Evidence-Based Design Graduate Certificate


Learn from award-winning professors Katharine Leigh and Laura H. Malinin, recipients of the first Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) Certificate of Research Excellence (CORE) and the Emerging Team Award for Interdisciplinary Scholarship from Colorado State University’s Vice President for Research.

Katharine Leigh

Katharine Leigh, Ph.D., Associate AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCIDQ, is a professor in the interior design program at Colorado State University, which is ranked #6 of 244 U.S. interior design programs offering a bachelor’s degree. Responsible for program quality and accreditation since 2001, she enjoys applied research impacting people’s experiences with the constructed environment. She holds a doctorate in organizational performance and change, focusing on creativity and performance in architectural practice. She has been a design practitioner since 1971 in New York, Washington, D.C., and Hartford, Connecticut. She has held major design leadership positions with top U.S. and European architectural firms, including Ellerbe, VVKR/Suter + Suter’s Design Collaborative, and Greenwell Goetz, with responsibilities for business development, administration, design, and finance for commercial, financial services, healthcare, R & D, higher education and institutional projects from 5,000 to more than 2 million square feet. She has received awards from ASID, IIDA, AIA, AICAE, IDEC, NAIOP, recognizing design excellence and leadership in interior design practice. In 2010, she was named by DesignIntelligence, among the 25 Most Admired Design Educators “exemplifying excellence in design education leadership.”

Laura H. Malinin

Laura H. Malinin, Ph.D., AIA, IIDA, is an assistant professor in the interior design program at Colorado State University. She holds a degree in architecture from Rice University, a graduate degree in education from the University of Texas, and a joint doctorate in cognitive science and design and planning from the University of Colorado. A licensed architect since 1995, she has designed and managed commercial, educational, ecclesiastical, retail, hospitality, and residential projects. Her teaching, research, and practice bridge environmental design and cognitive psychology by focusing on creative processes and person-environment relationships. This improves evidence-based design strategies in workplace and educational settings, fostering user innovation, learning, health, and environmental stewardship. Recent publications focus on topics in design and creativity theory, workplace design, and reconceptualizing learning spaces and schools.