About Us

Faculty and Staff

Pam Atilano

Classes: Design Studio I, Problem Solving and Design Communication, Professional Practices, Theory and Fundamentals of Design, Design Studio II, Contract Design Studio

Education: B.S. Interior Design from University of Illinois 1981

Design Experience:

Lighting Design Intern, Norman D. Kurtz Consulting Engineers, New York City, 6/81 – 6/82

Residential Designer/Drafter, Mark Daugherty Design, Columbus, IN, 3/83 – 9/83

Architectural Drafter, Frank Adams, Jr., AIA, Columbus, IN, 9/83 – 8/84

Lighting Designer, Gary Steffy Lighting, Ypsilanti, MI, 9/84 – 12/84

Facility Interior Designer, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 12/84 – 5/87

Interior Designer, International Business Interiors (later changed to Business Interiors) Des Plaines, Oak Brook and Schaumburg, IL, 9/87 – 2/91

Interior Designer, Rakow’s Business Interiors, East Dundee, IL, 3/91 – 12/91

Interior Design Consultant, Commercial Interiors, Inc., later changed to Dovefield Interiors, Inc.) 10/91 – present

Chris Chwedyk

Classes: Interior Construction and Detailing, Codes for Interior Design

Christopher E. Chwedyk, AIA, CSI is a licensed architect and chief code consultant of The Code Group at Burnham Nationwide in Chicago. He was previously the principal of Gage-Babcock and Associates; a firm specialized in fire protection engineering. With 32 years of experience in the architectural field, Mr. Chwedyk has concentrated on the technical requirements of building design. Over the past decade he has performed numerous code compliance plan reviews for the City of Chicago and other municipalities. Mr. Chwedyk’s professional affiliations include the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and is currently an office-holder in both organizations. He has a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition, Mr. Chwedyk has a Masters of Project Management (MPM) from the Keller Graduate School of Management. An adjunct faculty member since 1998, Chris teaches courses on building codes and construction drawings.

Lawrence Gulotta

Classes: Kitchen Design Studio, Bath Design Studio

Larry Gulotta is a Certified Kitchen Designer and NCIDQ Interior Designer. He has been involved in the Kitchen and Bath business for over 20 years. He is the regional education liaison for the Chicago area and is Advisor to the Student NKBA club.


Certified Kitchen Designer 1994 – number 022230

NCIDQ Interior Designer 1996 – number 014597


DePaul University, Chicago, IL - B.A., Summer 2009

Illinois Institute of Art, Schaumburg, IL

College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL, A.A.S, 2004

Chicago Technical College, Chicago, IL.

Association Membership:

National Kitchen and Bath Association – NKBA

American Society of Interior Designers – ASID -student member

International Interior Design Association – IIDA - student member

Micheal Lehman, LC, MIES, LEED AP ID+C

Classes: Lighting for Interior Design, Architectural Lighting Design, Sustainable Lighting

Michael Lehman has been a Lighting industry, Design and Education professional for over 20 years. He has worked on hundreds of design projects ranging from theatre and entertainment to architecture and health. He has worked as a designer and for lighting fixture manufacturers in different positions including Application Engineering, Marketing, Product Development and Training. He is Lighting Certified by the NCQLP, a LEED AP ID+C by the GBC/USGBC, and an active member of the illuminating Engineering Society of North America where he serves on several committees inclulding the Solid State Lighting Testing Procedures Committee. In addition, he is an AIA and USGBC Education Provider and Reviewer. He has earned several awards for product development, innovation and design. He has also been a contributor to many publications and earned a patent on an LED lighting fixture design.

He earned a BA in Theatre Design from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, and also has completed Graduate work at Purdue University and Northwestern University.

His continuing passion is to create and educate about the Lighting Experience, which is designing to benefit people, their health, their spaces and our planet alike.

Some projects completed:





Timothy Manning

Full-time Faculty in Architecture

Classes: Interior Construction and Detailing

Brenda Nessler

Classes: 3-Dimensional Design Studio, Design Studio I

More than 19 years experience accumulated from various forms of design industry; retail sales, residential design, contract design, and healthcare design. Demonstrated ability of both written and verbal communications with Architects, Contractors, Clients, Vendors, and other Project Leads. Provided strong leadership in all design projects from inception to completion. Implemented ability to interpret design problems, develop solutions creatively and thoughtfully. Energy, enthusiasm, and passion generated motivation with team players. Excellent inter-personal skills.

WRID: Wisconsin Registered Interior Designer, 1996-Present

NCIDQ: National Council for Interior Design Qualifications, 2004

Director: Wisconsin IIDA City Center, Eau Claire, WI, 1997-1998

Vice President Membership: IIDA Illinois Chapter; Chicago, IL., 2003- 2006

AIA Design for Aging: Post Occupancy Evaluation Team Member, 2006-Present


B.S. Art/Concentration; Interior Design: University Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI

Profesional Achievements:

Distinguished Educator of the Year: IADT-Schaumburg, IL, 2008

Co-Presentor: Life Service Network Conference: Chicago, IL, 2008 - Topic: Don’t Retire, Rewire.

Co-Presentor: AOPHA (Association of Ohioans for Philanthropic Homes for the Aging) - Topic: Don’t Retire, Rewire, 2007

Co-Presentor: Life Service Network Conference; Chicago, IL, 2003 - Topic: Does the Chair Fit

Co-Author: "Pull-up a Chair “. Published in Healthcare Facility Management, 2004

Susan Olson

LEED AP - Commercial Interiors

Classes: Design Studio I, Materials & Sources

Thirteen years of successful teaching experience, with a reputation for enthusiasm, organization, and compassion in the classroom.

A team player with strong communication and presentation skills

Extensive knowledge of design industry materials and sources


University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Bachelor of Science in Home Economics - Interior Design 1987.

ASID student member. Architectural study tour of England, Scotland and Wales.

Lorraine Domanowski

Classes: Interior Perspective and Rendering, Historic Styles Studio

Duffy O'Connor

Classes: Furniture History, Advanced Sketching, Portfolio