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Nancy Chwiecko
585 Honeoye Falls Five Points Road
Honeoye Falls, NY 14472

Seminar Topics and/or Area of Specialty

  • Designing Homes with Dogs in Mind
  • Designing both Indoor and Outdoor Spaces
  • Sustainable Design: Health and Safety for dogs
  • Collecting Antique Dog Photographs


Nancy Chwiecko is an Associate Professor of Interior Design in the School of Design at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, NY. She has been teaching since 1989. In 2004-05 RIT awarded her a sabbatical for research on "Living with Pets: Designing Interior Space with Animals in Mind."

She has presented her ideas on "Designing Homes with Dogs in Mind" to dog groups and organizations. In 2010, Nancy co-authored the book "There's a Dog in the House: A Practical Guide for Creating Today's Dog Friendly Home" In addition to teaching, Nancy maintains an interior design consulting practice.

In 1992 Nancy and her husband Richard Tannen, Professor, School for American Craftsmen at RIT, designed and built their own home and studio in a rural location near Rochester. They share their home with two dogs: a Doberman Pinscher, and Shetland Sheepdog.

Nancy also trains and competes in agility and assists with classes at Chance of a Lifetime Dog Training.

Recent Workshops

  • September 2-5, 2011-- "Living with Dogs" and "Collecting Antique Dog Photographs", Camp Unleashed, Becket, MA
  • July 14, 2011 -- "Designing Homes with Dogs in Mind," Dog Obedience Training Club of Rochester New York

Past Workshops

  • "Designing Homes with Dogs in Mind,"Camp Unleashed, Becket, MA
  • The National Dog Conference, Morristown, NJ
  • The National Dog Conference, Ithaca, NY
  • Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester, Fairport,
  • "Collecting Antique Dog Photographs," Camp Unleashed, Becket, MA

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