Buie Harwood collection on decorative painting in Texas,
Buie Harwood received her MFA and BFA degrees in interior design from Louisiana Tech University and an interior design diploma from Ray-Vogue Schools. She studied in the Victorian Society Summer Schools in both Rhode Island and England. Harwood is a Professor Emeritus from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she previously served as interior design Department Chair for programs in Virginia and Qatar, and as the coordinator of the MFA graduate program. In 1973, Harwood became an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin. During the summers of 1977-1981, Harwood taught at UT's Winedale Institute in Historic Preservation summer institute. After leaving the University of Texas in 1981, Harwood became an associate professor of interior design at North Texas State University.
Harwood's work experience includes projects as a residential and commercial interior designer and as a consultant on curriculum and accreditation to various interior design programs. Awards and honors include: Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Arnold Friedmann Educator of Distinction 2012; American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Educator of Distinction Award 2003; ASID Honorary Fellow Award; Who's Who Among America's Teachers; Who's Who in Interior Design; the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership; IDEC Fellow and Merit Awards; and other awards from the The National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), The Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER), and ASID. Harwoord's professional service is comprised of various state, regional, national, and international leadership positions with IDEC, NCIDQ, Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC), ASID, and FIDER.
Publications written by Buie Harwood include: Architecture and Interior Design: An Integrated History to the Present (with co-authors Bridget May and Curt Sherman; Prentice Hall, 2012), which received the ASID Education Foundation Joel Polsky Prize in 2012, Architecture and Interior Design, from the 19th century: An Integrated History (with co-authors Bridget May and Curt Sherman; Vol. 2, Prentice Hall; 2009), which received the ASID Education Foundation Joel Polsky Prize in 2009, and Architecture and Interior Design through the 18th century: An Integrated History (with co-authors Bridget May and Curt Sherman; Vol. 1, Prentice Hall; 2002), which received the ASID Education Foundation Joel Polsky Prize in 2002. In April 2010, Harwood and her co-authors were inducted into the Historic Preservation Honor Society, recognizing their contributions to design history. Additional publications include, Decorating Texas: Decorative Painting in the Lone Star State from the 1850s to the 1950s (TCU Press, 1993), which received the San Antonio Conservation Society Award and a Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History. Beyond these books, Harwood has had numerous articles published in various interior design professional journals, including the Journal of Interior Design, as well as professional association documents.
Excerpts from biography written by Buie Harwood
The Buie Harwood collection on decorative painting in Texas documents Harwood's publications Decorating Texas: Decorative Painting in the Lone Star State from the 1850s to the 1950s, Charles Martin Meister: Decorative Painter in Texas, as well as her 2001 presentation Painted Churches in Central Texas broadcasted on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) stations across Texas. The papers and photographs of Dr. Anna Brightman concerning the House of Seasons (Jefferson, Texas) and Winedale Institute in Historic Preservation are also housed in the collection. Brightman was the department chair of The University of Texas at Austin's interior design program from the 1950s through the 1980s.
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