It’s graduation season! Matriculations are happening all across the country AND at Chaddock College in Morganton, North Carolina. With a degree in Visual Arts and Art History, over a decade working in the world of design, and establishing Ford Design Studio in 2016, Rebecca Ford made a decision to go back to school … to Chaddock College. We wondered what motivated this busy New Jersey and Philadelphia area pro, and caught up with her for today’s blog!
CHADDOCK: Rebecca, you’re a pro with over a decade of experience in the world of design and now your own firm, Ford Design Studio. Why did you decide to go back to college, Chaddock College?
REBECCA: All the credit goes to IFDA, a professional interior design organization. I work closely with IFDA to develop design partnerships along the coastal areas of New Jersey and the Philadelphia area. But this time, IFDA led me to Morganton, NC! I first learned about Chaddock College via an IFDA email. It seemed like a great program, especially since I am in the process of sourcing new manufacturing partners with strong custom capabilities. Chaddock College felt like a must-attend for me.
CHADDOCK: We understand you cleared your schedule to attend!
REBECCA: Yes, and this is a busy time for me, on the brink of summer with second home projects on the go. The business of design is about trust. Chaddock College was an opportunity for me to understand the brand and see if they would be the right fit for me and my clients.
CHADDOCK: How do you judge the ‘right fit’?
REBECCA: There are a number of things. Great design and quality, plus, the willingness AND ability to partner with me on customizations, and the ability to hit my delivery dates.
CHADDOCK: Hope you like what you saw! What impressed you most about Chaddock College?
REBECCA: I loved ALL of the time on the factory floor. It was fascinating to follow the trajectory of an order, a custom order, from designer concept and CAD development into engineering and then development on the floor. The collaborative team approach and attention to detail blew me away. I thought, these are people I want to work with.
CHADDOCK: Is made in America important to your clients.
REBECCA: Yes, absolutely. My clients think it’s the ideal. For me, made in America also empowers customization, so it’s huge. I’ll add that the perception that American production is more expensive is just not true. At least not at Chaddock. They are super mindful about getting rid of waste and maximizing time and equipment. I saw that at every turn. When I look at the price and the completed product, I think value, and my clients will too!
CHADDOCK: What would you say to designers considering Chaddock College?
REBECCA: I’d say …. call your sales rep and apply. Chaddock keeps the class sizes small so they can’t say yes to everyone. If you do get to attend, Chaddock College will open a world of what’s possible when you see the logic and flow of the manufacturing process, and see quality from the inside out. Chaddock College is going to make you a better design professional – and you’ll even have the CEU credits to prove it!