Instructor Spotlight: Renee Azoulay

Successful, multi-disciplined, marketing/communications Professional with 30 years of experience across industries. Renee is a talented, high energy professional that combines a sharp strategic focus with a passion for what she does.

In addition to teaching at FIT, she heads up a boutique marketing/training agency, Diamond Edge Network. Previously at leading marketing/promotion companies, she brought in, developed and managed promotional campaigns for companies including the NBA, The U.S. Postal Service, Spalding, Revlon and MTV Networks (Nickelodeon).

After earning her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, Renee spent ten years in consumer research at the pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb s and the advertising agency BBDO.


Prof. Azoulay teaches:
HAC 066 Digital and Interactive Marketing: Who’s Watching You?

Teaching Philosophy:

My teaching philosophy is a “hands-on” approach to learning. I believe in my students’ ability to learn, but also to suggest, comment, question and most importantly contribute their ideas. My goal is to empower students and have them “absorb” the information rather than memorize it. With that in mind, my focus in class is to guide thinking and learning while at the same time encouraging active participation. I tend to create a relaxed environment with laughing and jokes so that we have fun too!

On Precollege Programs:

What a brilliant idea to explore a future career or interest now. Why wait! I think taking a Precollege course can jump-start a lifelong journey of success. Since enthusiasm is the main driver of my teaching style, I am delighted to bring this passion to high school students and spark interest for their future.

Industry Experience:

  • Head of Diamond Edge Network
  • As a motivational speaker, Renee has presented for leading organizations that include The NY Emmys, American Women in Radio & Television, Columbia University, the Professional Insurance Marketing Association, The Brand Activation Association (BAA, formerly the PMA), the eMarketing Association, the NY Builders Show, and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.
  • Promotional campaigns for NBA, The U.S. Postal Service, Spalding, Revlon and MTV Networks (Nickelodeon)

Instructor Spotlight: Margaret Bishop

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As a textile engineer, Prof. Bishop launched my career in textile manufacturing in the United States. Wanting to work overseas, she joined Peace Corps and served two years in West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer, consulting to local businesses on product and business development. Following her Peace Corps service, Prof. Bishop began consulting worldwide to  apparel and textile brands and manufacturers all over the world, working with village artisans and large factories producing garments and accessories for the US, European, Russian, and Japanese markets. In 2010 she moved to New York City, began teaching at FIT, and earned a Master’s degree in Global Fashion Management at FIT. She continues both teaching and consulting worldwide.

Prof. Bishop teaches:

Teaching Philosophy:
Every student brings a unique set of experiences, interests, and perspective to this class, with the potential to enrich the learning environment for everyone. I really like an interactive class, where students participate actively in class discussions, small group projects, and other class activities; and I work hard to ensure each and every student feels welcome and important in my class.

On Precollege Programs:
There’s no better way to get a taste of the college academic experience, build new knowledge and skills, make new friends, and exchange ideas with students from many different backgrounds, than FIT’s Precollege programs. Come. Learn. Enjoy.

Industry Experience:
As an Instructor at FIT, I have been teaching for credit courses, executive seminar courses, and Precollege courses for six years. As an industry consultant, I have been helping brands, factories, and artisans in more than 50 countries around the world to build stronger, more competitive businesses in the global textile and apparel industry. Most recently I have been consulting to jeans manufacturers in Serbia, feltmakers in Kyrgyzstan, and in April, I taught Global Apparel Sourcing to a group of university students in China.


Instructor Spotlight: Dennis Lee

Dennis Lee is an artist, design director, stylist, and the President of Tyler Hall, a wallcovering/fabric company that sells products internationally and domestically for almost 20 years. His art/design studio, Dennis Lee Inc. creates residential/contract fabrics, wallcoverings, carpets, and apparel prints and accessories. Professor Dennis Lee teaches in both the Textile/Surface Design majors and the Fabric Styling majors and is a graduate of FIT in Interior Design and SUNY Empire with a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Decorative Arts.


Professor Lee teaches: HFS182 Develop an Eye for Styling

Teaching Philosophy: I’ve always believed if you have been given the “artistic gene” then it is essential to yourself and your world that you create and cultivate that gift as much as possible. That’s why FIT has been a sanctuary for many of us as students and professors. The decorative arts, fashion, architecture, and fine arts have been one of the cornerstones of our culture since civilizations began. I impress upon my students the importance of design and how it makes us who we are.  Many creative skills can be developed with the guidance of dedicated professors and a continuous pursuit. I believe highly in exploring the artistic process for that’s when the best results are achieved.

On Precollege Programs: FIT’s precollege programs have been one of the highlights of my teaching career.  I’m so happy to be teaching my Bachelor Degree Textile/Fabric styling courses and see students who had gone through the precollege programs, planned and acquired their associates and then see them in my classes. Yes, they are usually the best students!  It’s amazing to get the training and exposure in the high school years from the FIT faculty because you develop your skillset as well as your confidence early on.


The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

Wallpaper WOW!

Fancy Free








Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:

Clients include Interior Designers and Design Companies:
French luxury House; Pierre Frey, Boussac and Braquenie, Vervain/Fabricut, Sherle Wagner, Dorothy Draper, Carleton V, and interior designers, Matthew Patrick Smythe, Victoria Hagen, and Bunny Williams.

“The 15th Pines Biennial Art Show”

NY Fire Island Arts Project, juried art show, Fire Island Pines, August 2015

“Home  Is Where The  Heart Is”  American Heart Association Designer Show Houses-Tyler Hall’s wallpapers showcased in these historic manor houses along with Designers NoliHahn. . April 2015 and Dec. 2013

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Style at Home
“At First Sight” Tyler Hall’s Sanctuary wallcovering graces the walls of this serene children’s nursery. Feb.2016

House Beautiful
“Fancy Free” Designer Elizabeth Pyne creates a NYC apt with Tyler Hall’s Follies, wallpaper. July/August 2015

World of Interiors
Roll Models” A selection of geometrically themed wallpapers featuring Encore by Tyler Hall. April 2015

Wall Wow” Cover photograph of Newsday LI Home, NY Now. Wallpaper Renaissance highlighting Tyler Hall’s Casa Di Whitney, Teahouse, and Follies. Romantic patterns in modern houses. April 2015 cover page

Architectural Digest
“True to the Past” Matthew Patrick Smyth designs 20th century Hamptons house featuring Tyler Hall’s Bloomsbury wallpaper. August 2014

Connecticut Cottages and Homes
Posh Wallpapers in Posh Hues” wallpapers from Tyler Hall’s; Fjord, Glacier. April 2014 cover photo