Caroline Brede, Art and Design
Caroline Brede, a student in the Certificate Program in Interior Design and Interior Architecture, knows a thing or two about a project's creative aspects. With 10 years of experience working as an interior designer and managing projects at various architectural firms in Asia, she is conversant in documentation and drawings. However, she wants to formalize her training and gain in-depth theoretical knowledge, which she hopes will help her land a job in her native Norway or elsewhere in Europe. And because Berkeley is a highly recognizable and respected name—in the U.S. and overseas—Brede is confident that the education she gains at Extension will give her the edge she needs.
Despite having experience in the field, Brede finds that the courses augment and expand that working know-how. "The courses are teaching me to approach design differently, using new skills and knowledge—even in studio classes, which I didn't think would help me too much due to my previous experience," she says. "I was working on something where I was choosing gray granite because I like it, and the teacher told me that it would absorb the sun's heat and increase the temperature in the south-facing room. I wouldn't have thought about that before."
Brede is currently taking her core classes and before shifting her focus to the electives and an internship. But what she's learned so far is invaluable. "I feel a lot more confident about my work, both creatively and with the theoretical knowledge."