Helena Moussatché

Interior design professor


  • B.Arch., Instituto Bennett, 1976
  • M.Ed., Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, 1993
  • Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, 1997


Co-principal investigator, "Life Cycle Cost Guidelines for Materials and Building Systems for Florida's Public Educational Facilities: Interior Finishes and Substrates Section," $150,000 grant sponsored by the State of Florida Department of Education

Awards, recognitions and honors

Teacher of the Year, College of Design, Construction and Planning, University of Florida; Literati Club/Emerald (UK) Awards for Excellence; Outstanding Paper "Flooring Materials: Life Cycle Costing for Educational Facilities"; Regional Chair Award; Best Paper at 2001 IDEC International Conference: "Assessing the Service Life Cycle Costs of Interior Materials Through Collaboration;" Inductee to International Design Educators Council Academy of Reviewers


Journal of Interior Design, Board of Reviewers; Council for Interior Design Accreditation Commission; Interior Design Educators Council; Instituto de Arquitetos do Brasil; Associacao Brasileira de Pesquisa em Educacao; Visiting Board in Architectural Theory and Research, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Publications and Presentations


  • Weaver, C. et al. "Paths from Practice to Teaching," whitepaper for the Interior Design Educators Council website, 2011
  • with Brooks, D., "Student assembly of a personal interior philosophy: a constructive pedagogy," Proceedings of the 2009 ACSA Regional Conference, Savannah, Georgia, 2009
  • Book chapter: "Specification of Products for Environmentally Responsible Interior Design," Louise Jones (Org.) Environmentally Responsible Design. New York: Wiley, pp. 289-333, 2008
  • with Languell, J., "Life-cycle Costing of Interior Materials for Florida's Schools," Journal of Interior Design v. 28; n.2; Pp. 37-49, 2002
  • with Alves-Mazzotti, A. J. and Mazzotti, T. B., "A Arquitetura Escolar como Representação Social de Escola. [Brazilian School Architecture as Social Representation of School]. In: V. Del Rio, C. R. Duarte & P. A. Rheingantz (Orgs.) Projeto do Lugar: a colaboração entre a psicologia, a arquitetura e o urbanismo [Project of Place: the Collaboration among Psychology, Architecture and Urbanism]. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Pp. 143-152, 2002
  • with King, J., "Reason or Folly? Interior Designers' Process of Choosing Interior Finish Materials," Interiors & Sources Magazine. September 2002, pp. 76-79
  • with Languell, J., "Flooring Materials: Life Cycle Costing for Educational Facilities," Facilities, UK. 19 (10) pp. 333-343, 2001


  • "Student Assembly of a Personal Design Philosophy: a Constructive Pedagogy for Interior Design Online Education," Designs for e-Learning Conference, Savannah, Georgia
  • "From School Houses to Government Logos: The Meanings of Brazilian Public School's Architecture," Society of Architectural Historians 54th Annual Meeting. Toronto, Canada, 2001
  • "Assessing the Service Life Cycle Costs of Interior Materials through Collaboration," IDEC International Conference, Chicago, Illinois, 2001