Interior Design College of Design

Genell W. Ebbini



Specialties & Expertise

Assistant Professor Ebbini joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota in August 2017. Ebbini studies how to effectively apply sustainable ideologies in biophilia and regenerative design to create built environments that are environmentally responsive and healthy using evidence-based design predicated on systems thinking. Her research is interdisciplinary, transects professions, and academic disciplines.


Interior Design

  • Sustainability – LEED and LBC
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Biophilic Design
  • Regenerative Design – Whole Systems Thinking
  • Evidence-Based Design – Human Health and Wellbeing
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Design Education
  • Sustainable Resources


Global Design - Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) regions, Middle East and North African (MENA)

  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Consultancy
  • Sustainable Development and Resilient Urban Planning
  • Capacity Building – Sustainable Design
  • Interior Architecture
  • Faculty-Led Programs
  • Design Stewardship

Course Number and Titles (resident and outreach teaching)

  • IDES 3606 Interior Design Studio VI


Selected referred presentations

  • Ebbini, G., and Bochart, S. (2018) Redefining the Practice of Biophilic Design: Linking the Gaps. International Conference on Infrastructure and Construction. Dubai, UAE.
  • Ebbini, G., and Ryan, K. (2017) Ethnographic strategies: framework for sensemaking and creative synthesis in design studio. 2017 Interior Design Educators Council Conference Proceedings, Chicago, IL.
  • Chahan, S., Theodorson, J., Ebbini, G., and Chi, G. (2016) Hotel of the Future: Integrating Wellbeing, Sustainability, and Technology to Elevate Hotel Design. 2016 Interior Design Educators Council Conference Proceedings, Portland, OR.
  • Ebbini, G., and Ryan, K. (2016) Rural environment to global workplace: industry collaboration in interior design education. 2016 Washington State University Academic Showcase, Pullman, WA.
  • Chahan, S., Theodorson, J., Ebbini, G., and Chi, G. (2016) Hotel of the Future: Integrating Wellbeing, Sustainability, and Technology to Elevate Hotel Design. 2016 Environmental Design Research Association Annual Conference, Raleigh, NC.


technical reports and Non-refereed publications


Professional, Institutional, and Community Leadership and Service

  • LEED AP BD+C, LEED Accredited Professional Building Design and Construction, 2011 to date
  • Registered Interior Designer, Arkansas State (ASBALAID) #5233 (2008)
  • NCIDQ® Certificate Number 24359, The National Council for Interior Design Qualification, 2008 to date
  • LEED AP ID+C, LEED Accredited Professional, Interior Design and Construction, 2007 to date
  • International Living Future Institute, Cascadia Member, 2016 to date
  • CIDQ: Council for Interior Design Qualification Exam Ambassador, 2016 to date
  • IDEC: Interior Design Educators Council, Professional Member, 2012 to date
  • The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), Member, 2015 to date
  • Jordan GBC: Jordan Green Building Council, 2010 to date
  • IIDA: International Interior Design Associations, Professional Member #315251, 2008 to date 
  • USGBC: United States Green Building Council, 2005 to date
  • ASID: American Society of Interior Designers, Professional Member #1528422, 2001 to date                                                           


Assistant Professor

Interior Design Program



Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel

490 McNeal Hall

1985 Buford Ave.

St. Paul, MN 55108-6136



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