Kathleen Gibson
Kathleen Gibson
Professor Emeritus
Human Centered Design

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.

DEA 6100: Studies in Design Thinking

DEA 2201: Magnifying Small Spaces Studio

DEA 3302: Sustainable Consumerism: The New Retail

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.

Gibson is currently a site visitor for the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. 

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

1990, MA, Industrial Design, Ohio State University

1983, BA, Interior Design, Kent State University

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