DAAP Alum Find ‘Dream’ Job in Disney
Leave it to Disney to invent a job description for “Imagineer”—creatives who invent and pioneer how the imagination comes to life. Then, leave it to UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) to produce talent fitting of such a role. One royal room at a time, alum Cathy Carver of Florida is making dreams come true for her and UC’s students, not to mention families around the globe.
It was a sunny day in Florida when around the corner came eight white ponies pulling Cinderella’s white coach at the Walt Disney World Resort. Inside were Jim and Lisa Fouch and their children, Brad and Hannah, all crying tears of joy and amazement after being handed the key to the brand new Cinderella Castle Suite inside Disney’s Magic Kingdom® Park. Disney’s brilliant The Year of A Million Dreams© promotion was filled with hundreds of random prizes—and the Fouches’ prize was to be the very first family to stay in the illustrious suite of Disney’s famous princess.
Standing proudly on stage to welcome the Fouch family to the castle was Cathy Carver, UC graduate (DAAP ‘80) and Principal Interior Designer for Walt Disney Imagineering. In addition to being the lead designer on the Cinderella Suite, Cathy also led design of the Royal Guest Rooms at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort—Riverside. Not surprisingly, Carver’s job description includes “designing quarters befitting of kings, queens, princes and princesses of every family.”