Interior Design Program Coordinator Named Most Admired Educator by DesignIntelligence

Written by: Shydale James,
Interior Design Coordinator and Senior University Lecturer David Brothers is recognized for his solid critiques, and bringing opportunities and connections to his students.
"It is a true privilege to teach with such wonderful colleagues and engaged students.”
​The superior work of faculty members at the School of Art + Design continues to be recognized by DesignIntelligence (DI).

The architectural research organization recently named Interior Design Coordinator and Senior University Lecturer David Brothers one of its 25 Most Admired Educators for 2017 - 2018.

Brothers teaches at the School of Art + Design, which joined the New Jersey School of Architecture to form the College of Architecture and Design (CoAD) at NJIT in 2008.

DI noted: “Brothers is known by his students as one who is dedicated to the interior design program and its rigor. Appreciated for his solid critiques and feedback, he is recognized for bringing supplemental opportunities and connections from outside the school and preparing graduates well for entering the profession.”

Anthony Schuman, interim CoAD dean, Jose Alcala, industrial design program coordinator and university lecturer and Glenn Goldman, School of Art + Design director have also received the recognition in 2013, 2014 and 2015, respectively. 

“It seems trite to say, but I’ll say it anyway: I’m humbled and honored,” said Brothers, who’s been a full-time design instructor in architecture and interior programs at a variety of institutions for over a decade and specializes in office workplace design and learning environments for higher education.

Brothers explains the concept behind his culinary school and restaurant design studio to a group of Newark high school students in the ACE Mentor Program of America.

“Under different circumstances, this distinction might have been accompanied by a mic drop,” he went on to joke. “Yet whatever pride I’m tempted to feel is quickly tempered by the daily reminder that whatever success I may have is really a reflection of the support of the administrators and staff at the College of Architecture and Design. It is a true privilege to teach with such wonderful colleagues and engaged students.”  

We caught up with the trained cabinetmaker and professional designer to ask him a few questions – some pressing, some not so much.

Favorite movie?
Blade Runner.

What inspires you?
What doesn’t?

A book you plan on reading?
On my nightstand sits, “Do I Make Myself Clear: Why Writing Matters” by Harold Evans.

Favorite TV show that’s currently on?
Since winter is coming – “Game of Thrones.”

iPhone or Android?
iPhone, but sadly, generations old.

Twitter or Instagram?
I don’t participate in social networking but if forced, I’d choose Instagram.
(Do I get extra credit with this answer at 140 characters??)

Favorite food?
Mom’s lasagna.

Least favorite food?
Anything pickled.

Coffee or tea?
My students would be the first to tell you – coffee. They all know I need a cup to make it through our six-hour studios!

Favorite song?
No absolute favorite but I’ve got “The World is Smiling Now” by Jim James repeating on my current playlist.

If you could sing a duet with anyone, who would it be?
As there would be no quicker way for me to lose the respect of my students than to break out in song, I think I’ll take a pass.

If you could master one instrument, what would it be?
Piano, so my daughter would stop mocking me with her vastly superior musical talent.

To be or not to be?
I’m not getting the reference.  Did someone famous ask this?

Dogs or cats?
Woof.

What’s the last country you visited?
Ireland. Best. Trip. Ever.

What country do you wish to visit?
Finland, for the saunas. The architecture’s not bad either.  

Best way to de-stress?
Anything active but, as was noted earlier, winter is coming so these days it’s splitting wood.

If you had one superpower, what would it be?
Flight, without the cape.

A sport you wish you could play?
Hockey. I’ve always wanted to be able to skate backwards.

Scary film or happy endings?
Happy endings frighten me so I avoid both if I can.

Favorite season?
Cumin. Wait…you meant seasoning, right? No? Football then. 

Three people alive or dead that you would like to have dinner with?
Well, they wouldn’t be much fun if they were dead.  I’d have to go with John Oliver, Daniel Dennett and Paula Poundstone.

What would be the title of your autobiography?
“It Was All Fun and Games.”