Teaching Experience





Lesley Sager

We spend about 90% of our lives inside, doing everything from eating to working to sleeping. Someone has to plan these interior spaces. At a minimum, they have to adhere to local building codes, attend to the functional needs of the user and specify finishes and materials. Designing interiors is an incredible responsibility. Part of that responsibility begins with a formal interior design education that provides the student with the ability to think creatively and to solve design problems that address the health and safety of the user. In addition, students need to learn how to present themselves professionally.

Interior Design is an extremely diverse and important field. Designers have the opportunity to improve how people of all ages and physical capabilities live. The graduate of an interior design program should be able to synthesize the knowledge they have obtained to creatively solve problems for this diverse group of users in a wide range of interior environments, both residential and commercial.

As a professional interior designer, I have had the opportunity to help my clients improve the way they live. Being an educator provides me with the unique opportunity to enhance many people’s lives through the student’s I touch. I strive to instill in my students the ability to think creatively and solve problems in a professional manner. My ultimate goal is to help my students develop an intellectual curiosity that allows them to continue learning throughout their design careers.

One of the most fascinating things about interior design is that no two clients are the same or have the same requirements and expectations. I learn something new every time I do a design for someone. The same can be said about students. No two students are the same and teaching is not just a one way street. It requires the ability to pass on information, to inspire and to be inspired.