In past episodes we have had a great pleasure of inviting students from Santa Barbara City College Interior Design Program. We welcome SBCC Professor Diana Costea and her students Aubree Mendez and Riley Hammond.
I’m originally from Orange County, California and have been living in Santa Barbara for the past six years. I initially moved here seeking a career in Sports Medicine, but decided that wasn’t the route for me. Drawn to the design industry I enrolled into the interior design program at Santa Barbara City College and started an internship with Christina Rottman Designs. Here, I gained perspective on design was encouraged to be creative and express myself through design, while developing resourcefulness, patience and most of all persistence. Interior design has been such a positive experience in my life, I am still currently enrolled in the design program and pursuing a career as a certified Interior Designer.
I like creating a timeless space with a mixture of natural lighting, rich colors, nature inspired materials and organic elements with a sense of sophistication.
My name is Riley Hammond, and I’ve been a local here in SB for 21 years. I’ve been attending SBCC for the past 4 years with my focus in Architecture and Interior Design. In the next year I hope to transfer to an undergrad architecture program where I can continue my passion for overall design. Design shouldn’t end with the building which is why having knowledge of both architecture and interior design has been important for me. This method also helps to achieve a complete vision. Over time I’ve realized that design can be much more than aesthetics, and what becomes most important is the balance between beauty, functionality, and comfort.
Santa Barbara City College Program Description
Interior design focuses on the creation of interior environments that are both functional and pleasing. The field offers a variety of employment opportunities with interior design and architectural firms, kitchen and bath design studios, as well as with interior materials and furniture stores. A combination of education, work experience and passing the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam is required for interior design professionals.
The Santa Barbara City College Interior Design Program, offered within the Drafting CAD Department, provides comprehensive training for entry-level interior design positions. It is a vocational program, not a transfer program. Certificated, professionally experienced instructors teach all courses.
Santa Barbara Design Center
410 Olive St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Open: Mon-Sat 9:30-5:30