Hollywood Woodwork Hosts FIU Interior Architecture Class

Hollywood Woodwork hosted the Interior Architecture class of Florida International University in a morning orientation to the engineering process and a plant tour. Dr. Philip Abbott, ASID, IDEC, class professor, is developing coursework that will give his students real-life experience in the interior design career path. As part of that development the class’ term project is to design a reception desk. The visit to Hollywood Woodwork allowed the students to view the engineering process from Interior Design drawings through final approved shop drawings for five unique reception desks.

The presentation was followed by a shop tour where the students were able to learn more about the custom woodwork manufacturing process and see some of the reception desks from the engineering presentation that are currently in process on the shop floor. Dr. Abbott commented on the value of such experiences for his students, bringing theory into much better focus in light of the reality of actual production.

We are very excited about Dr. Abbott’s vision for the Interior Architecture department at FIU,” said Dave Bolt, Hollywood Woodwork COO. “We are looking forward to future interactions with his classes. This allows us to influence future designers with valuable insights regarding the collaborative process that takes place between the designer and the manufacturer in optimal conditions.


FIU students view a faceted reception desk

About FIU Interior Architecture Department: FIU offers a CIDA accredited professional interior architecture education ranked 4th best interior design program in the south region of the U.S. The program operates from a solid foundation in design studies that prepares students for the dynamic life of a design professional. With fresh approaches to curricular development such as an accelerated Masters of Interior Architecture curriculum, cross- cultural exchange studies abroad, and a unique Cruise Ship and Super Yacht certificate, the program develops advanced competencies in cutting edge technology, knowledge and application of design research, and the ability to promote sustainable design practices.

About Hollywood Woodwork, Inc: Hollywood Woodwork has been a leading architectural woodworking company since 1968. It specializes in commercial interiors and custom woodwork for use in premier hotels, casinos, country clubs, museums, universities, retail, corporate offices and more throughout the United States and the Caribbean. The 60,000 square foot facility located in Hollywood, Florida, is the base for a team of over 100 management, craftsmen and support personnel. In 1999, Hollywood Woodwork began the transition from a family-owned business to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Each and every Hollywood Woodwork employee-owner is a stakeholder in the company’s success.