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LIT Design Students Redesign St Camillus Hospital Canteen

staff-student image.jpgStudents and staff from the Interior Design & Technology degree within the Department of the Built Environment, at LIT have presented design proposals to the staff of St Camillus’ Hospital Limerick, for their project on the potential redesign of the existing dining room at the hospital.

The presentation was the culmination of a project that saw LIT students meet with the St Camillus’ Hospital catering team to develop a brief, survey the existing building at the hospital campus on the Shelbourne Road and produce digitally created scheme designs. The Interior Design & Technology degree at LIT has been running for the past two years and offers modules on the elements and principles of design along with a strong emphasis on digital imaging and three dimensional computer modelling. These creative elements are complimented by technical modules in Planning / Building Regulation, Quantification, Interior Technology and specification. The course module are designed to develop a graduate with both the creative and technical skills of an interior designer.

Pictured left to right are: Kevin O’Riordan (LIT Lecturer); Viktor Spaho (student); Ciara Holmes St Camillus’ Hospital Catering; Students - Natalie Carmody, Janusz Giec, Gary Morgan, Gerard Flynn, Jarlath Bracken; Pat Gill Head of the Department of the Built Environment; Sheila Mulcair Residential Unit Manager, Limerick; and Niall McPartlin, LIT 

Speaking about the project, Niall McPartlin, lecturer in the Built Environment at LIT said, “Students on the Interior Design & Technology course at LIT are very fortunate in that they are afforded the opportunity to work on real projects, this year’s group were particularly lucky as the project with St Camillus’ hospital was particularly challenging. The students met with staff from St Camillus’ Hospital who provided the brief and assumed the role of client. The project built on the long standing engagement between LIT and local employers and community interests.”

The students presented the team at St Camillus’ with a variety of proposals which included the introduction of various curved architectural forms, coordinated furnishings and warm colour schemes which help to create a more inviting environment as a social space outside of meal times.

Ms Sheila Mulcair, Residential Unit Manager, St Camillus Hospital said, “I would like to compliment the students at LIT on the detail and variety of their proposals and I intend to keep them informed of any possible future developments with the project. It was a rewarding experience for both the hospital and hopefully all the LIT students and staff involved.”

Ms Maria Kyne, Head of School of Applied Science, Engineering and IT at LIT said, “LIT is pleased to be part of this exciting project and it is an excellent example of our engagement with our local community. We would like to thank the staff of St. Camillus’ Hospital for providing this opportunity for our students.”

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