Name: Lisa Bellwin                                    Email: lisabellwin@gmail.com

Major: Furnishings & Interiors               Occupation: Interior Design

Business and Job Title:  Bellwin Design – Interior Designer

What is your fondest memory of your time spent in the college?

I have several fond and fun memories… My favorite classes were drafting classes (yes, before CAD) – developing a design plan for a particular home or office and creating the space plan, budget, furniture and finish schedule, and then presenting to my fellow classmates.

Catching the bus to Dawson Hall with my portable drafting board, T-square, tool box and back pack…all the while hoping that I did not hit somebody in the head with all of my class necessities.

Grabbing a Snickers bar and carton of milk from the vending machines and then catching a quick cat nap on the wooden benches between classes.

How did FACS prepare you for your career?

FACS equipped me with the knowledge and tools necessary to work in the field of interior design.  The various classes – space planning, design history, textile science, business principles, and budgets – were all very helpful in getting me started in my career.  But the one thing that helped me the most in my career was design presentations – getting up in front of the class to present my design plan and idea…having to explain why I chose the particular plan, the specific furniture selections, color palate, and finishes.  The practice of speaking in front of others and articulating specific information was most helpful in my first interior design job – my first presentation was for executive offices and an executive board room for the Brown and Williamson Corporation.  I will never forget that as some of the company executives complimented me on my design board and presentation…I knew then that I had been well prepared by my classes and time at FACS.

Why do you give to FACS/UGA?

UGA and FACS provided me with a great foundation to begin my career.  I give back with my time and money to promote and enable the college to help students with the opportunities that I had while at UGA.

What is the best advice you can share with current FACS students?

Enjoy your time at school – develop and cultivate relationships with your peers – push yourself out of your comfort zone – ask questions, be inquisitive - look for opportunities to develop and/or enhance particular skills – love what you do!

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