Interior Design College of Design

Denise A. Guerin, Ph.D.


Specialties & Expertise

  • Occupant Issues in Sustainable Buildings

  • Health, Safety, and Welfare by Interior Designers

  • Development of the Interior Design Profession

Course Titles (resident and outreach teaching)

  • IDes 1601 Interior Design Studio I

  • IDes 4196 Internship in DHA-Interior Design

  • IDes 4608 Interior Design Thesis

  • IDes 4615W Interior Design Research

  • DES 8112 Design Theory and Criticism      

Selected Scholarship

  • Guerin, D., Kulman Brigham, J., Kim, H-Y., Choi, S., & Scott, A. (2012). Post-occupancy evaluation of employees’ work performance and satisfaction as related to sustainable design criteria and workstation type. Journal of Green Building,7(4).

  • Guerin, D., Kim, H-Y., Kulman Brigham, J., Choi, S., & Scott, A. (2011). Thermal comfort, indoor airquality and acoustics: A conceptual framework for predicting occupant satisfaction in sustainable office buildings, International Journal of Sustainable Design,1(4), 348–360.

  • Guerin, D., Kim, H-Y., Kulman Brigham, J., Choi, S., & Scott, A. (2011). Development of a post-occupancy evaluation tool for designers to measure occupant satisfaction, performance, and well-being in sustainable buildings. Design at the Edge. Taipei, Taiwan: International Design Alliance, 252-256.

  • Guerin, D. (2011). Bucket List. Best of Show, Prevolv Panel Design Competition

  • Martin, C., & Guerin, D. (Eds.). (2010). The State of the Interior Design Profession.  New York: Fairchild Books.

  • Turpin, J., & Guerin, D., (2010). Women in interior design: The development of leaders. In K. O’Connor, (Ed.), Gender & Women’s Leadership: A Reference Handbook. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

  • Guerin, D. (2010). Redefining “qualified.” In C. Martin & D. Guerin (Eds.), The State of the Interior Design Profession. Essay in chapter 7.  New York: Fairchild Publications.

  • Guerin, D., & Kwon, Ja In. (2010). Welfare: Can you talk about your specialized knowledge? In C. Martin & D. Guerin, The State of the Interior Design Profession.  Essay in chapter 10.  New York: Fairchild Publications.

  • 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.

  • Lee, Y., & Guerin, D. (2010). Indoor environmental quality differences between office types in LEED-certified buildings in the US. Building and Environment, 45(5), 1104-1112.

Professional, Institutional, and Community Leadership and Service

  • Interior Design Educators Council, President, 2010-11

  • International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers

  • Design Frontiers: The Interiors Entity, Summit Participant, 2011

  • International Scientific Committee, 2010-2011

  • Global Interiors Education Open Forum (GIEOF), Co-Chair, 2012-2013

  • Commission for Academic Accreditation, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, United Arab Emirates, Site Visitor to Eight Interior Design Programs in the UAE (2003-2012)

  • Council for Interior Design Accreditation, Site Visitor and Team Chair



  • Admired Design Educator 2009 and 2011, Design Intelligence

  • Education Leadership Award, Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario, 2010

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, IIDA Northland Chapter, 2010

  • Fellow of the American Society of Interior Designers, 2009

  • American Society of Interior Designers, 2007 Educator of Distinction, National Chapter

  • Louis Tregue/NCIDQ Award for Outstanding Contribution to Interior Design Practice, 2003

  • American Society of Interior Designers, International, Presidential Award, 2003

  • Michael Tatum Excellence in Education Award, International Interior Design Association, 2002

  • Fellow of the Interior Design Educators Council, 1999 




Morse-Alumni Distinguished Professor Emerita

Interior Design Program

Principal, InformeDesign®


Ada Comstock Woman Scholar, 2013


Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel

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St. Paul, MN 55108-6136



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