Jan Jennings, a Professor in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, is a multi-disciplinarian by education, training and work experience in the fields of interior design, historic preservation and urban planning. From 1969 to 1973 she was one of three principal planners with the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission who directed the preparation of the Comprehensive Plan update (Vision 2000) and designed and administered the citizen participation element of the Plan revision. She opened and directed Oklahoma’s first city-supported preservation office for the City of Tulsa. From 1979 to 1993, Jennings was a principal in the historic preservation firm Jennings.Gottfried.Cheek. In 1991 Jennings studied at the Winterthur Museum and Library as a Benno M. Forman Fellow. Prior to Cornell Jennings taught interior design at Iowa State University in the Department of Art, College of Design.
Jennings' research interests focus on ordinary American buildings and interiors, as well as contemporary interior design history, theory and criticism. In 2007 she was awarded a Faculty Innovation Grant for the Interior Archetypes Research and Teaching Project.
At Cornell, in addition to the field of Design and Environmental Analysis, Jennings belongs to the graduate fields of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.
Gottfried, Herbert and Jan Jennings. American Vernacular Buildings and Interiors, 1870-1960. New York: W.W. Norton, 2009.
Jennings, Jan. Cheap and Tasteful Dwellings: Practical Architects and The Convenient Interior, 1879-1909. Knoxville, Tenn.: University of Tennessee Press, 2005.
Jennings, Jan, ed. Roadside America: The Automobile in Design and Culture. Ames, Iowa: Iowa State University Press, 1993.
Jan Jennings and Herbert Gottfried. American Vernacular Interior Architecture, 1870-1940. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1988; rpt. Iowa State University Press, 1993.
Gottfried, Herbert and Jennings, Jan. American Vernacular Design, 1870-1940. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985; rpt. Iowa State University Press, 1988.
Recent Refereed Article
Jennings, Jan. "Le Corbusier's ‘Naked': ‘Absolute Honesty' and (Exhibitionist) Display in Bathroom Settings." Interiors: Design, Architecture and Culture 2, no. 3 (2011): 307-32.
Recent Lectures & Seminars
Jennings, Jan. “The Intypes Project: Knowledge Derived from Practice.” University of Oregon, Eugene OR, 2014.
Jennings, Jan and Herbert Gottfried. “A Conversation About Vernacular Architecture from 1870 to 1960.” University of Oregon, Eugene OR, 2014.
Jennings, Jan, Paula Horrigan, Leah Scolere. Seminar, “Producing a Body of Knowledge from the Creative Dimension of Design—Research, Naming, Branding.” Environmental Design and Research Association, Providence RI, 2013.
Jan Jennings. Chris Salmon Professorship Series, “Archetypes and Strategies Embedded in the History of Interior Design.” Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, 2012.