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FIU’s IIDA Chapter Members Visit Steelcase Headquarters in Grand Rapids, MI
On+January+24+and+25%2C+FIU+interior+architecture+students+spent+a+day+recently+touring+the+%3Cstrong%3E%3Ca+href%3D%22https%3A%2F%2Fwww.steelcase.com%2F%22+target%3D%22_blank%22%3ESteelcase%3C%2Fa%3E%3C%2Fstrong%3E+headquarters+and+research+based+facilities+in+Grand+Rapids%2C+Michigan+with+department+chair%2C+Janine+King.%0D%0A%0D%0A%3Cimg+class%3D%22size-medium+wp-image-74421+alignleft%22+src%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fcartanews.fiu.edu%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2Fimage001-300x225.jpg%22+alt%3D%22%22+width%3D%22300%22+height%3D%22225%22+%2F%3ESteelcase%2C+a+global+research+and+design+company%2C+extended+an+invitation+to+Florida+International+University+students+to+take+part+of+a+tour+specifically+designed+to+discover+the+importance+between+workplace+environments+and+design.+President+of+the%3Cstrong%3E+%3Ca+href%3D%22https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fiidafiucampuscenter%2F%22+target%3D%22_blank%22%3EIIDA+FIU+Campus+Chapter%3C%2Fa%3E%3C%2Fstrong%3E%2C+Edna+Desulme+along+with+six+other+members+were+chosen+to+embark+on+this+two-day+trip+to+the+Midwest.+On+arrival%2C+the+students+spent+a+couple+of+hours+discovering+the+city.+They+then+headed+to+the+%3Cstrong%3E%3Ca+href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fmeyermayhouse.steelcase.com%2F%22+target%3D%22_blank%22%3EMeyer+May+House%3C%2Fa%3E%3C%2Fstrong%3E%2C+for+dinner+and+a+tour+of+Frank+Lloyd+Wright%E2%80%99s+residential+home.+The+home+acquired+by+Steelcase+in+1985%2C+has+been+meticulously+restored+the+represent+Wright%27s+vision.%0D%0A%0D%0AThe+next+day%2C+the+students+took+part+of+an+excited+agenda+arranged+by+Steelcase+representatives%2C+Julia+Melhauser+and+Chris+Kiehn.+The+morning+began+with+breakfast+and+welcome+conversation+and+followed+by+a+tour+of+the+offices.+After+exploring+the+facilities%2C+lunchtime+rolled+around+where+the+student+participated+in+a+discussion+with+different+thought+leaders+and+members+from+Steelcase+research+team.%0D%0A%0D%0A%22We+shared+who+we+are+as+a+company%3B+the+role+we+can+play+as+the+research+leader+in+the+industry.+Steelcase+thought-leadership+joined+us+a+few+times+throughout+our+visit.+One+of+the+researchers+from+the+Workspace+Futures+group+spoke+to+the+group+about+how+our+primary+research+leads+to+each+solution+we+introduce+to+the+market.+We+learned+about+product+design+and+prototyping+from+two+of+our+leaders+in+product+engineering+and+saw+process+sketches+of+a+product+that+was+recently+introduced.+The+group+saw+product%C2%A0+%26amp%3B+technology+prototypes+that+show+where+we+may+go+in+the+future+as+well+as+virtual+reality+tours+through+our+innovation+%26amp%3B+design+spaces.+Our+goal+was+to+engage%2C+inspire+and+share.+We+had+a+great+time+together+and+welcome+FIU+to+join+us+again%2C%22+recalled+Julia%C2%A0Melhauser%2C+Workplace+Consultant+of+Steelcase.%0D%0A%0D%0AThis+field+trip+opportunity+offered+%3Ca+href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fcarta.fiu.edu%2Finteriors%2F%22+target%3D%22_blank%22%3E%3Cstrong%3EFIU+interior+architecture%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3C%2Fa%3E+students+to+discover+spaces+in+the+education%2C+healthcare+or+corporate+workplace+that+can+promote+productivity+and+support+social%2C+economic+and+environmental+sustainability.+By+exploring+and+engaging+in+the+company+culture+and+facilities%2C+the+students+absorbed+design+strategies+and+initiatives+to+apply+to+their+current+curricular%C2%A0projects+and+future+career+paths.%0D%0A%0D%0ATo+learn+more+information+in+Steelcase+please+visit%2C+their+%3Ca+href%3D%22https%3A%2F%2Fwww.steelcase.com%2F%22+target%3D%22_blank%22%3Ewebsite%3C%2Fa%3E.%0D%0A%0D%0A%3Cstrong%3EFollow+FIU+Interior+Architecture+on+%3Ca+href%3D%22https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Ffiuinteriors%2F%22+target%3D%22_blank%22%3EFacebook%3C%2Fa%3E%2C+%3Ca+href%3D%22https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2Ffiuinteriors%22+target%3D%22_blank%22%3ETwitter%3C%2Fa%3E+and+%3Ca+href%3D%22https%3A%2F%2Fwww.instagram.com%2Ffiuinteriors%2F%22+target%3D%22_blank%22%3EInstagram%3C%2Fa%3E.+%3C%2Fstrong%3E