Deborah La Mar Brooks

Deborah La Mar Brooks

Deborah La Mar Brooks

  • B.S.H.E., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1972
  • M.S.H.E., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1975
First year at SCAD:

"After practicing design for a few years I decided to return to school for a master's degree in interior design. I enjoyed practicing design but felt that I might prefer teaching it. With degree complete, I took a two-year appointment as an entry-level instructor at Texas Tech University. Teaching won me over, and I have risen through the faculty ranks at multiple universities to attain multiple tenures and the ultimate rank of full professor. The exposure to learning and learners and the opportunities to engage students in developing their own design skills and talents continues to inspire me. Each term starts anew, each year offers challenges and possibilities. I am most satisfied with teaching graduate classes at SCAD but also enjoy the first undergraduate studio's enthusiasm for everything new in design. I enjoy curriculum development and gaining knowledge about learning and teaching."


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

Awards, recognition 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

Previous Positions

Founder of interior design program and full professor/program director, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia; tenured full professor and interim department head at Washington State University, Pullman, Washington; tenured associate professor of interior design, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas; invited visiting professor, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona; tenured associate professor interior design, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky; two-year appointment as instructor of interior design at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Courses Taught

  • INDS 101 Introduction to Interior Design
  • INDS 102 Form, Space and Order
  • INDS 110 Interior Design Studio I
  • INDS 204 Rendering for the Interior
  • INDS 209 Interior Materials I
  • INDS 321 Interior and Exterior Illustration
  • INDS 405 Portfolio Preparation
  • INDS 702 Interior Design Seminar
  • INDS 706 Interior Design Theory and Criticism
  • INDS 708 Graduate Rendering for the Interior
  • INDS 709 Research Methods in Interior Design
  • INDS 712 Interior Design Studio I
  • INDS 718 Graduate Interior and Exterior Illustration
  • INDS 740 Contemporary Issues in Interior Design
  • INDS 779T Graduate Teaching Internship