Native of Union City earns master’s degree
Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 6:00 pm
The Messenger 10.10.12
Dinah JoBeth Caudle, a 2002 graduate of Union City High School and the daughter of Terry and Glenda Caudle of Union City, recently received a master of fine arts degree in interior design from the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.
Ms. Caudle is a 2006 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin, where she received an undergraduate degree in interior design.
She was honored at graduation ceremonies for her 3.9 grade point average and received one of only two graduate student Outstanding Achievement Awards. She also claimed the only Faculty Award for Department Contribution given in the Interior Design department at SCAD.
Ms. Caudle was a student member of International Interior Design Association and was one of two graduate mentors in the Interior Design department. Faculty select these mentors to assist undergraduate students with school work, time management and other adjustments to academic and campus life.
Her thesis, which won high praise from professors in her department, focused on the children of Kong Toey, the largest slum in Bangkok, Thailand. Her goal was to offer a shelter where children from the slum could escape a culture that frequently involves them in transporting illegal drugs. The building she designed where children could safely study and learn marketable trades and skills focused on far more than the interior work normally associated with such thesis efforts.
She extended her interest and talents to encompass the architecture and engineering of the structure, as well. The structure was designed entirely using discarded or left over materials, with shipping containers serving as the primary building component and water bottles that had been trashed utilized as the light source. No electricity was used in the project, which also included a rainwater drainage and catchment system that permitted the building to supply its own water.
Ms. Caudle’s interest is in designing for social justice and she hopes to gain experience through employment in a commercial architecture firm, such as the Boston organization designing hospitals for the treatment of tuberculosis in Rwanda. In the future, she hopes to use her experience in a classroom setting at the college level.