In the first of our series on people in our industry, we’re introducing you to Virginia Tech’s Greg Tew, who chairs the interior design program there.
In his own words, Greg describes how he’s working to make an impact on the next generation of designers, dreamers, and employees.
I often think I have the best job in the interior design industry. At Virginia Tech we are privileged to teach outstanding students.
Our incoming students had an average GPA of 4.05 in high school. We have learned outstanding high school grades equal outstanding work ethic. This lets us work with students as colleagues, and we are able to focus more on learning than teaching, with an emphasis on collaboration.
Our students’ work ethic and intelligence leads to great design. In the past six years, our students have been recognized for design excellence in state, national, and international design competitions 37 times. We haven’t entered 37 competitions, so more often than not we have multiple winners when our students submit work to competitions.
Despite our success, we still have challenges. Funding for higher education is under constant pressure. Luckily, our program has many friends in the industry and loyal alumni. We have an industry board that works with us to provide the financial support we need to maintain our high level of program quality.
So, yes, with amazing students, outstanding faculty, world class facilities, and generous supporters, life as the Interior Design program chair at Virginia Tech is pretty good.