A cool, functional house on Lake Leelanau, and much more: EMU's Undergraduate Symposium features student projects and research at Student Center on March 28

by Geoff Larcom, Published March 24, 2014

YPSILANTI – Lake Leelanau, located in the little finger of the Lower Peninsula just northwest of Traverse City, conjures up images of dazzling sunsets, nearby Lake Michigan beaches, towering dunes and rolling farmland.

For Eastern Michigan University sophomore Alyssa Eisenhauer, the 17-mile long lake offered an inspiring site to design a beachfront vacation home for a multi-generational family.

Working in her Studio 3 class, Eisenhauer, an interior design major, created a beautiful yet practical home with open flow and access ramps. The home, designed for an imaginary client who wants to build on Lake Leelanau, includes design and sustainable features to make the home accessible for everyone.

A look a the dining room and the living room of the northern Michigan vacation home designed by EMU student Alyssa Eisenhauer.

Eisenhauer designed a floor plan for a five-person family, including a suite for grandma. The project includes exterior elevation and section elevation drawings of the home, and also six three-dimensional models to show design and space planning of the interior.

Eisenhauer also made six material boards showing the fabric, paint and flooring material for each room represented in the 3D models.

The project, which took a semester to complete, is one of more than 300 presentations that will be on display or discussed at the 34th annual Undergraduate Symposium, to be held at the EMU Student Center Friday, March 28.

The symposium, one of the highlights of the academic year at Eastern, celebrates the exceptional academic work of EMU undergraduate students, showcasing student research and a wide variety of creative projects. The presentations, completed with the help of faculty mentors, represent all academic disciplines at the University.

The day of oral presentations, poster displays and exhibits offers an excellent chance to sample the diversity of student work at Eastern.

A front view of the multi-generational home designed by Eastern Michigan student Alyssa Eisenhauer.


For Eisenhauer, the day will represent a chance to discuss her project and her passion for interior design.

“I was really inspired by the beach,” she says of her home design. “That’s why I used blues, tans and corals for the interior colors. I hope the audience understands how you can combine sustainable features, universal design and functional living to create a home that can suit many generations."

Eisenhauer says she’s always been interested in organization and how interior spaces work.

“After taking some interior design classes, I knew that interior design was a path I wanted to take,” she says.

Oral presentations at the symposium will run from 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. in rooms throughout the Student Center, and poster presentations will also run in two groups, from 9 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. in Room 310 A and B in the Student Center.  A design expo will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in rooms 300 and 302 of the Student Center.

There is an app for the symposium. You can download the event's guidebook here: http://guidebook.com/g/yqgui7js

For additional information, please visit  https://www.emich.edu/symposium/



Geoff Larcom



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