Interior Design Faculty

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Rebecca Andrews

Chair and Associate Professor

B.I.D., Auburn University
M.A., Savannah College of Design

Credentials/past experience:
Ms. Andrews studied at the prestigious Vicenza Institute of Architecture in Vicenza, Italy–an experience that influences her teaching. Her work in exhibit design has taken her to Europe to collaborate with entertainment entities such as Paramount Pictures, Yanni and ESPN. She also worked for Earl Swensson Associates, one of Nashville’s largest architecture firms.

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Kelly Gore

Chair and Associate Professor

B.S., University of Tennessee
M.A., Savannah College of Design

Credentials/past experience:
Ms. Gore had the invaluable experience of working as an interior designer at two of Nashville’s leading architecture firms, Earl Swensson Associates and Fowlkes and Associates Architects. She currently works as an independent designer. At the 2001 IIDA Design Competition, she won the “Best of Commercial Design” award. She specializes in the area of color theory and also has an extensive private practice primarily in office design.

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Brian Bartley

Instructor

B.A., Trevecca Nazarene University

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Susan Besser

Instructor

B.I.D., O’More College of Design
M.A., MTSU O’More Associate Degree 1983

Credentials/past experience:
Ms. Besser is a Tennessee Registered Interior Designer and passionate preservationist. She has been involved in preservation in Franklin for many years and was involved in the preservation of the Dan German Hospital and documentation of the rehabilitation of Clouston Hall. During her six-year tenure in Dallas she served on the Landmark Designation Committee of the Dallas Historic Commission and is a co-author ofDallas Landmarks, a Postcard History Series publication from Arcadia. Ms. Besser focuses her practice on residential and commercial design of historic and contemporary spaces. When working with historic properties, she is sensitive to the structure and detail of these properties recognizing the importance of creating livable, comfortable environments which enhance the historic character. She currently serves on the Franklin Historic Zoning Commission.

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Emily Brewer

Instructor

B. A., O’More College of Design

First Year at O’More:
2007

Credentials/Past Experience:
Ms. Brewer owns an interior design business that focuses primarily on residential and small commercial projects. She has extensive experience in kitchen and bath design. She also owns a design/build firm with her husband, who is a licensed general contractor. Ms. Brewer particularly enjoys getting to know her clients and making their vision come true. She loves that each project is different and never ceases to find the creative process a fulfilling one.

Interests:
“I love to read, finding that it gives my imagination free reign to create visuals in my mind. I also love to sew, as it is another creative outlet. But I find time spent with my family and close friends to be my best inspiration and source of relaxation.”

Courses:

  • ARCH 1000 Basic Drafting
  • ID 2811 Materials and Textiles
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Don Burke

Assistant Professor

M.Arch., Savannah College of Art and Design

Credentials/Past Experience:
Mr. Burke is principal and president of Burke Coffey Architecture and Design. He has produced and coordinated engineering drawings for various projects, including historic renovation and adaptive-reuse, public schools, and single and multi-family residential projects, as well as a number of small commercial projects.

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Ginny Caldwell

Instructor

B.A, English, Auburn University
B.A.,Interior Design , O’More College of Design

First Year at O’More:
2010

Credentials/Past Experience:
Ms. Caldwell has been the Director of Interior Design for Southeast Venture since 2000. Her design projects have included corporate, healthcare, multi-family, banks, retail and restaurant. As the Director of Interior Design for IDS, Ms. Caldwell managed a staff of 25 and designed both corporate and banking projects. She has served in many capacities on the board of the Tennessee Chapter of the International Interior Design Association, including state president.

Significant Accomplishments:
2004 IIDA Tennessee Silver Award in both the Hospitality and Healthcare categories
Project work has been published in Healthcare Design magazine and Jain Malkin’s “A Visual Reference for Evidence Based Design.”

Courses:

  • ID 2862 Studio 2
  • BUS 4252 Business for Interior Design
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Laura Cavaliere

Instructor

B.A., Emerson College
M. Arch., Parsons the New School for Design

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Kevin Coffey

Instructor

B.Arch., University of Kansas

Credentials/Past Experience:
Mr. Coffey is principal and secretary of Burke Coffey Architecture and Design. While the majority of his experience is in the residential field, Mr. Coffey has also worked on tenant build outs, schools, multi-family housing, daycare facilities, historic renovations, residential development planning, space planning and retail stores.

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Peter Fleming

Assistant Professor

B.I.D., Auburn University

First year at O’More
2006

Credentials/past experience:

Peter currently holds the position of Studio Head at McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors in Nashville, Tennessee and has 17 years of experience in the architecture and design community. Before moving to Nashville, Peter lived and worked in New York City and Boston.  He has worked in the office of Robert A. M. Stern, among others, concentrating on highly detailed, interior environments. Projects have been published in periodicals including Architectural Digest, Veranda, Southern Accents, The Robb Report, Elle Décor and House and Garden. Peter received a Bachelor of Interior Design from the Auburn University School of Architecture, and has continued his academic education through the Institute for Classical Architecture in New York, Bard Graduate Center of the Decorative Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  His practical education has come from having business relationships with Christie’s, Sotheby’s and a wide array of specialized craftspeople. Peter’s previous teaching experience includes the Boston Architectural Center, where he taught two semesters of advanced level residential interior design.

Interests:
“The focus of my career has been residential interior design, in the form of custom projects ranging from 4,000 sq. feet to 30,000 sq. feet in scope, in a variety of locations across the United States.  Product design has also been part of my experience with furniture, lighting, door hardware and bath fixture collections–all currently being produced or in prototype development.  I am enthusiastic about design instruction, as I believe the teachers that guided me are greatly responsible for where I find myself today.”

Courses:

  • ID 4868 Research and Documentation
  • ID 3000 Decorative Arts
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David Koellein

Associate Professor

B.A., Lipscomb University
M.U.P., Harvard University

First year at O’More:
2007

Credentials/past experience:
Trained in urban design, David has been involved with urban design and development projects in the public, private, non-profit, and now academic sectors since earning his Master in Urban Planning Degree from Harvard University. He enjoys writing about design and is passionate about the architectural relationships among elements in the built environment. For nearly five years, David managed Nashville’s Redevelopment Districts with M.D.H.A, concentrating on public design review processes. For three years, he worked for Giarratana Development on a variety of infill and downtown redevelopment projects. David has served on the Board of Directors for The District, Inc., and is currently on the Board at the Nashville Civic Design Center. He also serves on the Downtown Nashville Codes Design Review Committee.

Interests:
“I have enjoyed a varied career and met the most interesting collection of people in the Nashville design community. I think being versatile and flexible have opened a lot of doors. I have traveled all over the United States and to many corners of the globe, especially large cities, and I find fascinating and inspiring architecture in every culture and place.”

Courses:

  • ID 3344 Studio on the Square
  • ID 3827 Urban Design
  • ID 4270 Interior Design Internship
  • ID 4868 Research and Documentation
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Tyler LeMarinel

Instructor

B.S., Western Kentucky University
M. Arch., University of Colorado at Denver

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Thom Meek

Instructor

B.Arch., University of Tennessee

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Kim Zimmer

Assistant Professor

B.S., Missouri State University
B.F.A., O’More College of Design

Credentials/past experience:
Ms. Zimmer is the owner of the design firm Kim Zimmer Interior Design, specializing in high-end residential interiors, small commercial projects, and business consulting for artists and designers. Prior to starting her own firm, she was an interior designer for Alcott Interiors. She was also the vice president of marketing and account services for the Haggin Group in San Francisco, an advertising agency whose client list included global marketers like Sony, Amazon, Starbucks and Hallmark.