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The Yorkville University faculty has a strong reputation for instructors who are dedicated professionals and design experts practicing inter fields.


Dr. Maha Salman, PhD, M.Sc., B.Sc., LEED AP (BD+C), Program Chair

Maha Salman is a LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C) holding a PhD in Sustainable Architecture from the University of Huddersfield, UK where she got “The Vice Chancellor’s Award for an Outstanding Research Degree Thesis”.  Maha has numerous years of industry and academic experience in different countries; Maha has been with Yorkville University since September 2009, having developed and taught a broad range of on campus and online courses in the program and also undertook the role of Acting Program Coordinator from September 2010 to April 2012 and CIDA/Archival Coordinator from May 2013 to July 2014; Salman is the author of several publications, including books, and has won a number of awards for her research work such as Best Paper Award at the 4th International Conference on ICT for Sustainability (ICT4S) that was held in Amsterdam in 2016. In January 2017, her book “Contemporary Trends in Sustainable Architecture” published in Jordan. Lately, she wrote a chapter titled “Sustainability and Vernacular Architecture: Rethinking What Identity is” in a book published by IntechOpen in UK in 2018.


Adam Roland, MA (ID), NCIDQ, ICEC, RID,  Associate Chair

Adam Roland holds a Master of Arts in Interior Design. His experience includes national certification through NCIDQ as well as registration to practice commercial interior design in the state of Florida. He has worked in the design industry for over 15 years with domestic and international clients centering on office, medical, retail, and hospitality projects. His education experience parallels his professional expertise with over 15 years of higher education instruction and curriculum development both on ground and online.


Ban Abdulridha

Ban Abdulridha holds a master degree from University of Baghdad with focus on health buildings.  Ban gained extensive working practices in consulting engineering companies in the Middle East. Ban holds a certificate on Canadian architectural practice from University of Waterloo and a certificate on construction estimation from George Brown College. Ban had been a faculty member of architectural engineering department at Al Nahreen University in Baghdad /Iraq where she delivered lectures on healthcare building design and technology and shared faculty staff in teaching 3rd and 5th year students at design studios. Additionally, Ban worked with (WHO) World Health Organization as a consulting engineer managing the design, planning of healthcare projects, and training the staff-engineering department in the ministry of health in Iraq.


Nina Arboscello

Nina Arboscello graduated from Syracuse University in 1993, with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design Interiors and a Minor in Architecture. In 2011, she received a Master of Art in Interior Design and a graduate certificate in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design. Nina holds the designations of NCIDQ Certification, as well as being a LEED Accredited Professional. Nina has been practicing interior design for over 25 years, working in numerous Architectural Firms in both the North and South Eastern United States. Her project experience has covered every aspect and type of interior design, with her focus being commercial- corporate and healthcare. Nina believes in giving back to the profession through the design organization, IIDA. She has been actively involved as city center director, student liaison and is a former chapter president. Nina began teaching in 2006 and has taught both on-ground and online. Her focus has been on teaching students commercial design, human factors and materials/ specifications. She strives to bring her real-world experiences into her classroom and helps her students bridge the gap to professionalism. Nina finds great joy in mentoring her students and encouraging them to succeed in this field.


Amy Bagshaw

Amy Bagshaw earned her BFA from Queen’s University (2002), MFA and Graduate Gender Studies Certificate from Stony Brook, NY with a focus on installation and intermedia University (2006), and a B.Ed, Visual Arts focus, from The University of Toronto (2008). As a practicing Visual Artist, Bagshaw has exhibited her artwork throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe with solo exhibitions in Soho, NY and most recently at Georgian College’s Campus Gallery in Barrie, ON (2019).  She has received an Ontario Arts Council grant, completed a Residency at The Banff Centre, and her work is featured on the cover of Feminist Time Against Nation Time (Dietrich and Hesford, 2008) as well as Brava Kilo’s album Hang On, You Demons (2018).  In her spare time, Bagshaw is the Chair of the Programming Committee and Board member of the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, and gives fibre arts workshops throughout Ontario.  As an award-winning educator, Bagshaw has taught at Ryerson University, Georgian College, Centennial College, Stony Brook University, and Thompson Rivers University. Currently, she is a Professor and Program Coordinator in the Department of Interior Design at Yorkville University.


Nancy Bohnett

With over 35 years of professional interior design experience, Nancy Bohnett brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to all business, organizations, students and professionals within the design industry. Her early years of design stemmed from fast food restaurants to gaming and hospitality projects in and around the United States. Some of her projects and clients included; Caesar’s Palace, MGM Grand Hotel, Harvey’s and some Native American Casinos. As the art director of her own consulting company, KB Designs Inc., she was responsible for all aspects of the projects; conceptual thru installation and post occupancy evaluations; all requiring realistic budgets and procurement. She has worked on hotel and residential properties across the United States providing assistance with renovation, development and coordination of Siegfried and Roy’s personal properties and worked as a member of Disney’s Imagineering Department at Euro Disney in France. Ms. Bohnett also found success in business development, marketing and sales with International Woodwork Corporation, later to be a regional designer for Best Western International assisting 240 members in eight states for their maintenance of annual design standards and property compliance. Bohnett served as Assistant Editor of NEWH Publication and as Vice President of Continuing Education for the organization. She holds her NCIDQ license and is licensed by the Nevada State Board of Architecture and Design. She has a master’s degree in Interior Design from Savannah College of Art & Design, holds a bachelor’s degree in interior design from the University of Arizona, and holds an associate’s degree in art history from Briarcliff College. Education: MIA, IIDA, IDEC, NEWH, NSBAIDRD.


Thomas Cheng

Thomas Cheng is a Registered Architect with the Ontario Association of Architects and a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. In 2018, Thomas established Atelier Thomas C. Architect Inc. He believes design is a series of complex layers that interrelated to each component to form. The abstraction of light and forms, the narrative of spatial relationships, and the honesty of materials creates a memory. Thomas has architectural experience ranging from commercial, residential, institutional, hospitality, industrial design, and Interior Design projects. His latest involvements include different types of Retail design from Lounges to Watch Store, High-Rise Residential and Commercial Towers, Hotel Development, Public Transportation, Courthouse Design, Office Design, and Laboratory Design. He also has an extensive experience in Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documentation, and Interdisciplinary Coordination. Throughout his years of architectural experience, he brings a rich experience in in-charge of the project from the concept design stage to the completion of the project. Thomas received Master of Architecture at Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, US and received his Bachelor of Architectural Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He has professional work experience in Toronto, Hong Kong, and China.


Dina Elkady

Dina Elkady is an interior design educator and curriculum developer with more than 10 years of experience in teaching interior design courses in North America & the Middle East Region. She holds two degrees in interior design, a BFA from College of Fine Arts in Cairo with a specialization in interior architecture & scenography. Dina holds a Master of Science degree with a specialization in lighting design from Auburn University CIDA accredited interior design program in the US. Dina had taught various interior design courses ranging from studios, lectures as well as CAD & BIM computer modeling in multiple recognizable academic institutions such as Auburn University in USA, Zayed University in UAE, Georgian College, Seneca College and OCAD University in Ontario Canada. As a researcher, her research interests focused on exploring possibilities for preserving architectural heritage through virtual and digital reconstruction of historical buildings; besides examining buildings’ thermal performance and create solar studies using CAD & BIM applications. Some of this work pertain to architectural heritage in Dubai UAE and Tipi habitats for First Nations in Canada and was published and presented in several conferences throughout the Middle East and Canada.


Penny Fobler-Cressy

Penny is a registered interior designer and has a Master of Arts in Interior Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has an undergraduate Bachelor of Interior Design Degree from Yorkville University (formerly RCC Institute of Technology) as well as an Interior Design Diploma from Fanshawe College. After completing her 3-year, Interior Design Diploma Penny worked on projects across Canada and parts of the US primarily in the corporate, hospitality and residential disciplines. Her experience in interior design and construction spans over 20 years. Penny is NCIDQ certified, a LEED Green Associate and is a registered member of ARIDO, IDEC and CaGBC. She is an active member on the ARIDO Board and held various positions at the Chapter level that include Secretary/Treasurer, CEU Director, and President-Elect and currently holds the position of President of the Southern Ontario Chapter.


Michael Guido

With over 19 years of architectural and interior design expertise, Michael is a Licensed Architect (OAA), complimented by a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Toronto. Soon after achieving a Diploma in Architectural Design Technology & a Post Graduate Certificate in Facility Planning from Humber College. He accepted a position at Urbana Architects / HOK Canada, working as an Intern Architect for several of their large residential and hotel winning competition entries, located in the Middle East as well as in Toronto. He has progressively gained insight and knowledge in low/high-rise residential, institutional and commercial work experience.  Michael is currently the principle of his firm mEsh28 Architects specializing in residential and restaurant interiors with a focus on net zero and passive house research.  Michael also has been a professor Interior Design and architectural technology for over the past 16 years at the Degree and Diploma levels both in-house and on-line. Education: M.Arch., B.A., LEED AP BD+C., OAA.


Reem Habib

Reem Habib holder of a Masters degree in interior Architecture and Decorative arts, from the Lebanese University of Fine Arts, and a Bachelor in English Literature from the Lebanese University of Literature and Human Studies. In 2008 she moved to Dubai, and in May 2009 (till June 2019) she was appointed as professor of Interior Design at the American University of Dubai. She taught all sort of courses, and was a member of the accreditation committees that lent the department both CIDA and NASAD accreditation.  For over 12 years she practiced Interior Design between Lebanon and Dubai and worked on a variety of residential, commercial and hospitality design projects for Emaar and Nakheel, in the United Arab of the Emirates. In July 2019, she moved with her husband and 2 children to Markham, ON. Reem is an AutoCAD Certified Professional, Revit Certified Professional, a LEED®Green Associate™,  WELL Accredited Professional, and currently working on her NCIDQ credentials.  She is a passionate artist, and have participated in numerous art and design competitions and art exhibitions and had her first solo exhibition “Recovery” during Dubai Design Week, November 2018. Her artworks were published in magazines in the UAE.


Susan Hall

Susan has been a part of the Interior Design Faculty team since 2011. She holds a Master’s Degree in Interior Design from Washington State University. Susan’s master thesis, Enhancing Well-being: A Multisensory Interior Environmental Experience began the exploration of sensory design, which applicably informs many aspects of sustainable design.  Susan’s undergraduate work is in Fine Arts with an emphasis on 3D work (sculpture).   She brings a unique approach to solving design problems, both as a visual artist and designer. Her pedagogical focus is to develop and facilitate a comprehensive understanding of the current environmental and humanitarian issues as it relates to the interior design profession. With certification in Sustainable Building from NSBA and LEED GA, Susan brings her knowledge of sustainable design into her own practice with a specific focus on residential applications. She is currently pursuing NCIDQ certification. Susan currently resides in Spokane, Washington.


Eshan Jahani

Ehsan Jahani is a registered internationally trained Architect and OAA Intern Architect. He came to Canada with over 12 years of practical and academic experiences worldwide. Being RIBA certified in Oxford and trained by prominent group like Archigram and BIG are among some of his experiences academically, not to mention he is tri-lingual. Prior to his certification from Ryerson University and Canadian Architectural Certification Board in 2015, he was a PhD student and instructed design studio in OMU University in Turkey. Ehsan has worked on several occupancy type projects worldwide, particularly here in Canada (Residential, Commercial, Industrial Mixed-Use, etc.) ,Moreover along his career path, he worked with reputable names like Mike Niven in interior design market and additionally built strong knowledge of Ontario Building Code and BIM technology . EJ was involved in many large developments such as the interior design of “Cross Town” condominium development located in the Don Mills and Eglington area. He is also working on one of the largest developments in City of Hamilton with SRN architects started in 2019. He is a world Architecture Community Award winner for the LSP Pavilion project in London UK and was awarded the United Nation Conference Award for UN-HABITATE in 2010. BA of Architecture, MA in Architecture and Cultural Studies.


Erin Jenner

After graduating from Humber College’s Interior Design program over 20 years ago, Erin worked in various reputable Toronto-based firms gaining extensive experience in corporate office, government, hospitality, dental and custom residential design. Branching out on her own – with a strong creative and technical foundation, Erin started her own full-scope design practice.  NCIDQ certified (’03) Erin is a registered interior designer with a diverse portfolio of satisfied clients. Erin has been a professor in post-secondary Interior Design education for nearly two decades at various institutions across Ontario. Her broad range teaching experience includes courses taught both on-site and on-line in technical drawing, products & materials, design theory, research, social justice and various studios including Thesis.  Her curriculum vitae includes past Program Coordinator (3 yr. advanced diploma, ID) at Sheridan College (’12) and Chair (BID) at Yorkville University from 2016-2018. Committed to life-long learning, Erin returned to attain her undergraduate degree (’13), Bachelor of Interior Design (YU) graduating with honors and obtained a Master of Arts – Interior Design at Savannah College of Art and Design (‘15).  Her thesis and research focused on creating future design activists through the implementation of a socially centered curriculum in undergraduate interior design education in Ontario. An active member of the design and education community, Erin is past Director of Education (‘18) and past member of the Development Committee for the Alternative Pathways Taskforce (‘16) (ARIDO).


Golnaz Jalapour

Golnaz Jalalpour has a master degree in Industrial Design from Art& Architecture school of Islamic Azad University of Iran where she completed her Bachelor’s with honors. She has worked both in academic environments as a professor and as a professional designer in many firms. Her work projects include different design fields, such as Advertising, Product design, Decorating and Interior design that incorporate a variety of fascinating layers of 2D, 3D, simulation and animation modeling. She has also participated in various artistic workshops and galleries presenting photographs, paintings and sculptures in Iran. Her research interests lie in multifunctional and ergonomic design, nanotechnology, strategies and technologies in sustainable design, and the emergence of technology in design / intelligent design.


Elena Korbout

Elena Korbout began her teaching career at International Academy of Design in 2003, working simultaneously with Interior Design firms on projects throughout North America. Her experience in interior design has a strong focus on residential, hospitality design and sustainable design. Elena Korbout holds a Master of Arts (MA) Design Professional Practice degree from Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. At both Graduate and Undergraduate levels, she taught previously at George Brown College, Interior Design program at International Academy of Design, Toronto and Raffles Design Institute, Singapore. Elena has taught a variety of courses in the Interior Design Program, including Textiles, Lighting, Design Studios, AutoCAD (all 4 levels), Architectural Building Technology, Sustainable Practices and Interior Detailing. She loves working with students on inventive and technical subjects such as specifications, sustainable construction strategies and methods. Her integrative design background includes formal training in sustainability, health, wellness, and interior design with emerging technologies. This initial exposure into experience of various disciplines allows her to sharpen her creativity. She reinforces the process of design and inspires her students to take creative risks as they explore their design options and possibilities.


Maryam Karimi

Maryam Karimi is a candidate for a doctoral degree in philosophy practice-based Ph.D. in visual arts at York University. She completed a Master’s degree in Architecture (M.Arch.) and a Bachelors in Architectural Science (B.Arch. Sci) from University of Waterloo. Prior to joining Yorkville University, Maryam has worked professionally in both architecture and interior design fields on various national and international projects. Her Ph.D. research focuses on the relationship between architecture and the physical and sociopolitical spaces of experience. Her current material of exploration is light in conceiving spatial diagrams that render physical realities. Maryam Karimi’s studio practice encompasses architectural design, sculptures, objects, and site-specific installations.


Virginia Larrea

She obtained a Bachelor in Architecture in Mexico at the Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey and got a master in architecture at University of New Mexico. Virginia has worked in the professional field of architecture and interior design over 20 years and enjoy working in commercial and institutional work. As a registered interior designer her tasks are designing and overseeing all aspects of the project and also management of each project with a high profitability. Her latest personal goal is to obtain the architectural registration, soon to be achieved. Virginia has been teaching interior design courses for several years aside of working in the field as a designer. She has developed courses, classes, prepared for accreditation and more while always maintaining students as the most important factor of every work she does. Virginia also loves to sketch in the traditional way and paint in pastels and oils. You can see her work on the cover of the Prismacolor pastel box. She like virtual modeling and rendering in software like 3DMax and Revit. Virginia believes every student has the potential for success, and students are responsible to tap into this potential and grow. She will be there to help her students achieve that success. Education: AIA, ASID, LEED AP, NCIDQ.

Erin Martyn

Erin Martyn has nearly a decade’s worth of experience in design education, both teaching and developing courses online. She served as Yorkville University’s BID online coordinator from 2013 to 2015, spearheading the online archiving process for CIDA accreditation. Erin’s passion for teaching balances with professional practice in residential and commercial sectors, with a focus on hospitality design. She has worked as a Design Project Manager for an Atlanta-based hospitality firm, as well as developed brand prototypes for Intercontinental Hotels Group. Her designs have been featured in several industry publications, including Contract Magazine and Lodging Magazine. Erin earned an MFA in Interior Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she was awarded with Outstanding Thesis for her study of a new museum typology. In 2005, she received the Aunspaugh Fellowship for Painting from the University of Virginia’s McIntire Department of Art. Erin also holds a Bachelor’s degree with distinction in Studio Art and English Literature from the University of Virginia. She currently resides with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona.


Sam Moshaver

Sam Moshaver earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in architecture in 2008, and 2010. Since then he has been practicing as an architect in different architectural firms in Toronto. His projects ranged from single-family to mid-rise, to high-rise homes, office and industrial buildings. Sam is also completing his Ph.D. studies in architecture and interior design in department of Environmental Design at University of Montreal. The focus of his thesis is on improving the floor plan design in multi-tenant housing with respect to socio-demographic changes of household. Where he is employing systems approach and research through design as methodology with respect to adaptable design principles. Furthermore, Sam has been teaching different courses from studio to detailing, to sustainable housing, as a sessional lecturer in school of architecture at University of Montreal and Ryerson University. Furthermore, he has participated as an external studio reviewer in different universities since 2015. Sam has participated and published number of conference and journal papers in the area of flexibility and housing. He also has been among the panel of reviewers for CIB W104 International Conferences on Open Building Implementation since 2015. Education: B.Arch.Sci, M.Arch, Ph.D Candidate, O.A.A.


Tracy O’Brien

Part time Professor in various colleges and universities throughout the Greater Toronto Area and Barrie, since 2007. Many students have enjoyed her energetic personality and enthusiasm for sharing knowledge over the years. Since 2000, Tracy has operated her own interior design practice, currently specializing in residential projects and some commercial projects. Her scope of work goes far beyond residential. Tracey started work in retail and commercial design and has worked in hospitality as well. For the past five years, Tracy has worked with IDCEC and is a reviewer for CEU courses worldwide. Tracy also enjoys the challenge of assisting ARIDO or Homes Publishing with the Home Shows with the “Design Intervention” consultations for show goers. One never knows where a free consultation might lead. Tracy has been featured in various publications over the years and has been on television too! Education: ARIDO, IDC, NCIDQ, B.A. Sociology, Interior Design Diploma


Afsaneh Vollmer

Afsaneh started to study fine art at the Ecole des Beaux Arts-Sion, Switerland and continued in visual arts at Middlesex County College, New Jersey and the New York Studio School where she obtained a Diploma in Fine Art. She further achieved a Bachelor of Art in Textile and Surface Design at FIT in New York, and a Master in Woven Design at the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Creation Industirelle in Paris. While studying fine art at the New York Studio School one of her sculptures was awarded and chosen to be in a photo shoot for the Vogue magazine. She also was among top creative students from FIT to present her design to Bill Blass. Afsaneh has many years of experience as a graphic artist producing wallpaper designs for various wall covering printing companies. Meanwhile, she has continued painting with different forms of media, creating decorative textiles and incorporating them into her paintings as a fusion of both in the form of multimedia art. Afsaneh has had various solo and group exhibitions in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.


Brandy Von Kaenel

Brandy has over 15 years of both in class and online teaching experience focused in Interior Design, CAD and architecture related courses. She also currently manages her own interior design consulting business focusing on sustainable residential and light commercial projects. In the years before opening her own business, she worked for an architectural firm in Denver, CO, U.S.A., focusing on skilled nursing, assisted living and educational projects. She later worked as project manager for another Denver design firm doing multi-family and high-end residential design projects. In 2013, she volunteered with Architecture for Humanity to assist in the design of school facilities made from earth bags and other sustainable features for children in Basa Nepal, later constructed for the community. She earned an undergraduate Bachelors of Science degree in Interior Design and a dual Masters in Architecture and Urban Design as well as a Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Colorado at Denver, CO. She additionally completed several Construction Management and Adult Education and Training courses at Colorado State University.  She had published in the Historical Studies Journal in 2010. Education: Assoc. AIA, ASID, LEED BD+C AP, NCIDQ.

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