“We love not so much what we’ve acquired as what we have made and who we have made it with.”
I have long had a passion for design, particularly the creative process involving creative seeing, creative thinking and making. I have studied the topic from perspectives of adult learning, lifespan development with older adults, professional career development of interior architectural designers, and through the element of environmental color and place design. The scholarship was instrumental in my teaching whether Fundamentals of Design, Three-Dimensional Design, Environmental Color or seminars on Creativity and Design. Significant to me after using various methods of inquiry to study creativity in design, I now hold that narrative inquiryis a best method to study and analyze its reality. Narratives—the stories of designers, clients, users and design projects– offer ways to tap the authenticity and truth involved, revealing makers of what is memorable in the process and the experience of place.
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Former Associate Dean of Academic Affairs under Dean Robin Douthitt
IDEC Past President and Chair of Board
Former Trustee of FIDER (now CIDA)
IDEC Arnold Friedmann Educator of Distinction for 2014