Master of Interior Design, University of Florida
Bachelor of Interior Design, University of Florida
Genesis Okken, NCIDQ received both her Bachelor of Design and Master of Interior Design at the University of Florida. While completing her graduate work, she served as an editorial assistant for the Journal of Interior Design as well as gained design experience at Sarah Cain Design. She then went on to practice design at Walt Disney Imagineering and the Kessler Collection in Orlando, FL before returning to UF as a lecturer in the Department of Interior Design.
Her research interests include exploring how design practitioners develop appropriate color designs across different market sectors and how color planning strategies evolve throughout an individuals’ career. Specifically, she has explored color planning and design within corporate office, healthcare, hospitality, residential and pop-up retail using qualitative methods. She also investigates how professional practice can inform better ways to incorporate critical color knowledge and understanding into design pedagogy.
Genesis enjoys mentoring students through independent studies in color theory and undergraduate research projects as well as through her role as the faculty advisor for the UF ASID/IIDA student chapter. She also has taught a wide spectrum of courses within the program including Design Innovation, Interior Design Communication Systems, Computer Applications for 3D Design, Professional Practice of Interior Design, Design Field Experience, Architectural Interiors II, and Advanced Architectural Interiors II. For students in the summer program, she teaches Design Innovation and History of Interior Design I.