Interior Design Faculty
Assistant Professor of Interior Design
Kevin Woolley is an award-winning interior designer having completed commercial projects encompassing over 2 million square feet of interior space. From globalization to ethics, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the classroom. Kevin has held previous academic appointments at Utah State University and Virginia Commonwealth University’s branch campus in Qatar. Whether it is creating shelters for victims of natural disasters to designing five-star corporate headquarters, his classes engage students in project scenarios that are challenging, socially relevant, and align with a strategic global perspective.
Kevin’s research focuses on the intersections of knowledge, design, and society. His process-driven approach centers on early designer’s use of creative intelligence to solve complex problems. Kevin’s objective is to reexamine a 21st-century design curriculum by looking at “What is being taught?”, “How is it being taught?”, and “What are the outcomes?” within the context of trans-disciplinary competencies and opportunities. Read More.
Assistant Professor of Interior Design
Barb Young, RID, LEED AP, is an NCIDQ certified Interior Designer, registered in the State of Indiana, and LEED Accredited Professional with practice experience in commercial and education environments. Barb brings extensive teaching experience in Interior Design to Purdue from the University of Kentucky and Indiana University where she served as a Senior Lecturer.
Barb is an educator dedicated to instilling the positive impact that interior design contributes to people and places through evidence-based, socially responsible, process. She is dedicated to the advancement of the profession through her continued service as a site visitor for the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and active memberships in the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) and International Interior Design Association (IIDA). Barb’s research interests include exploring participatory design process for community environments through inter-disciplinary practice and community engagement.
Assistant Professor of Practice
Laura Bittner has been on the faculty of Interior Design at Purdue University since 1995. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Practice in Interior Design and Coordinator of the Interior Design Internship Program. She earned her BA in Interior Design from Purdue University in 1986 and her MA in Interior Design from Purdue University in 2003.
She is the owner of Laura Bittner Design where she consults on interior design projects, including residential and small commercial projects such as Evan Todd Salon and Spa in West Lafayette, IN. Her specialty is interior space planning.
Prior to 1995, she worked for Office Works, Inc (Herman Miller Dealer) in Indianapolis, IN and the Plumbery, a Kitchen and Bath Showroom, in Sacramento, CA. Ms. Bittner has taught undergraduate Interior Design Studio courses, History of Interior Design and Interior Design Materials and Components, at the sophomore, junior, and senior level. Read More.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Mary Kennell has her Master’s of Architecture degree from Ball State University, where her love of cultural issues in the built environment first began. She traveled to Dubai, U.A. in order to develop a program and facility for educating, protecting, and housing those most vulnerable for her thesis. She also worked on a project that was presented at the EDRA42 Chicago conference in 2011 for its use of sustainable ideas and 0 net carbon footprint. From there, she worked at a full service architecture firm in West Lafayette, Indiana, where she was able to have her hands on many different types of projects and expand her professional experience. One project worth noting dealt with some critical social issues. It was shelter for children rescued from human trafficking. The project brought lots of insight to social issues and how the built environment can have a direct impact on people. She loves to learn about new technologies available to help create a better built environment, for people and the earth.
Assistant Professor of Design History
Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler is an Assistant Professor of Design History in the department of Art and Design. Her research focuses broadly on ordinary spaces and objects in the context of everyday life, and her current project is about the progressive origins and emerging problems of the American open plan office (“office cubicles”) in the late 20th century. Kaufmann-Buhler has presented her research at various national conferences and is currently in the process of developing several articles as well as a book on her open plan office research. She earned her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Design Studies, her MA in the History of Design from the Royal College of Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum, and her BA in American Culture from Vassar College. [read more]
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