Design college students returning to city square

Friday, June 1, 2012

From Staff Reports

A small, Franklin, Tenn.-based private college that specializes in interior architectural and graphic design, merchandizing, advertising and fashion is teaching class on Lewisburg's public square again this summer.

It's in conjunction with the Lewisburg Downtown Alliance of merchants and property owners around the Marshall County Courthouse. Students enrolled in O'More College of Design's "Studio on the Square" will work on designs for merchants and property owners from July 29 through Aug. 3.

O'More's "Studio on the Square" program has been offered to local communities in the Middle Tennessee area for a number of years, but this is the first time the "Studio" has returned to the same community.

Due to the tremendous reception received by the school and its students, as well as the success of last year's program, Associate Professor David Koellein, chairman of O'More's Interior Design Department, has decided to offer the program for business and property owners in Lewisburg again this summer.

"The O'More College faculty and staff are quite interested in assisting local communities with revitalization efforts," Koellein said.

Founded as O'More School of Interior Architecture and Design in 1970 has an enrollment of about 200, with a male to female ratio of one to nine. The job placement rate for students is very favorable for graduates.

"Similar to last summer, over the course of a week the school will essentially offer free interior (and some exterior) design services (though not physical labor) to a limited number of merchants or building owners located on or near the square, working with their needs and a projected budget," Koellein said. "At the end of their visit, the students will present the businesses or property owners with a design solution, which they may choose to implement."

Applications for the "Studio on the Square" program are available through the Lewisburg Downtown Alliance. Contact Leland Carden at 931-205-3476 or by e-mail to for an application. Applications are also available at Tillis Jewelers on the Square. The deadline for applications is Thursday, June 21.

Based upon current enrollment projections, Koellein says students will be able to work with about 10 to 12 applicants. Depending on the number of applicants, O'More may need to be selective about which projects are accepted. That would be based on strategic economic interest and students' capacities.