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Felicia Francine Dean, MFA

Assistant Professor

School of Interior Architecture

Felicia Francine Dean is an Assistant Professor in the School of Interior Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research addresses analog and digital craft, upholstered systems, identity and the creative process, material experimentation, and process driven design. She is working on a new body of work which focuses the interplay of structural and soft systems through the translation of fashion design volumetric sewing techniques. Felicia integrates her specializations into the studio courses she teaches by having students apply diverse approaches to material, form and process explorations during design development.

Contact Information


  • Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture, Furniture Design Concentration, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC (UNCG), 2014
  • Diploma in Furniture Upholstery & Certificate in Computer Aided Drafting, Guilford Technical Community College at High Point and Greensboro, NC (GTCC), 2008
  • Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, Florida State University at Tallahassee, FL, 2002


Expertise & Interests

  • Cross-disciplinary research and collaboration between Design, Art, & Craft
  • Identity and the Creative Process
  • Integration of textile surface design techniques with digital fabrication
  • Sculptural forms of fabric and how they are translated from the physical to the digital and back
  • Experimentation of traditional and non-traditional materials in the development and making processes of Design & Art
  • Material and Process Driven Design
  • Balancing and merging processes of craft, art, design, through handmade and digital fabrication processes

Honors & Awards

  • Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) National Conference , Best In Category: Design as Art, Racial Identity’s Influence on the Creative Process, 2018
  • Sitting Pretty:  Re-envisioning the Chair, Moss Art Center Exhibition at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2018
  • Windgate ITE International Residency Program, Center for Art in Wood, UArts, Philadelphia, PA, 2017


Courses Taught

  • ARCH171 Design Fundamentals I: Space
  • IARC271 Introduction to Interior Architecture Studio I
  • IARC273 Introduction to Interior Architecture Seminar I

Professional Associations & Certifications

  • IDEC:  Interior Design Educators Council
  • Furniture Society
  • SDA:  Surface Design Association
  • ACC:  American Craft Council