Great Faculty Equals Great Learning
The four full time and two part time faculty in the interior design program provide you with an amazing opportunity to learn from:
- 62 Years of Combined Full Time Professional Design Practice Experience
- 50 Years of Combined Full Time Classroom Experience
- 6 Degrees in Interior Design
- 5 Degrees in Architecture
- 2 Degrees in Industrial Design
- 3 NCIDQ Certifications
- 2 LEED Certifications
- 2 NCARB Licenses
Ryann Aoukar, Associate Professor
Ryann Aoukar is a Canadian product designer and interior architect who collaborated for several years with Rem Koolhaas (Pritzker Prize, top 100 of The World’s Most Influential People according to Time Magazine) at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam. He was also associated with global architecture firm Gensler, (one of the largest design company in the word) before establishing his own practice in 2007. He teaches design at the University of Tennessee in the United States since 2009. Aoukar holds a Bachelor’s degree in interior architecture and a Master’s degree in product design. He is a winner of several prestigious awards; from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum, from the International Interior Design Show in Montreal, and from the Interior Design Magazine in New York. He signed products for Luxo, Norway, for Neinkamper, Canada and for DATESWEISER, United States. He has worked on a wide range of design projects in the United States, Canada, Europe the Middle East and China.
David Matthews, Professor and Chair
David Matthews has spent almost 20 years in interior design higher education. He completed undergraduate degrees in Interior Design and Studio Art at Ohio University then earned a Master of Architecture at Miami University in 1991. David worked in practice in Ohio then entered higher education at the University of North Carolina Greensboro where he developed an expertise in the use of technology in design education. David has served as a consultant for Archeworks and Eva Maddox Branded Environments. He and his students were co-collaborators for the “Chicago Architecture: Ten Visions,” an installation at the Art Institute of Chicago, highlighting Eva Maddox Future Learning Environments. David served as a tenured faculty member in Interior Design and as Director of Academic Technology at Ohio University prior to becoming the Chair of the Interior Design Program at the University of Tennessee in 2010. Publications include work on the use of Internet communications technology in the design studio in the Journal of Interior Design, innovative teaching techniques for integrating technology in the design process, and works on the use of digital modeling and making with materials. David was recognized for his collaborative work with architecture in 2002 as a prizewinner of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Excellence in Education Awards. In 2008 David served as the Muria distinguished professor at Chubu University in Japan where he has also led student travel programs. Current activities include the Herman Miller Project Base Class Room Project to pilot the next generation studio for CoAD and the HSS Learning Lounge research study.
Lisa Mullikin, Associate Professor
Lisa Mullikin has dedicated her career to teaching interior design and architecture while working as an architect in California and Louisiana. She recently joined the Interior Design program at the University of Tennessee as an associate professor. She began her career in London and New York working on commercial interiors and slowly developed a specialty in historic preservation and sustainable design after receiving a master of architecture from the University of Maryland. She spent eight years in San Francisco and was involved in award winning projects while working at NBBJ and Page & Turnbull Architects. Her private practice has focused on the modern translation of vernacular traditions, historic preservation, and the recycling the existing built fabric for adaptive reuse. Her research complements her teaching and practice, focusing on regional daylighting that originates with the history of the culture and its relationship to the landscape.
Ashley Pace, Adjunct Professor
Ashley is a Registered Architect in the State of Tennessee. Her prior experience includes work in both Nashville and New Haven, Connecticut. Previous experience includes work with multi-family residential, mixed use, and educational facilities. Ashley received her graduate degree from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and her undergraduate degree from The University of Tennessee where she was valedictorian of her School of Architecture class. With degrees in both architecture and industrial design, Ashley’s work covers a broad range of design including furniture, product, interiors, and architecture.
Liz Teston, Associate Professor
Liz Teston is a faculty member in the interior design program and teaches design studio and courses focused on drawing communication and representation. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design with a minor in Electronic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. Liz is an NCIDQ certified interior designer and LEED Accredited Professional with a decade of professional experience at Atlanta design firms, including Perkins + Will and ASD. Project typologies include corporate interiors and healthcare. She was on the project team for the award winning AFLAC Cancer Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Her current research focuses on the impact of healthy communities, cultural identity and the everyday in the built environment. She was co-editor for the ATL: A Guide to the A Guide to the Dirty South-Atlanta publication, a text examining issues relating to design, geography, pop culture, the everyday and memory.
Mary Beth Robinson, Adjunct Professor
M.S. in Design, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1986
B.S. in Interior Design, University of Tennessee, 1979