Interior Design | Faculty | Kelowna

Jennifer Yeo | BID RID, IDC, NCIDQ # 07266 | DEPARTMENT HEAD

Jennifer brings 30 years of experience as a practicing Interior Designer to her role as Interior Design Department Head. She has extensive commercial design experience and her portfolio includes projects across Canada in the corporate office, educational, institutional, health care, ecclesiastical, financial, manufacturing, hospitality and residential sectors. She is the principal of Yeo Design Associates in Vernon, is a Registered Interior Designer, member of IDIBC (Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia) and IDC (Interior Designers of Canada).  She has been an Executive Board Member of the PIDIM (Professional Interior Designers Institute of Manitoba) responsible for the NCIDQ (National Council of Interior Design Qualification) portfolio. She received a Bachelor degree (BID) in Interior Design from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture in 1983; holds NCIDQ certification and has an extensive background in teaching, leading workshops and speaking engagements on various aspects of design including a presentation to the USSR Winter Cities Architectural Delegation on “The Impact of the North on Interior Design” for the NWT Government in Yellowknife.

Jennifer has been recognized nationally for her award winning designs, receiving a First Place Award for the Interface & Bentley National Design Competition and a Premier's Award for Design Excellence.

Her instructional experience includes instructing Interior Design and Decorating courses for Red River Community College, Winkler and Okanagan College, Kalamalka Campus. She began instructing at the Centre for Arts and Technology in 2012 and teaches various courses in design theory, universal design, commercial design, history of architecture and interior design, graphic communication, detailing courses and advanced design studios.

To learn more about working in the Interior Design Industry, you can listen to our PODCAST with Jennifer on our Soundcloud Account. 

MIKE BENTIEN | C.L.C.L.S | INSTRUCTOR

Mike has been in lighting for almost 30 years and has had his own lighting design business Designing with Light for almost 20 years.  Mike is certified by the “American Lighting Association” and holds certificates from the “Illuminating Engineering Society”.  He also a member of the “Heritage Registry of Who’s Who”.  Mike instructs the lighting design and sustainable lighting courses at CAT.

JASON BESSE | DIPL. TECH., A.T. AIBC | INSTRUCTOR

An employee of Patrick McCusker Architecture Inc., Jason plays an integral role in the production and assembly of construction drawings. Showing initiative in professional development, he has established a membership with the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and continues to pursue ongoing education in the architecture industry.  Jason instructs the introductory computer drafting classes in AutoCAD as well as Revit.

deborah lampitt-mcconnachie | instructor

Deborah ‘s career encompasses fashion, film, music,  television, print journalism and education at the post graduate level and has spent most of the past 30 years in London, UK (with a couple of years here and there in Los Angeles and Vancouver).

In her work, she travelled extensively to New York, Paris and Milan covering the international Ready-to-Wear and Couture designer collections for print and television. She has also worked for RCA records in LA and Island Records in the UK, directed and segment produced for a number of fashion and lifestyle programs in the UK, worked in pop promos and feature films, and continues to write and organize fashion and lifestyle shoots for print magazines in Canada and the UK.

Deborah spent twelve years running BA programs in Fashion Journalism and Music Journalism plus an MA course in Fashion And Lifestyle Journalism for the University for the Creative Arts in the UK. She is a closet interior designer who is very big on contemporary and minimalist interiors, and spends way too much time on Houzz.com. Deborah brings her expertise in print media + design to the portfolio classes for the Interior Design Program.

Nick Desert DID | Instructor

Nick teaches Traditional Representation Techniques and Graphic Communication Methods – how to create an interior space in 3D by hand, and digitally. Originally from England, Nick graduated from the Interior Design program at CATO in 2010. By day, he is an Interior Designer at Begrand Fast Design Inc, commercial interior design company in downtown Kelowna.

Mo Bayat | MSc ( Arch/Eng), SCO, RBO |INSTRUCTOR

We are really lucky to have an expert like Mo Bayat, who is our instructor for the Building Code courses. Mo is the Director of Development Services for the City of Kelowna and is an expert in the Building Code.