Clinical Assistant Professor, Interior Design
Phone: (509) 335-3815
Office: Daggy 303
Kathleen Ryan’s scholarship interests include: design of interiors that support informal learning; design innovation through trans-disciplinary collaboration; and building rural communities through participatory design to integrate University and Community engagement in design decision-making.
This scholarship is pursued through these avenues:
Investigation of collaboration during the design process approached through the lens of scaffolded (built upon) learning beginning at the early stages of development of life skills by children, to pursuit as youth and young adult, and as adults.
Using design activities to identify the structure of cross-disciplinary collaborative activities. This framework advances understanding of group processes during design activities. Understanding these results influences evolution of design collaboration strategies to implement in early education, university academics and in practice.
Understanding the nature of collaboration within the design disciplines, and during group processes with cross-disciplines in design thinking activities. Focus on understanding collaboration as a transferable concept drives this work with design disciplines in research, academics and practice. Current collaborations are in progress with faculty and students in interior design, landscape architecture, kinesiology, math, physics, biology, geology, chemistry and environmental sciences.
Master of Arts, Washington State University, Concentration: Interior Design, Thesis: Sketching and Creativity of Interior Design Students
Bachelor of Science, Cornell University, Design and Environmental Analysis
Associate of Arts, University of Montana, Fine and Applied Arts
School of Design + Construction
Washington State University
100 Dairy Road
PO Box 642220
Pullman , WA 99164-2220