Corinn Harms MA Design Research for Disability BFA Interior Design [email_address]
Biography <ul><li>Corinn Harms is a September 2008 graduate of London Metropolitan University with an MA Design Research for Disability. Her background is founded on a BFA Design, magna cum laude, from SUNY Buffalo State College with a major in Interior Design. </li></ul><ul><li>She realized early on that she wanted to design for people with distinct individual needs and it soon became her personal passion to design universally applicable interiors and products supported by evidence based research and ergonomics to articulate person centered design. Harms takes great interest in designing for people and their relationship with their environment; from home, to work to play. </li></ul><ul><li>Corinn Harms is an active member of ASID (The American Society of Interior Designers) recently being awarded a Presidential Citation, Honorable Mention as the 2007 Student Representative of the Year for the United States and Canada, the first annual award for Student Commitment to the Profession, as well as recognition from the society for her legislative efforts for New York Interior Designers. </li></ul><ul><li>Over the next few years, Harms sees herself sitting for the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) exam and working in the field of architecture. She aspires to continue evidence based research whilst being an advocate for innovative universal design. </li></ul>
Dissertation <ul><li>The Geriatric Person with Dementia: How Environmental Stress & Interpersonal Communication Impacts upon Self Actualization </li></ul><ul><li>This case study examines the ergonomic, anthropometrical, psychological, psycho-social, behavioral, and environmental strategies to guide the process of communicating, understanding and interacting with the geriatric person with dementia through their immediate environment. This is a movement away from the assumption that selfhood is rooted fully in cognitive abilities. Dignity and personal choice must be embraced in the interior design as well as tools used by the individual with dementia to promote glimpses of self. The study moves to further explore how one might maximize personal need, and the environmental context. </li></ul><ul><li>The results of such investigations were realized in an innovative table design, effectively the user’s immediate interior environment, for the geriatric person with dementia in an art therapy context. The innovative design utilizes digital photo technologies, redundant cueing techniques, ergonomic considerations as well as social interaction strategies. This design was exhibited at London’s renowned Design Week in September 2008. </li></ul>
Undergraduate Research <ul><li>Geriatric Design & Music Therapy: Strengthening the Mind, Healing the Body, Unlocking the Creative Spirit </li></ul>The elderly are the most diversified population in terms of physiological, psychological & social capabilities. Nursing home design & music therapy must therefore run parallel with the various needs of each unique resident. Although music is generally an auditory experience, the study explores its visual & tactile variations.
Scope of Project Involvements <ul><li>Presentation Boards </li></ul><ul><li>Team Meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Material Specifications </li></ul><ul><li>Material Selections </li></ul><ul><li>Furniture Packages </li></ul><ul><li>Room Finish Schedules </li></ul><ul><li>CAD, Interior Detailing </li></ul><ul><li>Architectural and Interior Renderings </li></ul><ul><li>Site Visits / Survey Work </li></ul><ul><li>Materials Librarian </li></ul>“ Focusing on healthcare & educational facilities, I not only gained ‘real world’ experience through my internship, but further recognized the challenges presented to person centered design throughout construction & renovation processes.”