||Assistant Professor of Design
M.L.S. - Arizona State University
B.S., Design -
Arizona State University
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
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.