allied Member; IIDA Associate Member; Member of Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; Extensive supervisory experience at the university level

RICK CAMPOS, ASID Allied Member

Interior Designer; AA Interior Design, Interior Designers Institute; President, ASID Orange County Chapter; Communications Director, ASID Orange County Chapter; Emerging Professionals Chair, ASID Orange County Chapter; Member, Council of Past Presidents, ASID Orange County Chapter; Associate Designer, Dejager Design, Inc.

RICK FOX, AIA, ICC

Architect; MA, Philosophy, CSU, Long Beach; B. Arch., California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; Projects include: Corporate Headquarters for National Bank of Long Beach, BASF Research & Development Facility, Xerox Service Training Center, OPARC Adult Daycare Facility, AMO Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Kilroy Realty Corporation – 465,000 sq.ft.

DONALD GARDNER, IIDA

Certified Interior Designer

Commercial Interior Designer; BS, Interior Design, Woodbury College; Advanced Studies, UCLA; Inst. D'Architecttura, Venice, Italy; CBS Television Studio Set Designer; Canadian Consulate General Offices and Residences; Host of Foreign Studies Travel; Land Planning-Nebraska, Kansas

LISA GARRISS, IIDA, NAPW

Interior Designer; AAS, Parsons School of Design, New York; Senior Designer, Gettys Group; Design Director, Wilson & Associates, Inc.; Interior Designer, Rockwell Group; Interior Designer, Gensler; Projects include: "W" Hotel, New York; Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay; Four Seasons Sayan, Bali; Armani Hotel, Dubai, UAE; MGM Grand Macau; Grand Hyatt, China; Armani Hotel, Milan, Italy

RACHEL HULAN, ASID, IIDA, LEED AP

Certified Interior Designer

Certified Green Building Professional; BA, Interior Design, Interior Designers Institute; President, Hulan Design

NANCY JOHSNON, Associate IIDA

Interior Designer; BA Interior Designers Institute; BA Film/TV/Radio CSU, Los Angeles; Interior Designer, Gensler, Newport Beach; Designer at Casco Design Studio

OKKWON KIM, IIDA, LEED A.P.

Certified Interior Designer

Interior Designer; MS, Interior & Environmental Design, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; Bachelor, Fine Arts, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea; Director of Interior Design, Gkkworks, Irvine, CA; Senior Interior Designer, Gensler, Newport Beach, CA; Projects include: Kaiser Garfield Specialty Center; Harbor UCLA Medical Center; Kaiser, Downey; Grace Children's Hospital; Performing Arts Center, Santa Clarita, CA; Pimco, Newport Beach, CA; Chase H&Q, Newport Beach, CA

CHRIS KITTRELL

Certified Interior Designer

Interior Designer; Allied Member, ASID; Principal, Kittrell & Associates; MBA, Loyola Marymount College; BA, Art Education, Marycrest College, Davenport, IA; AA, Interior Designers Institute

SAUNDRA MEYER-RIVEIRA, ALLIED ASID, ASSOCIATE IIDA

MIA, Interior Architecture, Interior Designers Institute; Recipient of Knoll Award-Valedictorian, IDI; Recipient of NEWH Scholarship; Recipient of Stone Mill Design Center Scholarship; NEWH; Rotary International Club Member; Projects include: Stone McGowan Properties, ASICS, Tommy V Restaurant, Toyota Dealership, Nekter Juice Bar Corporate Office, and Multi-million dollar Residential Projects, Saundra Meyer Designs, Owner

KRISTIN PIPAL-KEEHNE

Interior Designer; BA, Interior Designers Institute; Interior Designer, Kelly Sutherlin McCleod Architecture, Inc

MATHEW ROBINS, ICC

Architect; BS, Construction Management, Brigham Young University; Architect for commercial office, retail, hospitality, multifamily and residential construction

BRAD SMITH, IIDA

Certified Interior Designer

Interior Designer; BFA, Interior Design University of Houston; IIDA President 2001 (So. CA Chapter); Project Designer for Hoag Hospital Breast Center; Published in Interior Design Magazine; Kaiser Permanente and Antelope Valley Medical Offices, Lancaster, CA; Cover of Healthcare Design Magazine, May 2015

CHIRSTINE TABORA, ASID, NCIDQ

Interior Designer; AA, Interior Designers Institute; BA, Parsons School of Design, New York; Recipient of IIDA 2002 Scholarship; Principal, Tabora & Crane Designs, Inc.

MARK TEALE, CID

Certified Interior Designer

Architect; B. Arch., Southern California Institute of Architecture; Certified Energy Auditor, State of CA; Porcelanosa Showroom, Anaheim; Custom Residence, Poppy & Seaview, Corona Del Mar; Owner, Teale Architecture; K. Hovnanian Design Gallery

RICHARD THOMPSON

Interior Designer; BA, Interior Designers Institute; Allied Member ASID; IIDA Associate Member; Recipient of ASID Yale R. Burge National Scholarship Award