Category: Interior Design


  • Escape Space

    Each year we try to highlight projects from some of our student capstone and thesis courses. Recent graduate from interior design, Elise McQueen, considered the current climate of the pandemic and the effects of social distancing for her final project “Escape Space.”    Project Description Escape Space is located in downtown Indianapolis and will serve […]

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  • Furniture Design Excites Judges

    Interior design students took part in a furniture competition as part of Associate Professor Reza Ahmadi’s IDES 320 Furniture Design course in spring semester. Purposeful Design and the Indiana Chapter ASID sponsored the competition which was judged on production and construction details, aesthetics, marketability, and incorporation of critique comments.  Margaret Carter of Purposeful Design and […]

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  • Autism Research Reaches Student From Turkey

    The Department of Construction Management and Interior Design has welcomed a visiting scholar from Turkey to study with Shireen Kanakri, PhD, in the Health Environmental Design Research Lab she runs. Merve Kavaz is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey, who received a scholarship […]

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  • Interior Design Students Research, Design, and Implement Plans for TherAplay Foundation

    Dr. Shireen Kanakri, associate professor of interior design, has been teaching a multi-phase immersive learning course for the Children’s TherAplay Foundation in Carmel to help children with disabilities. The TherAplay program provides children with special needs innovative therapies, including equine-assisted physical and occupational therapies, for children with diagnoses such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, […]

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  • Ball State Interior Design Summer High School Workshop

    The Interior Design Summer Workshop had a record breaking enrollment this year with twenty five participants. The program gives students a great opportunity to experience interior design firsthand. At completion, students have a portfolio of work which is a required component of the application process in many accredited interior design programs. After participating in the […]

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  • Interior Design Student Proposes New Space for Theatre and Dance

    Interior Design senior, Natalie Hopf  ’20, created a proposed design for the educational spaces of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Ball State. Her project addresses the current facility with a sizable addition to the north side of the building. The design includes the localization of all departmental spaces into one building, the creation of […]

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  • Shireen Kanakri Designs with a Cause

    Dr. Shireen Kanakri, associate professor of interior design in the R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning, researches a little known area—how environmental factors like acoustics, color, and lighting affect children with autism. She uses that knowledge as she mentors students in immersive learning projects, such as assisting an organization that serves children with […]

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  • Shireen Kanakri and the Healthy Autism Design Lab

    Dr. Shireen Kanakri is leading the Healthy Autism Design Lab. Located in the Applied Technology College building, the lab creates different sensory effects to help researchers observe children’s reactions to different environments. Several CAP undergraduates are assisting her research, as well as an undergraduate psychological science student and an audiology doctoral student. In the last […]

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