Meldrena Chapin

Interior design professor

Education

  • B.A., architecture and sociology, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, 1993
  • B.Arch., architecture, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, 1994
  • M.A., gerontology, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, 1998
  • Ph.D., architecture, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 2008

Credentials

Working collectively with Dr. Deepak Chopra, Michael Meade, Sobonfu Some, Coleman Barks, Charles Vess, Honora Foah, Michael Karlin, and many others in creating the Mythic Journeys 2006 - a multi-day experience focused on how every life has a story and the power of story to change the world.

Awards, recognitions and honors

American Institute of Architects/Academy of Architecture for Health Arthur N. Tuttle Graduate Fellowship in Health Care Design, 2004-2005; University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Dissertation Fellowship, 2004-2005; University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Graduate Student Chancellor's Award, 2003-2004

Organizations

Environmental Design Research Association, Friends of Kebyar, Interior Design Educators Council, Mythic Imagination Institute, Sigma Phi Omega National Gerontology Honor Society

Publications and Presentations

Publications

  • "The Language of Change: Finding Words to Define Culture Change in Long-Term Care," Journal of Arts and Humanities in Aging, 2010
  • "EDRA39: Linking Differences / Defining Actions. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association," with B. Rodriquez, Environmental Design Research Association, 2008
  • "EDRA37: Beyond Conflict. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association," with A. Greenberg, Environmental Design Research Association, 2006
  • "Book Review: Building Type Basics for Senior Living by Bradford Perkins, with J. David Hoglund, Douglas King, and Eric Cohen; Stephen A. Kliment," Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 2006

Presentations

  • "Healthy Aging by Design," presentation to the Atlanta Housing Authority, 2010
  • "Design for Active Living," American Society on Aging National Conference, Chicago, Illinois, 2010
  • "Facilitating Transformation: The Tools and Processes Used in Long-term Care Culture Change," webinar, Long-Term Care Living Magazine CEU webinar series hosted by Vendome Group, March 10, 2010
  • "The Client's Approach to Culture Change: Tools and Processes for Culture Change in Long-term Care," ARE Continuing Education Presentation, 2009
  • "Culture Change and the Physical Environment: Design as an agent of change," symposium by Diaz Moore, Calkins, Chapin, Geboy, and Kaup, Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting, National Harbor, Maryland, 2008
  • "Seeking a Definition of Culture Change in Long-term Care," poster presentation Southern Gerontological Society 29th Annual Meeting - Gerontology at the Cutting Edge, Atlanta, Georgia, 2008
  • "Tools and Processes for Culture Change in Long-term Care," paper presentation EDRA38: Building Sustainable Communities, Environmental Design Research Association Annual Conference, Sacramento, California, 2007