Associate Professor of Design Virginia San Fratello and her partner Ronald Rael's architectural drawings are included in a new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York titled “Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter.”

The exhibition explores the ways in which contemporary architecture and design have addressed notions of shelter in light of global refugee emergencies.
Four of Rael-San Fratello's prints from copper plates -- “Xylophone Wall,” “Horse Racing Wall,” “Cactus Wall,” and “Teeter-Totter Wall” -- are featured in the exhibition. They and two other drawings from their “Recuerdos” series will be part of the permanent collection at the MoMA.
Professor San Fratello's work will be on display through January 22, 2017. Read more about the exhibition here.

mexico y los estados unidos


Secret Life of Buildings

Lecturer Joris Komen has been selected as a winner in the The Secret Life of Buildings Competition. Organized by the University of Texas Center for American Architecture and Design, the conference will explore Speculative Realism and Object Oriented Ontology (OOO)—an emerging philosophy that imagines that buildings and the things in and around them not only promote human life, but also have lives of their own, separate from our experience of them. The symposium will also consider other similar theories that investigate whether or not (and how) inanimate structures affect their surroundings and the world at large.

San Fratello in her laboratory.

Professor Virginia San Fratello, along with her partner Ronald Rael, have been selected to receive the 2016 ACADIA Digital Practice Award of Excellence. 

Ron Rael and Virginia San Fratello’s excellence in integrating digital technologies into their emerging design practice includes innovations in multi-scalar digital fabrication, 3d printing, and material research. The pair also has a track record of teaching excellence that is rigorous and experimental.

To learn more about the award and ACADIA visit:

Julienne Barett

Julienne Barett has won the 2016 ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) $1000.00 Peninsula Scholarship.

first place winnersecond place winnerAdrianna HamzelueAll winners

SJSU Interior Design Students win at Northern California International Interior Honor Design Awards! On March 24th at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California, 5 SJSU Interior Design Students were honored for excellence in design by the IIDA. 

First Place - Adrianna Hamzelue

Second Place - Yvonne Chen

Honorable Mention - Jonathon Chow

Honorable Mention - Julieta Horvath

Honorable Mention - Susan Lee

Academy of urban arts

SJSU congratulates interior design student Jonathan Chow on being part of the winning team for the IIDA Northern California Student Design Charette. Students were given the opportunity to work in groups to propose a design for the Academy of Urban Arts, a community based school that encourages the arts for children, teens, and adults. They were given five and a half hours to design the elementary wing that provides a safe haven for children between the ages of 6 and 11 years old. The wing is intended to be an environment where children can express their emotions through art, literature, music, and technology.

Jonathan’s team came up with the concept of “unity and diversity because of the multicultural elements that each child brings and because San Francisco is such a diverse place". Their proposal uses vibrant colors on reconfigurable furniture elements placed against neutral toned walls and floors.

Star Light

The 2015 International Interior Design Association’s Educator of the Year Award recipient is Virginia San Fratello, IIDA, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator at San Jose State University.

Virginia has more than a decade of experience educating young designers and making them think outside of the box,” said Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP. “Through her years of professional experience, Virginia has been a part of some of the most innovative and interesting research projects in the world. She has actively shared her love of materials and inventing with her students – opening them to a new way of thinking and transcending traditional interior design thought. She is looking to the future and teaching her students to go out and change the world. At her core, Virginia is an educator and has a love of learning and teaching. She is the ideal recipient of the IIDA Educator of the Year Award. 

Senior Show at The Glass House

The Interior Design Students will be having their Senior Show at The Glass House on Wednesday, May 20 from 6 to 10 PM. Please join us for a celebration of their work!


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April 2015

Congratulations to our SJSU Interior Design students who won big at the 2015 International Interior Design Association Awards for Northern California.

1st Place - Sylvia Wong
2nd Place - Diana Rodriguez
Honorable Mention - Adrianna Hamzelue
Honorable Mention - Frances Sin

SJSU Design Lecture: Jenny Wu

5–6pm, Tuesday Feb 24, 2015
SJSU Art Building Room 133
Admission is free, space is limited.
For more info about Jenny Wu, visit


April 2014

Congratulations to SJSU's Interior Design Students who won 5 awards at the 2014 Northern California International Interior Design Association's Annual Honor Awards Ceremony.

The Winners are:

FIRST PLACE - Marissa Everling, San Jose State University
SECOND PLACE - Victoria Nazloo & Larisa Yadegari San Jose State University
THIRD PLACE - Katie Chan, San Jose State University
Honorable Mention/Merit Award - Yuen Man Szto, San Jose State University
Honorable Mention/Merit Award - Lara Martinez & Daniela Amelunge, Academy of Art University 
Honorable Mention/Merit Award- Liane Chan & Kohei Nonaka, San Jose State University

This year's jury included:

Antonio Caliz with Gensler
Edwin Walters with Weske Karr Design Group
Kaz Baba with NBBJ


February 2014

Professor Virginia San Fratello and her partner Ronald Rael, of Rael San Fratello, have been awarded the 2014 Emerging Voices award by The Architecture League of New York.

Each year the League selects eight emerging practitioners through a juried, invited portfolio competition. The Emerging Voices award spotlights individuals and firms based in the United States, Canada, or Mexico with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design, and urbanism. Being named an Emerging Voice by The Architectural League is one of the most coveted awards in North American architecture, and the program is notable for its thirty-year history of identifying and nurturing firms that go on to have influential practices.

Click here for more information.


November 2013

SJSU Interior Design Students Win First Place in the NEXT NEST Design Competition

Evangeline Diao and Jennifer del Rosario, Interior Design students at SJSU, are the First Place Winners in the Design Lab Santa Fe Next Nest Student Design Competition sponsored by SITE Santa Fe and the American Association of Interior Designers (ASID). The Student's design called "The Lettuce Wrap" is for a curtain that is based on the geometries and layers found in plants such as lettuce. Their design is 3D printed and engineered to mask the hot summer sun but permit the low summer sun to enter the interior of a building. The juror's for the award were Susan Szenacy from Metropolis Magazine, Matilda McQuaid, Deputy Curatorial Director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and Jason Pilarski, Professor at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Congratulations to Evangeline and Jenn! 

Jennifer del Rosario and Evangeline Diao
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA
1,000.00 Award by: Sandy Zane, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art

Please click here and here to download the PDFs.


IIDA Northern California Awards

SJSU Interior Design Students win awards at the 9th annual IIDA Northern California Awards Ceremony held at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA.


2013 EPA Awards 

SJSU Interior Design students win over $100,000 in research funds from the EPA. San José State University Interior Design students are applying 3D printer technology to make sustainable building materials. Using saw dust instead of plastic, the team is making inexpensive window coverings and screens that can be tailored easily to local climates.

Click here for more information. 

April 25–27

P3: People Prosperity and the Planet Design Expo

SJSU Interior Design Students to participate in the P3: People Prosperity and the Planet Design Expo to be held on the National Mall in Washington DC on April 25-27. The students are researching sustainable, inexpensive, recyclable building components for use on facades and as interior elements in windows using design methods appropriate for 3D printing technology.