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Laura Blumenfeld

Executive Director, Interior Architecture & Design

Laura Blumenfeld is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and Academy of Art College Co-Op program. She brings over 20 years of experience in the field of interior design specializing in both commercial and residential projects. Her work has been published in The San Francisco Chronicle, Town and Country, San Francisco magazine, Interior Design and Metropolitan Home. In 2004, one of Laura's residential projects received a Distinguished Building Award from The American Institute of Architects.

Marc DiGiacomo

Online Coordinator

Marc DiGiacomo, Architect, LEED AP is licensed in the State of California, and received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame in 1995. He has served as Project Manager and Senior Designer on interior design and architectural projects ranging from mid-rise multifamily buildings, restaurants, executive office spaces, healthcare projects, and private residences. Marc began teaching with the Academy as an adjunct instructor in 2001.

Archana Myer

Director

Archana Myer has a unique background which combines hospitality design, project management, and marketing. Most recently she was at the world's largest Hospitality Firm, Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) as a Senior Designer/Project Manager. While at HBA she worked on several large-scale international hospitality projects including properties for Ritz Carlton, Hilton Hotels, and InterContinental Hotel Group.

In addition to her design and project management responsibilities, she co-managed the San Francisco office of HBA and played a key role in creating a new marketing and client development strategy which has proven to be quite successful.

Prior to HBA, Ms. Myer worked as a Marketing Coordinator at Fluor Corporation, a Fortune 500 engineering and Construction Company. The skills gained while at Fluor proved to be extremely useful in the design industry throughout the course of her career.

Holding degrees from UC Santa Barbara and Academy of Art University, Ms. Myer has a unique educational background that has led to her diversity as a design professional. Her combination of design skills and management experience makes teaching the natural next step for her.

Sharon Robertson

Full-Time Faculty

Sharon Robertson was trained as an Interior Designer receiving her MA from the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design. In 1980 she specialized in kitchen and bathroom design, opening wholesale designer showrooms in San Francisco, Los Altos, Seattle and Oakland, that imported European cabinets, bathroom fixtures, and tile, as well as distributed many of the leading American manufacturers. Ms. Robertson designed many residential projects for both new construction and remodeling. She was the kitchen and bathroom designer for several large multi-housing projects including 1150 Lombard and 1150 Sacramento in San Francisco.

Agustin Sanders

Full-Time Faculty

Agustin grew up in a very artistic family. His mother was an interior designer and first introduced him to fabrics, furniture and design. He started his career in Mexico City working as a set designer for one of Mexico's most influential fashion photographers at the age of 19. After living in Mexico for almost the first 20 years of his life, he decided to relocate to San Francisco, California. In 2009 Agustin had the opportunity to design the Urban Knights Art Cafe for the Academy of Art University. The main design for this space was based on a modern version of an art studio, utilizing the Academy colors and incorporating different material and textures all through out the space to create a very contemporary environment but comfortable and eye catching for students. Agustin received his BFA degree from the Academy of Art, School of Interior Architecture and Design.

Stephanie Smith

Full-Time Faculty

Stephanie comes to us with over twelve years experience in commercial interior design. She holds a BA in interior Design and is a graduate of the School of Interior Architecture and Design MFA program at Academy of Art University. Stephanie has been coordinating special projects for IAD since 2008. Stephanie teaches undergraduate and graduate courses both online and on campus.