Meet the Faculty
Elsa Torres (Assistant Professor/INTD Coordinator)Business, Design and Workforce - Interior Design Dept./A.S.I.D.
Elsa came to Cañada College in January of 2011 as a full-time faculty member. She teaches Interior Architectural Drawing, Introduction to Interior Design, Space Planning and Design, Commercial Design, the Sustainable Design courses, as well as overseeing the Interior Design Interns. Elsa is a Certified Green Building Professional working on expanding the Sustainable Design course offerings and certificate program. She regularly attends update seminars and conferences in this area. Elsa previously taught Interior Design courses at Santa Rosa Junior College where she also developed their Green/Sustainable Design Certificate program proposal. As a practicing interior designer, Elsa is part of the professional design group Interior Design Associates (IDA), has several design projects in progress, including a green design project for Cañada in collaboration with two former students, and has worked with other designers in the area.
Sarah Cravy (Assistant Professor)Business, Design and Workforce - Interior Design
Sarah, a California Licensed Architect, uses 15 years of experience in project management and design to bring projects from the initial conceptual design through the production of final permit documents. She obtains building and planning approvals from city, county, and state departments. Sarah teaches Residential and Commercial Construction.
Anna Harrison (Assistant Professor)Business, Design and Workforce - Interior Design
Anna Harrison, ASID, LEED AP is an award winning interior designer and educator with over 25 years of combined design and teaching experience. During her professional interior design career Anna worked on a wide variety of project types including commercial tenant improvements, healthcare, high-end custom residential, construction and remodeling, kitchen and bath, and hospitality design. As an educator, Anna is devoted to incorporating the principles of sustainable design into all aspects of design curriculum. Her teaching style emphasizes team based peer to peer learning that is research intensive with a strong grounding in practical application of interior design principles, methods and applicable codes and regulations. She teaches Materials and Finishes.
Denny Holland (Assistant Professor)Business, Design and Workforce - Interior Design
Denny, a graduate of the Cañada Interior Design program, has a fine arts background and teaches the Presentation Techniques classes. He combines his fine art and painting expertise with Interior Design.
Anjana Joshi (Assistant Professor)Business, Design and Workforce - Interior Design
Anjana, with expertise in creative thinking and conceptual design, teaches Critical Thinking for Interior Design.
Hilda Moattar (Assistant Professor)Business, Design and Workforce - Interior Design
Hilda Moattar, LEED GA, IIDA Associate, Allied ASID has an A.S. Degree and an Interior Design Certificate from West Valley College. She also has a Bachelor degree in healthcare. She has worked as a freelance designer and has taught SketchUp workshops in Bay Area Colleges. Her passions and interests in Interior Design field are: Space planning, SketchUp 3D modeling, photo realistic rendering, and graphic techniques. She teaches INTD 360- CAD Applications for Interior Designers.
Sharon, a graduate of the Cañada Interior Design program, teaches Introduction to Interior Design and Professional Practices. Her areas of expertise are business practices and architecture of the early 20th Century.