Faculty research is disseminated through paper presentations at professional conferences and journal articles, and has been recognized by regional, national and international awards from such venues as the Independent (Lafayette’s weekly newspaper;, the international Solar Decathlon in Washington, DC; Popular Mechanics Magazine’s Best New Technologies for Greener Homes; and the Gorham P. Stevens Rome Prize for Architecture, to name a few.
The School of Architecture and Design (SOAD) faculty include architecture scholars who are dedicated to their roles as educators, and committed to continued, relevant research within the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and city and regional planning. Our regular faculty are augmented annually by lecturers and visiting professors, from the local community, the nation, and around the world.
The interior design program has a balanced staff of highly qualified designers, all of whom come from differing university and professional experience backgrounds. They represent ideas from various parts of the nation and the world. Among them are practicing interior designers, theoreticians, a textile expert, the history of interiors, researchers, artists in their own right, drawing and rendering experts, and educators who have specialties in such areas as historic preservation and furniture design.
The faculty members differ in gender, cultural background, and country of birth, design education, professional practice experience and special interest. The teaching styles of the instructors represent diverse approaches based on a wide range of design background and experience. The faculty believes their greatest strengths are in their team work, uniqueness and diversity; a perfect fit for our culturally diverse student population. All of the interior design faculty members at the School of Architecture and Design (SOAD) have the academic and professional experience appropriate to their teaching specialty. As interior design faculty, we work as a team, committed to excellence in design.
The industrial design program focuses on teaching the skills and knowledge required to facilitate product design for manufacturing industries. The Industrial Design Department provides a high quality experiential learning environment to produce graduates who are critical thinkers and innovative problem solvers with a refined sense of aesthetics, technology and culture. Our industrial design faculty have worked with the military, medical professionals, and the Mustang.
The department collaborates with the professional community to augment the development of skills, knowledge and dispositions that enable graduates to immediately function as entry-level professional industrial designers.
SOAD staff members are dedicated to supporting the School's central mission of education. The staff provides a comprehensive set of services for our students, including academic advising assistance, tech support, scholarships, communications and alumni relations.