Welcome one and all to the 2019-2020 academic year!

New students, we are delighted that you have made the decision to call the New York School of Interior Design your home this academic year. Your NYSID experience has officially begun and we are happy to welcome you into this vibrant community. I’d also like to welcome back our returning students, faculty, and staff. We are very excited for your return and for the start of the fall semester, and we look forward to a successful and productive year.

Let’s also take a moment to welcome our new faculty. I am encouraged by the energy and commitment each of you are bringing to your new academic home, and look forward to working with you all.

Friends, we’ve planned for an exciting year at NYSID. Kicking off the semester’s event schedule is our current exhibition, Process and Pattern: Selections from the Kravet Archive, a show featuring over 80 pieces of textile-design history from the company’s impressive archive. Later in the Fall, we’ll kick off our public programming season, which begins with a lecture called, New Tools: Revolutionizing the Process of Design with Manuela Seve and Renata Thomé from Alpha’a, an online, community-oriented platform offering tailor-made art collections for businesses across all industries including hospitality, tech, interior design and more. Joining them will be Pitter Schattan of Ornare, a Brazilian company specializing in solutions of the whole house. We have an impressive lineup of programs this Fall, and we hope to see many of you there. Remember that NYSID students, faculty, and staff are admitted free, and NYSID alumni receive a discount on every ticket.

As we begin this new academic year, I would like to highlight a few of the initiatives that help our students achieve success during their time at NYSID. Starting this fall, the College will offer a new course called: The Psychology of Well-Being, designed and taught by Penni Morganstein, Psy.D., NYSID’s Director of Counseling Services. In this course, students will learn research-supported coping strategies that will lead to self-awareness, increased happiness, and a renewed sense of purpose. Dr. Morganstein will also introduce the ‘theory of flow,’ an idea that anxiety does not paralyze you, but motivates you enough to get you to a place where you’re optimally productive.

If you're still undecided about where you’re headed or want to make sure you’re taking the best road towards your future goal, our Career and Internship Services Office can connect you with the right opportunity. I encourage you to take advantage of the amazing benefits this office offers, not the least of which is the NYSID Jobs Board which is full of interior design specific opportunities to grow your career. In addition to being able to assist you with job or internship placement, our career services office also includes resume building, interview skills, portfolio presentation, and a host of other professional practice skills.

In closing, I’d like to encourage each of you to look for connections and experiences outside the classroom, in your role as a student, faculty member, staff member, or friend of the college, you have partnered with the leading interior design program in the country. New York, and NYSID, offer endless opportunities: Join a student group or attend the many campus programs that are happening here at NYSID, visit our friends and partners at the design centers, make connections in the industry, and take in all that New York—the design capital of the world—has to offer. Our students are the driving force of the College’s success, and we want you to bring your unique experiences, opinions, and ideas to the events that enrich our shared NYSID experience.

I hope you join me in my excitement for all that the 2019-2020 academic year will bring. Welcome back, and I look forward to seeing you on campus!


David Sprouls

Phyllis Greer