ABBY KOUTCH 

BFA INTERIOR DESIGN

(SHE / HER / HERS)

    The Trumbauer Institute aims to teach interior designers and architects already working in the field about historic restoration and preservation techniques in a cutting-edge, new way. In addition to learning traditional techniques, they also learn about new technologies such as holograms, virtual video, 3D printing, and experimentation with new prototypes. The goal is to create a think tank in Philadelphia where designers and architects can reach any building in the world and learn from them up close, as well as solve ongoing problems in construction and preservation. The building itself is the old Boy Scouts of America building on North 22nd Street and Winter Street in Philadelphia. While it is not occupied, it is still owned by the city and has not been touched since 2010. I used the techniques that the school would implement in my design, making an abandoned building functional and open to the community again.

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    The Trumbauer Institute aims to teach Interior Designer and Architects already working in the field historic restoration and preservation techniques in a cutting edge new way. As well as learning traditional techniques, they also learn through new technologies such as holograms, virtual video, 3D printing, and experimentation with new prototypes. The goal is to create a think tank in Philadelphia where designers and architects can outreach any building in the world and can learn from them closeup as well as solve ongoing problems in construction and preservation. The building itself is the old Boy Scouts of America Building on N 22nd ST. and Winter St. in Philadelphia. While it is not occupied, it is owned by the city and has not been touched since 2010. I used the techniques the school would be implementing in my design turning an abandoned building functional again and open to the community. 

    Abby Koutch is an interior designer based in Baltimore, MD. She has a passion for design as well as historic architecture and history and often incorporates this into her designs. As she is mentored by several designers working in the historic design field, Koutch advocates for historic preservation and restoration in the design field. She has worked for design companies such as Eberlein Design Consultants in Philadelphia, PA and RD Jones & Associates in Baltimore, MD. As the Sophomore Mentor of the Interior Design program at Moore, she hopes to inspire others to mix their passions with their professions. Koutch is an as-needed intern for the hospitality firm RD Jones & Associates.

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