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University of Kentucky (B.A. and M.A. in Interior Design)
Fields of Interest:
Interior Design, Healthcare Design, Design Theory & Research, Human-Centered Design and Graphic Design
Marissa Wilson attended the University of Kentucky where she received both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s of Arts in Interior Design. As a graduate student, she researched how to design environments and products to improve the quality of life for the aging population, specifically those with Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, she studied psychology, human development, and theories of learning to gain knowledge of human behavior and cognitive development to understand how to better design environments for people. Not only does she have experience working under interior designers but has also worked as a graphic designer and as a research assistant for a two-year POE study (Post-Occupancy Evaluation) for the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital. She worked with the UK College of Design, professionals from UK HealthCare, and the College of Communications. For the POE, she became IRB certified to help conduct research studies, entered data, created graphics representing the data, and finalized the report for the study. Marissa also presented her graduate research and Alzheimer’s product idea at IDEC (Interior Design Educator’s Council) in 2016. She also participated in UK’s Entrepreneurial Bootcamp in which she was the team lead for her Alzheimer’s product idea, called i-RememberTM. She led her team in three entrepreneurial pitch competitions and placed fifth in the first one, came in first place for the second one, and then presented in the Kentucky regional competition, IDEA State U. Marissa is currently taking the NCIDQ Exam (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) this fall and is working towards gaining other Interior Design qualifications and credentials. Her main interest is in healthcare design, but she enjoys any design challenge in which she can design an environment to improve the quality of life and well-being for all. She has been at Sullivan teaching interior design as a full-time instructor since August 2017 where enjoys educating the students and loves being in a learning environment.
View some of her work below:
UK HealthCare POE report: https://issuu.com/marissawilson/docs/hcd_sept_pages
Master’s Project: Designing to Remember: The impact of environment and product design on Alzheimer's and dementia patients: https://issuu.com/marissawilson/docs/d2r_mwilson_mastersproject