Summer 2014

POWERFUL SOLUTIONS:
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. electrifies the FIT audience with a plea for green energy

“We’re living today in a scientific nightmare,” Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. pronounced in his keynote speech at FIT’s Eighth Annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference, “People, Planet, Prosperity: Measuring Our Impact,” held April 8 in the John E. Reeves Great Hall. The conference, which also featured Tom LaForge, the Coca-Cola Company’s global director of human…

OH, HAPPY DAY!
Wild enthusiasm and sage advice mark commencement 2014

“If you’re ready to conspire with the universe, make some noise!” exhorted David Hamilton, the president of the FIT Student Association, at the college’s 69th commencement exercises, on May 22. In response, the crowd of graduating students and their families let out an immense whoop. Hamilton, Advertising and Marketing Communications ’14, drew inspiration for his…

Quick Read

President Joyce F. Brown’s new blog, “On My Mind” (blog.fitnyc.edu/onmymind), offers her thoughts on higher education, her hopes for FIT, and her reflections on the news and issues of the day; it is also an opportunity to engage the FIT community in conversation. David Hamilton ’14, president of the FIT Student Association, and Brian Williams…

Stamp-ede!

To create the U.S. Postal Service’s commemorative stamps, a tradition dating back to 1893, stamp art directors hire artists whose work matches their vision. Three Illustration faculty members recently served as stamp artists: Rudy Gutierrez, adjunct instructor, designed a Jimi Hendrix stamp; William Low, assistant professor, created a poinsettia stamp for Christmas as well as…

A Whale of a Table

Every year, interior designers, architects, and others create imaginative dining environments to benefit Dining By Design, a fundraiser for DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. For the 2014 event, Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design majors Angel Chang, Gabriella Gambino, Jae Min Song, and Robyn Williamson, all class of 2014, created an award-winning student entry based…

Going Greener Faster

A $3.2 million grant to FIT from the Accelerated Conservation and Efficiency program of the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services has enabled three energy-efficient upgrades at the college: a new air-handling unit that can be turned down in the evenings, new hot-water heaters in the academic buildings, and an upgrade to a…

LOT-EK Wins FIT’s Israel Prize

The Interior Design Department awarded Ada Tolla and Guiseppe Lignano, founding partners of the architecture firm LOT-EK (pronounced low-tech), the 2014 Lawrence Israel Prize, given annually to an individual or firm whose ideas and work enrich students’ studies. The principals spoke at FIT on April 22 about their innovative, sustainable approach to construction and materials…

A Proliferation of Student Art

Anyone wandering the college’s lobbies, hallways, and gathering spaces in May saw an impressive diversity of artwork created by graduating students in FIT’s 17 Art and Design majors. See more images on our blog, Hue Too (blog.fitnyc.edu/huetoo).

Libeskind Speaks at Holocaust Commemoration

On April 24, world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind spoke at FIT’s 13th Annual Holocaust Commemoration event. Born in Poland, the son of Holocaust survivors, Libeskind established his architecture studio in Berlin in 1989 after winning the competition to build the Jewish Museum there. In 2003, after he was selected as the master planner for the World…