Kathleen Gibson


Kathleen Gibson

Associate Professor
2411 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Phone: (607) 255-1959 Fax: (607) 255-0305
Email: kjg4@cornell.edu
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Curriculum Vitae
Biographical Statement:

Professor Gibson, an Associate Professor in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, is a design educator. She practiced contract interior design for seven years before joining the academy. Evidence of her professional work has been featured in trade publications and earned national award recognition. Prior to Cornell, she taught at Washington State University.

Her expertise is in computer-aided design (CAD) where she investigates the effect of digital media on creativity, studio processes, and decision-making. She co-manages the Intypes Teaching and Research Project, which illuminates contemporary practices that have not been named, generates a design-specific vocabulary, produces a new knowledge base from practice-led research and disseminates this through an open database: intypes.cornell.edu.

Current Professional Activities:

Gibson is currently a site visitor for the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. She is the former e-editor of the Journal of Interior Design.

Current Research Activities:

Professor Gibson investigates a wide range of topics dealing with computer-aided design (CAD) and human behavior. Studies include the relationship between physical and virtual wayfinding, designing offline space using online navigational data, and interactive exhibitions. A second area of investigation centers on design and archetypical practices. Along with Emeritus Professor Jan Jennings, Gibson manages the Intypes (Interior Archetypes) Research and Teaching Project at Cornell. The Project creates a typology of contemporary practices that have not been named, generates a design-specific vocabulary and produces a new knowledge base from practice-led research. Research is disseminated through a free and open searchable web database: intypes.cornell.edu.

Current Public Engagement Activities:

Contributed to Intypes website for use by practitioners and educators. Authored CEU for interior design practitioners.

  • MA 1990 - Industrial Design, Ohio State University
  • BA 1983 - Interior Design, Kent State University

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Selected Publications:

Gibson, K. (2015). The Digital and Interactive Interior (Blossom and Thompson, Eds.). In The Handbook of Interior Design. Wiley-Blackwell Publications.

Gibson, K. (2014). "Archetypical Interior Practices: Sustainability in Retail Practices." Proceedings of the 2014 International Symposium: Re-Designing Buildings, Seoul, Korea.

Gibson, K. (2012). “Building community 2.0: Millennials and the changing face of design education.” Proceedings of the Interior Design Educators Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Gibson, K. (2010). “Imaginary architectures, overseas Chinese and the Mingshi Lou.” Proceedings of the IDEA Symposium, Brisbane, Australia.

Gibson, K. (2007). "Automated creativity: Digital morphology and the design process." Journal of Interior Design.

Jung, J.W. and Gibson, K. (2006). The use of landmarks in fire emergencies: a study of gender and the descriptive quality of landmarks on successful wayfinding. Journal of Interior Design.

Gibson, K. (2003). “Spatial mapping: connections between virtual and physical navigation.”
Proceedings of the eCAADe Conference, Graz, Austria.

Dong, W, and Gibson, K. (2001). Arquitectura y Diseno por Computadora. Mexico:McGraw-Hill.

Gibson, K. (2001). "Byte-minded", Interiors and Sources.

Gibson, K. (2000). "Convergent and Divergent Thinking with CAD". Journal of Design Communication.

Gibson, K. (2000). "Cyber-ideation and its application for creative problem solving." Proceedings of the Symposium on Systems Research in the Arts, 12th International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics, and Cybernetics, Baden-Baden, Germany.

Selected Keywords:
design, interior design, digital media, intypes, CAD, computer-aided design

The information on this bio page is taken from the CHE Annual Report.