"Ioana was my professor during my Bachelor's degree in Interior Design at Algonquin College. She was a very passionate and engaged educator who showed deep care for her students' success. Ioana was more than willing to sit with me outside of office hours to help guide my academic career. She provided valuable insights that continue to facilitate my research, my learning, and my overall success as a student. I would recommend Ioana as a mentor and an educator, as her passion for teaching makes her a great resource to have on your side!"
In my academic career, I have taught courses in perspective, technical drawing, composition and design. They often complemented my courses in art and architectural history and research methods. These are some examples of student work.
1st year - Conceptual Model
Build a structure from paper strips and draw it in perspective.
1st year - Albrecht Durer's Alphabet
Each student was assigned one letter to make orthographic drawings and a model of.
1st year - Stage Model
Design and build a model for the one-act play "The Work Play" by Gordon Pengilly.
Setting instructions: "A large space in the upper story of a seemingly abandoned warehouse".
Students proposed a wide variety of concepts, ranging from metaphorical to absurd to practical.
1st year - Drawing of Parts
One of M.C. Escher's drawings was divided into 42 equal pieces - students received one piece each without any knowledge of the source. They had to scale up the 3" x 4" piece while faithfully reproducing the lines and shades in pencil. The resulting ensemble was approximately 6' x 6'.
2nd year - Rendering Exercise
Each student chose a different rendering technique to give shades and shadows to a provided perspective drawing.
2nd year - Sketching
Weekly sketching exercises of buildings, interiors, compositions.
2nd year - Tile Design
Watercolour exercise to transform a natural form into an abstract design in 5 steps.
2nd year - One-day Charette
Design a small travel agency. Prepare scaled floor and ceiling plans and interior perspective.
2nd year - Residential Studio
Refurbish a postwar house into a refugee centre: scaled plans, model, interior sketches, samples selection.
3rd year - Sample Boards for Law Offices
Select materials, furniture, lighting fixtures and prepare presentation boards for prospective clients.
3rd year - Cubicle design
Scaled axonometric views / perspectives and model of an office cubicle.
3rd year - Office Furniture Study
Build a half-size model of an office reception desk.
3rd year - Three-day Charette for IDEC Student Competition
4th year - Paedriatic Hospital Rehabilitation
4th year - Final Project (student supervisor)
Annual Student Forum for Applied Research : Presentation Posters