Monday, April 30, 2012

Buie Harwood ’65 wins interior design education award

An alumna recently won a national award honoring her career teaching interior design.

Buie Harwood ’65 received the Arnold Friedmann Educator of Distinction Award from the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC). The award recognized her commitment to interior design education and her accomplishments as a professor, author, and consultant.

The organization also honored Harwood with a Merit Award for her service as chair of the committee that organized IDEC’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Harwood is a professor emeritus of Virginia Commonwealth University, where she taught interior design to hundreds of students and chaired the interior design department, supervising programs in Richmond and Qatar. She is a co-author of several textbooks about interior design, including Architecture and Interior Design: An Integrated History to the Present, which was published this year. Two years ago, she and her co-authors were inducted into the Historic Preservation Honor Society, recognizing their contributions to design history.

Harwood is the daughter and granddaughter of two other Randolph Macon Woman’s College alumnae, Zenobia Frith Harwood ’43 and Mary Frith Turner ’19.