Carmita Sanchez-Fong

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Go to: ETAP 623 Spring 2012

Go to portfolio page: A Pathfinder as a Coordination and Teaching Tool

Go to the mini-course: The Pathfinder Building Blocks

Introduction

I fell in love with the very serious and exciting business of teaching while lecturing at Baruch College in New York, 1990-1994. Since then, my own learning has been non-stop. There is always a new revision to a book, readings to keep up with, lectures to prepare, give, attend, watch, or listen to. Research that needs to be done, teaching approaches to review, compare, analyze and execute. New software that needs to be learned, curriculum issues to resolve, courses to coordinate, conversations to be had, meetings to attend. Each semester we have the opportunity to revamp our teaching environments with fresh experiences. As a semester ends we can look at our fresh past for its present relevance and future potential. Each semester offers the opportunity to stop, analyze, recollect, and revise. It is that constant search for newness to one's teaching that brought me to the University at Albany.

Currently, I am an Associate Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. While attending City College in New York I did my internships first at the New York Port Authority - Engineering Office and later at Hunter College - Campus Planning Office. After graduation, I contributed at the offices of Swanke Hayden Connell Architects in New York, Washington, and London; and Alan Gaynor and Company in New York City. The experiences at each stage of my career have been lasting and rewarding.

Between Baruch and FIT, I spent two-and-half years in Latin America in the design and construction of Saniz Telecom's corporate office in Quito, Ecuador; and points of sale in Quito, Guayaquil, and Bogota. When I returned to the States I continued to pursue my passion and started teaching part time at FIT's Interior Design Department. For the past 15 years I have had my own interior design practice and have been blessed teaching to some of the best, brightest, most curious, and most driven students in the world, while having a blast doing it. I am better because of them.