Liset Robinson

Liset Robinson

Liset Robinson

  • B.S., architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1983
  • M.Arch., architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1985
First year at SCAD:

It is extremely rewarding to take part in a student's development, watch the learning curve in action, and have my students surpass my expectations. The most inspirational moments are when work accomplished in the classroom - employing student research, teamwork and creativity - begins to improve the lives of others. This in turn enhances the classroom experience and fuels our passion for the field of design.


Community projects including the Zaban Couples Center. This project began as a class project in my SCAD Graduate Studio III and became a remodeling project with the International Interior Design Associates, Georgia. It led to more than $90,000 worth of donations and 22 completed resident rooms.

Served as Co-Leader of the Committee for a Conceptual Sustainable Study of a Park and Recreation Center for the City of Atlanta. Project teams consisted of more than 33 members from the American Institute of Architects, Atlanta; American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning, Atlanta; American Society of Landscape Architects, Georgia; American Society of Professional Estimators, Georgia; Construction Specifications Institute, Atlanta; International Interior Design Associates, Georgia; and U.S. Green Building Council, Georgia. The renovation budget was $900,000 and the sustainable recommendations will serve as guidelines for all recreation centers and city parks in Atlanta.

Awards, recognition and honors

Winner of the Dedicated Service Award for Zaban Couples Center, 2011; named one of the Interior Design Educators of the Year by DesignIntelligence, 2007; named one of the Distinguished Faculty of the Year by Savannah College of Art and Design, 2008; appeared in the Atlantan Magazine and Atlanta Magazine, as well as the SCAD Chronicle; winner of the Ralph Leben Prize, 1983; winner of the Masonry Institute of Atlanta Scholar Award for one-year study abroad at the Ecole Des Beaux Arts, 1982-83.


American Institute of Architects, American Society of Interior Designers, International Interior Design Associates, Interior Design Educators, U.S. Green Building Council, LEED AP.

Publications and presentations

  • "Student Assembly of a Personal Design Philosophy," co-authored paper with professors Helena Moussatche and Deborah Brooks, presented at the IDEC 2010 Conference and 2010 Designs on eLearning Conference
  • "How Participatory Design Methodologies Can be Used to Engage Children and Adolescents in the Design Process," co-authored and presented at the FSU Art and Design for Social Justice Symposium, Jan. 2012
  • "How Participatory Design Methodologies Can Be Used in a Cyclical Manner to Promote Positive User-Centric Interior Design Solutions," co-authored and presented at the FSU Art and Design for Social Justice Symposium, Jan. 2012
  • "Social Justice Projects as a Means of Connection: Bringing Together Students the Department and Professionals," co-authored and presented at the FSU Art and Design for Social Justice Symposium, Jan. 2012

Previous Positions

Dean of the School of Interior Design, American InterContinental University; president, Liset Arza Robinson + Associates; principal, Robinson + Hicks Architects; project manager, Joseph Perry Associates, Architects, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia; project designer and job captain, Urban Concepts, Architects, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia; intern architect, Southeast Energy Technical Corporation, Atlanta, Georgia

Courses Taught


  • DRAW 115 Graphics for Building Arts
  • INDS 102 Form, Space and Order
  • INDS 209 Interior Materials
  • INDS 210 Interior Design Studio II
  • INDS 220 Building Construction and Systems for the Interior
  • INDS 302 Lighting for the Interior
  • INDS 320 Interior Design Studio III
  • INDS 350 Interior Design Studio IV
  • INDS 470 Interior Design Studio V
  • INDS 480 Interior Design Studio VI


  • INDS 702 Interior Design Seminar
  • INDS 706 Interior Design Theory and Criticism
  • INDS 712 Interior Design Studio I
  • INDS 714 Interior Design Studio II
  • INDS 722 Applied Interior Lighting
  • INDS 740 Contemporary Issues in Interior Design
  • INDS 751 Interior Design Studio III
  • INDS 779T Graduate Teaching Internship