O'More College of Design, Franklin (Nashville) Tennessee (BID, Interior Design)
O'More College of Design, Franklin (Nashville) Tennessee (Other)
Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia (Master's)
I seek to prepare students to become inventive designers with the capacity to create authentic beauty with an eye on changing the world through purposeful design. I wish students to grow as designers equipped with the skills, knowledge, ability, ingenuity, and aspiration to constructively benefit the global society and the environment through purposeful design. A college education must be more than imparting knowledge. The Interior Design Instructors job is to open the students ‘magical box’ which contains the desire to become a lifetime learner and the capacity to learn for every student regardless of previous life experience or varying backgrounds.
Norris W., Interior Designer, Artist and Design Instructor
“Only we free our own minds to channel the powers of the universe.”
Norris earned a Master’s of Arts Degree in Interior Design (Second Professional Degree), from Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia where he also served as Graduate Assistant for the College of Art, He was awarded his Professional degree; Bachelor of Interior Design and Associate Bachelor of Design in Interior Architecture degrees from O’More College of Design, Franklin, Tennessee / Abbeyleix, Ireland circa 1970, FIDER/CIDA accredited since 1974; a non-profit non-traditional college of the arts supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Tennessee Endowment for the Arts and the Metropolitan Nashville/Franklin Endowment for the Arts. The O'More School was conceived by Tennessee native its founder Eloise Pitts O'More while in Design School in Paris where she also danced with the 1920's Paris Opera.
Norris received a Diploma in Interior Design while taking Master Classes at the International Institute of Interior Design, Washington, DC. He began his college career as music major at David Lipscomb University in Nashville and studied decorative arts at the New England School of Art and Design in Boston, while determining his path in life and art.
Norris began designing house plans and drawing art in fourth grade in his Southern Kentucky, where he was raised on a working farm. While at the farmhouse in the rural South, he built architectural models of cities and dreamed of one day working in Manhattan. Upon graduation from the O’More School he became an Associate of a premier upper Eastside design firm; David Laurence Roth, Incorporated, 40 East 69th Street, New York City, managing project sites and assisting in the interior design of New York’s elite; including Ivan Boesky, Woody Allan, Alice Tully and many of the city’s influential opera society. After his tenure in New York City Norris spent two decades working as a Senior Interior Designer for Holiday Inns Corporation, Memphis redeveloping the South American company owned Inns and as an Architect for the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington designing interior spaces and developing restoration of historic properties. Norris has completed hundreds of interior design projects in his career and is an Affiliate member of the American Society of Interior Designers and Lifetime member of The Abbeyleix Society.
He has lived and worked as a student, interior designer / artist / teacher in Nashville, Boston, Manhattan, Memphis, Caribbean Islands, Baltimore, Atlanta and Washington, DC. Since 1995 Norris has been self-employed as a gallery owner, artist, interior design instructor and interior designer in the Nation’s Capitol. His art work consists of abstract mixed media paintings on canvas. He has shown and sold art since 1980 when he was selected to present his paintings in the Greenwich Village Arts Exhibition at Washington Park in NYC. His works are in private collections of corporations, restaurants, hotels, banks and individuals in the United States, Japan, the Caribbean and South America. Norris W.'s paintings decorate many downtown Washington DC commercial spaces. Teaching Philosophy:
I seek to prepare students to become inventive designers with the capacity to create authentic beauty with an eye on changing the world through purposeful design. I wish students to grow as designers equipped with the skills, knowledge, ability, ingenuity, and aspiration to constructively benefit the global society