Interior Design Faculty

NADA SARRAF-KNOWLES

PRINCIPAL INSTRUCTOR
Owner/Partner at Pod Studio LLC.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Interior Design), Iowa State University
Associate Degree (Architecture), Al Baath University

Professional Memberships
  • American Society of Interior Design (ASID)
  • International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
  • Network of Executive Women in Hospitality (NWEH)
  • Interior Design Educational Council (IDEC)
  • Walker Art Center
Projects
  • Creighton University Harper Center – Omaha, Nebraska
  • Energy Crossing – Houston, Texas
  • KSU School of Leadership and Studies – Manhattan, Kansas
  • Pfizer – Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis – Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Medtronic – Shoreview, Minnesota
  • ISU Administrative Services Facilities Office Building – Ames, Iowa

Colleen Nelson

ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR
Senior Design Manager at Marriott International
Bachelor of Science, University of Minnesota, College of Design
St. Thomas University, Opus College of Business: Executive Education

Certifications: Certified Interior Designer (CID),
Certified Professional Project Manager (CPPM)

Recognition: Golden Rose Award, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Americas for Team Achievement & Leadership, 2013

Professional Memberships
  • Network of Executive Women in Hospitality (NEWH)
  • Honoring Women Worldwide (HWW), Board Member
Experience
  • Founder & Principal, CN + Associates, LLC
  • Director Interior Design, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
  • Director of Interiors & Graphics Studio, The Durrant Group
  • Director of Marketing, The Durrant Group
  • Director of Interiors, The Leonard Parker Associates
Projects
  • San Diego Del Mar Marriott, CA

  • Radisson Calgary Airport East, Alberta, CA

  • Radisson Blu Resort Marina & Spa St. Martin, Anse Marcel

  • US Federal Courthouse Hilo, HI

  • US Embassy Ottawa, Ontario

  • SCSU James Miller Learning Center, St. Cloud, MN

  • Halleland, Lewis Nilan Johnson Law Firm, Minneapolis, MN

  • Busan Lotte World Tower, Busan, South Korea


JESSICA AINSWORTH-TRUONG

ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR
Accredited Professional, New Construction – LEED
Masters of Architecture – University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Art (Architecture) – University of Minnesota

Professional Memberships: DoCoMoMo US.MN, Secretary and Board Member

Work Experience
  • Co-Owner, Ngon Bistro
  • Assistant Professor, Interior Design, Art Institutes International Minnesota

Korrin Lohmann

ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR
Master of Fine Arts in Industrial Design-Furniture Design, Academy of Art University
Master of Fine Arts in Ecological Architecture, Vesper College
Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, The Art Institutes International MN

Professional Memberships: Textile Center, American Craft Council, Woodworker Guild

Projects
  • The Art Institutes International MN, Minneapolis, MN
  • PDI Design Group, Minneapolis, MN
  • Three River Park District – Eagle Lake Park, Maple Grove, MN
  • Event Center Plaza, Mankato, MN
  • Caponi Art Park, Eagan, MN
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN