Professor Ronn Daniel appointed Interim Interior Design Program Director
Professor Ronn Daniel will assume the Interim Interior Design Program Directorship effective January 4th 2021. As Interim Program Director, Professor Daniel will continue to teach in the program and serve on the College Executive Committee.
Professor Daniel brings extensive leadership experience to the role, having taught and directed the Interior Design Program at James Madison University before joining the CAED. In 2019 he was named Outstanding Reviewer of the Year by the Journal of Interior Design (JID) and is co-editor of an upcoming double volume, special issue of the JID titled: “Thinking the Body Inside” that will be published this coming March.
Along with his experience at James Madison University, he holds a BSE (Civil Engineering, summa cum laude) from Duke University, and a Master of Archictecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Professor Daniel has practiced professionally with Camiros ltd., FormWork Interior Architecture, and Hopscotch Studio. As a design historian, he investigates the relationships between interior space, cultural ideas, and technological change. His work has been published in two design theory readers, the journal Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture, and a forthcoming chapter in The Cultural History of Interior Design: The Modern Age 1920-2000 (Turpin and Blossom, eds.). He has presented papers at national and international conferences, including in Porto, New Orleans, London, Philadelphia, and New York. Professor Daniel is a member of the Interior Design Educators Council and serves on the review board of the Journal of Interior Design.
Special thanks to Professor Bill Willoughby for his highly effective leadership in this role over the past two years. Many of the program’s recent successes are owed to his manner of promoting excellence, promoting discourse and promoting others. Not that he needs it, but we wish him success as he hones his focus on teaching and scholarship.