MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Iowa State University Design Instructor Amy Mikovec understands how important it is to give her students real-world design experience.
For the second time in two years, Mikovec and her ISU design students have traveled from Ames, Iowa to Cubic Visual Systems, a retail interiors and store fixtures specialist based in Burnsville, Minnesota.
Mikovec's class traveled to Cubic Visual Systems’ this fall as part of a curriculum-required field experience protocol stipulated by ISU’s academic requirements.
“It is extremely important that the kids get out and see and feel how a real design firm works,” Mikovec explains with zeal. “I saw the expressions on these kids’ faces when they walked through Cubic Visual Systems’ showroom floor. They were simply in awe.”
Scott Parizek, a Lead Industrial Engineer with Cubic Visual Systems, feels it is crucial to give back to the design community as both a former design student himself and a father of college-age children. Cubic is a provider of customized visual display systems for commercial space - from floor to ceiling and everything in-between. Its flexible systems were designed from the core to connect the customer to the merchandise. Cubic employs the latest trends in manufacturing technology, to offer shopfitters, architects and interior designers the store fixtures and components necessary when creating retail, display merchandising, exhibition and commercial environments.
“There is something very satisfying about helping the next generation of designers get their feet wet and experience the real world for a while,” Parizek explains with satisfaction. “I think we opened some eyes today and that was a very good thing.” Parizek is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.
The event included a tour of Cubic Visual System’s showroom floor and a brief presentation and Q & A with Parizek and his staff.
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