Crandon Gustafson, IIDA, ASID, AIA, LEED AP, Head of the School of Interior Design
The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce the appointment of Crandon Gustafson, IIDA, ASID, AIA, LEED AP to the position of Head of the School of Interior Design. Crandon is an educator, interior designer and architect. He was most recently Director of the Center for Professional Development at Harrington College of Design in Chicago, and served prior to that as the school's Department Chair for Interior Design. He has taught graduate and undergraduate interior design studios, history, theory and practice courses.
"Over the past few years we have examined the specific bodies of knowledge that constitute each of the design disciplines we teach," stated President Ted Landsmark. "What a practicing interior designer needs to know for professional success is epitomized by what Crandon Gustafson brings to the BAC as our new Head of Interior Design. His passion for the profession, educational experience and credentials, leadership within IIDA, outreach and engagement of professionals, and strong rapport with students will enhance our Interior Design program. He is an outstanding contributor to the interior design field, and his teaching and work will inform our other disciplines. We are very excited that he is joining our educational team."
As a practicing design professional, Crandon has specialized in design for education with commercial architectural and interior design firms including Gensler, Perkins+Will, OWP/P, and VOA Associates. He has worked in Chicago, Los Angeles and Denver, and directed the Managing Architect Team for Chicago Public Schools' Capital Improvement Program, the largest school construction and renovation program undertaken in the United States.
Crandon is the immediate past President of the Illinois Chapter of the International Interior Design Association, and has served on the boards of the Denver Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the Colorado Society of Architects, and Child's Play Touring Theatre.
Crandon is NCIDQ-certified, a LEED Accredited Professional, and holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Colorado-Denver and a Bachelor of Science in Community Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Upon arrival in Boston, Crandon commented, "I've long thought of Boston as a global design center with a compact, closely inter-related professional design community. I am very enthusiastic about bringing my experience as a large-firm commercial interior designer to New England, and exploring innovative design approaches in a multi-disciplinary community. I look forward to teaching the creation and renewal of human environments at the BAC, where practice-based, transformational design education has been on-going for many years."