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 Furman, Bill   Name:  William Furman 
Title:  Assistant Professor of Design 
M.L.S. - Arizona State University
B.S., Design - Arizona State University
Office:  222 McLaurin Hall  
Phone:  803-323-2663 
Interior Design

Bill Furman, NCIDQ, brings to Winthrop an immense range of professional know-how and diverse project experience spanning his 20 years as a practicing designer, project manager, and independent consultant in both residential and commercial interior design.

He has always maintained a foot in the door of academia. He spent six years as Faculty Associate at Arizona State University while practicing professionally and in 2012 left the United States to be interim Program Coordinator and Senior Lecturer of Interior Design at Raffles Design Institute, Sri Lanka.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Design, Interior Design from Arizona State University’s five year program then returned later to ASU where he continued his academic pursuits receiving a Masters of Liberal Studies in Science, Culture and Creative Non-Fiction Writing. During that time he examined the relationships between design theory, perception, and the built environment.

Bill challenges his students to engage in the complexity of the interiors by understanding the poetics of form, space and materials, and the role design plays in our daily lives. His approach to teaching design focuses on problem solving, creation, and iteration - not quick prescriptive solutions. He believes that design is active as well as reactive and carries with it social responsibly. He is interested in how environments can foster community and interpersonal relationships and how the built environment creates part of the human experience. To accomplish these goals he has previously integrated student projects with local and regional non-profits including: the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Sierra Club, The Humane Society, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, Food Trust (Philadelphia), Keep America Beautiful, the Red Cross, and others.

His current creative scholarship interests include design history and theory, relationships between design and perception, cognitive processes and methodologies of creativity, decision making, problem solving, and critical thinking, i.e. design.

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