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The Department’s Advisory Council Thanks Alumni for Their Service and Welcomes New Members to Its Ranks

Published June 3, 2020

The Department of Interior Architecture & Design highly values its close relationship interior design practice that supports its efforts to provide top-notch student preparation for their careers. Composed of interior design practitioners, industry executives and others, the Department’s Advisory Council provides a valuable connective sounding board and support the Department’s activities, fundraisers and awards activities. With the close of the Spring Semester comes changes in our Advisory Council membership as long-standing members Craig Anderchak, Margaret Douglass, and Grant Gribble conclude their service.


We asked Craig Anderchak, Southeast Regional Interior Design Director of NELSON Worldwide (and an alum of the Department!) what inspired him to serve:

Craig Anderchak

“I enjoyed my many years on the Interior Design Advisory Council, and they will remain a highlight of my professional career. I became a member of the Council to stay close to the program and to share what I was seeing in the professional world. The department prepared me so well for the Interior Design Industry, I felt it was the least I could do to return the favor.

Over the years, I was able to host Student tours in Atlanta, juror student projects in Tallahassee, lecture on professional practices, hire several FSU graduates, and witness the opening of the department in the William Johnston Building. I was also fortunate to witness the retirements of all of the professors that taught me many years ago. I am excited to rotate off the board to allow others to have the same rewarding experience that I have had over the years!”


Portrait of Grant Eric Gribble

Grant Gribble

Grant Gribble, Council emeritus member and President of Gribble Interior Group has been a voice at the Advisory Council table for many years. Said Gribble, “I had the honor to be on the Advisory Board Council since the inception. I am amazed by how far the department consistently rose to the level of excellence. I got to work with four amazing department chairs.

My proudest moment was seeing the move to the William Johnston Building. There is no facility for Architecture or Interior Design that compares.

Lastly, I was thrilled to serve as Council chair and not only reconnect with old friends but make new student, faculty, industry, and professional relationships. I’ll miss the many alumni events I attended and my trips to Tallahassee.” Our sincere thanks to all for their service to our community. You will be missed but know that you always have a home here at Florida State University.


We’d also like to welcome our new members who will be joining the Council in the fall of 2020:

  • Amy Lowey, Project Director with IA Architects,
  • Michael Starr, Regional Vice President with Kravet, and
  • Ronnie Belizaire, Corporate Real Estate Manager with Daimler.

We are excited to see what the future holds and look forward to working with and learning from these capable design professionals.