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Design Management Students Benefit from Professor’s Industry Experience
Alfonso Torino, Ph.D., has been teaching at Berkeley College for more than 10 years and has more than 20 years of experience working in the design industry. In addition to teaching and serving as Chair, Interior Design in the School of Professional Studies, Dr. Torino is an Architect and Chief Designer at Forum Architectural Group in Rutherford, NJ. He also serves as a Consultant Designer at GI Design Studio in Woodland Park, NJ.
Dr. Torino has a Ph.D. from the University of Rome, Italy, and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ. In addition, he has a Diploma of Design and Roman Topography from the Michelangelo Buonarroti Institute in Frascati, Italy.
Mr. Torino’s reflections on teaching students enrolled in the Design Management program are as follows:
Professor’s Work Experience Directly Relates to Curriculum
Design Management students have two years of design courses followed by two years focusing on the managerial end of the business. In the classroom these students benefit from my years of experience working in architectural design in addition to commercial and residential design. My professional experience provides students with real-world examples of creative projects, in addition to the overall project management aspect of the design industry. All faculty members in the Design Management program use examples from their professional lives to reconstruct real-world situations in the classroom. This helps to bring concepts to life for our students.
I would describe my teaching style as straightforward. From day one my students understand that nothing comes easy and that it takes a lot of dedication, drive, hard work, and creativity to succeed in this field. The faculty is very dedicated to the students in this program, and we are always willing to spend additional time with students who seek out extra help.
Striving to Offer Rewarding Internship Experiences
Throughout my career at Berkeley College, I’ve worked closely with the Career Services Department to help place students in rewarding internships. We strive to match students with positions where they can build on their strengths. I think we are doing a good job with this, and we typically get positive feedback. Employers tell us that our students are well prepared for the workplace.