Deborah Brooks

Interior design professor


  • B.S.H.E., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • M.S.H.E., University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Collaborating in the design and building of an AIA award-winning house on Tybee Island, Georgia, published in South Magazine in 2009

Awards, recognitions and honors

IDEC Regional Chair Award, IDEC Service to the Journal of Interior Design Award, IDEC First Place in Interior Design and Best of Show awards for Delta Gamma House Lounge, teaching awards at University of Kentucky and Washington State University


Interior Design Educators Council, International Interior Design Association, LEED AP: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Omicron Nu National Honor Society

Publications and Presentations


  • "Skins and Layers: Constructing Meaningful Concepts," Proceedings, Interior Design Educators Annual Conference, Atlanta 2010, pp. 314-317
  • "Student Assembly of a Personal Design Philosophy," with Helena Moussatche and Liset Robinson, Proceedings, Interior Design Educators Conference, Atlanta 2010, pp. 190-197
  • "Hsin in the Circuit of Eye and Hand," Journal of Interior Design, Volume 23, Number 2, 1997, Perspectives feature, pp. IV-1
  • "From Site to Spirit: A Theory for the Design of Interiors," Proceedings, Applied Research in Architecture and Planning Conference, Tucson, Arizona, 1996.
  • "Home: An Analysis of Cultural Fit," with Catherine Bicknell and JoAnn A. Thompson, Proceedings, International Federation for Housing and Planning, Accommodating Differences: International Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1995
  • "At Play with Ancient Principles and Essential Elements: A Process for Invoking Interiors with Sense of Place," Interior Design Educators Council Proceedings, Nashville, Tennessee, 1995
  • "The Practitioner/Professor Interface: The State of the Practice of Interior Design," with Henry Hildebrandt et al, Proceedings: International Conference on Culture and the Built Environment, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1993


  • "A Kentucky Tried Senior Project," IDEC International Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, 1981
  • "The Matrix: A Team Approach to Teaching," IDEC International Conference, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1979