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Derek

We did a project last year for the Gladstone Hotel. The hotel president gathers artists and creatives and allows them to design each room. It’s all on display for a week or two and you can stay there or rent the space. For our project, it was more conceptual … we wanted to do a movie theatre style. We presented it to them and they liked my entrance. It was a tunnel with glass and wood.

— Derek

I’m a student at Ryerson studying interior design. I’m working here at the Design Exchange as a part-time job to support my needs. I’m currently trying to find an internship in the field, but I also need the hours to graduate.

What is the happiest moment you can remember?

This year, I guess. It’s my last year in school. Onto the next chapter, you know?

If you could see into the future or past, what would you chose and why?

That’s a tough one. The future. I don’t mind seeing it, but I also don’t really want to see it. I would prefer the surprise. In the past, I know what happened. But I would visit high school, my senior year. It was the best year, just chillin’ and not worrying about responsibilities yet.

Is there a place in Toronto that you feel connected to?

Ryerson. It’s been three years of projects and all nighters during finals. I spent most of my time in the interior design building.

We did a project last year for the Gladstone Hotel. The hotel president gathers artists and creatives and allows them to design each room. It’s all on display for a week or two and you can stay there or rent the space. It changes all the time. For our project, it was more conceptual, but the profs often bring in hotel managers to class and they tell you what you can and can’t do; what works for your project and what doesn’t work. We wanted to do a movie theatre style. We presented it to them and they liked my entrance. It was a tunnel with glass and wood.

Is there something you’re looking forward to? Dreaming about?

I just want to graduate for now. Go along with life. I would find a firm first and learn more. It’s important to get an understanding of how a business works. Keep track of money, clients etc.

Any interesting interactions you’ve had with people while working at the Design Exchange?

There’s an exhibition at Queen and Bay for 3D printing. I had a lot of conversations, and many of the visitors came from architecture and all sorts of design fields. They all wanted to know how 3D printing will affect the world, the limitations and how they can apply it to their work.

One man came from AutoDesk. He gave us his business card and said he would personally come to Ryerson to teach. For my first year, we barely had any lessons for computer programs. That was a handicap in my field.

Portrait photos: Ryerson University logo and RU interior design building