Interior Design College of Design
Caren S. Martin

Caren S. Martin


NCIDQ Certificate #2216


Specialties & Expertise

  • Evidence-based design

  • Professionalzation of interior design and legal recognition of the profession

  • The interior design profession's body of knowledge

  • Learning environments for children with autism

Course Titles (resident and outreach teaching)

Selected Scholarship

  • Martin, C. (2017). Exploration of evidence-based design (EBD) project approach across the graduate curriculum. Accepted for presentation at the Interior Design Educators Council International Conference. Chicago, IL. (in-press)

  • Martin, C. (2014). Implementation of evidence-based design (EBD) by non-healthcare design practitioners. ArchNet: International Journal of Architectural Research, 8(3), 165-180.

  • Martin, C. (2014). Exploring the impact of the design of the physical classroom environment on young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Journal of Research in Special Education Needs (JORSEN). doi: 10.1111/1471-3802.12092.

  • Martin, C. (2014). Establishing classroom design criteria for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Presentation at the Interior Design Educators Council International Conference. New Orleans, LA. Available at

  • Freihoefer, K., Guerin, D., Martin, C., Kim, H-Y., Brigham, J. (2013). Occupants’ satisfaction with, and physical readings of, thermal, acoustic, and lighting conditions of sustainable office workspaces. Indoor and Built Environment, 16.

  • Guerin, D., & Martin, C. (2010). The interior design profession’s body of knowledge and its relationship to health, safety, and welfare. Indianapolis, IN: Council for Interior Design Accreditation, American Society of Interior Designer, Interior Designers of Canada, International Interior Design Association, and the National Council for Interior Design Qualification. (Co-author).

  • Trzpuc, S., & Martin, C. (2010). Application of space syntax theory in the study of medical-surgical nursing units in urban hospitals. Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 4(1), 34-55.

  • Martin, C., & Kroelinger, M. (2010). 2009 accreditation requirements: Comparison of CIDA and NAAB. Journal of Interior Design, 35(2), ix-xxxii. (Co-author).

  • Martin, C., & Guerin, D. (2010, February). The state of the interior design profession. New York: Fairchild Books. (ISBN 978-56367-920-9).

  • Martin, C., & Freihoefer, K. (2010). Evidence-based design (EBD) in the design firm and the classroom. Proceedings of the 2010 International Invitation Exhibition Works, Korean Institute of Interior Design, (p. 51). Seoul, Korea.

  • Martin, C. (2009). The challenge of integrating evidence-based design. Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 2(3), 29-50.

  • Martin, C. (2008). Rebuttal to the Institute for Justice report entitled “Designing cartels, how industry insiders cut out competition.” Journal of Interior Design, 33(3), 1-49.

Professional, Institutional, and Community Leadership and Service

  • Martin & Guerin Design Research, LLC, Principal, 2013-present.

  • InformeDesign, LLC, Co-creator and Principal, 2001-present.

  • Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ), Board of Directors, 2015-2017, 2017-2019.

  • Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) representative to the National Academy of Environmental Design (NAED), 2011-2014.

  • Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), Legislative Liaison to the Board of Directors, 20 07-2014.

  • Journal of Interior Design (JID), Academic ad hoc reviewer, 2007 – present.

  • Minnesota Interior Design Legislative Action Committee (MIDLAC), Steering Committee, Member, 2002 –2014.

  • American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) National Legislative and Codes Advisory Council, 2009-2011.

  • Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), Board of Visitors, 2001-2010.

  • College of Design Honors and Awards Committee, Chair, 2011-2012.

  • College of Design Centers Policy and Advisory Committee, Member-at-Large, 2008-2010.

  • Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience, and Interior Design (AELSLAGID) Certified Interior Designer Board Member (2000-2008); Rules Committee Member, 2000-2008, chair, 2001, 2006; Classes of Buildings Sub-committee Member, 2004; Board Delegate to NCIDQ, 2000-2007.

  • College of Design Constitution Task Force, DHA member, 2006-2008.


  • Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit Award for outstanding support of the interior design profession, American Society of Interior Designers, 2016

  • Certificate of Appreciation, Council for Interior Design Qualification, 2014

  • IFI 50 Must Read Must Have Books for The State of the Interior Design Profession (Martin & Guerin, Fairchild) by the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers, 2013.

  • Honorary Inductee, Academy of Reviewers, Interior Design Educators Council, 2013.

  • Louis Tregre Award by the Council for Interior Design Qualification in recognition of outstanding service at the grassroots level in support of NCIDQ’s mission to protect the health, life safety and welfare of the public, 2012.

  • Service Award for Significant Contributions to the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), Author of 2010 Education Resolution, 2012.

  • Education Leadership Award, Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO), 2010.

  • Finalist for the Interior Design Educators Council Award of Excellence – Best Presentation, IDEC Annual Conference, 2010.

  • Nomination for College of Design Outstanding Outreach Award, 2010.

  • Presidential Citation, American Society of Interior Designers, 2003, 2008.


Associate Professor Emerita

Principal, InformeDesign®



Curriculum Vitae

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