UF College of Design, Construction & Planning

Candy Carmel-Gilfilen

Interim Interior Design Chair and Senior Lecturer
Interior Design
Phone Number: (352) 294-1431

Master of Architecture, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio


IND 1020 Design Innovation
IND 2214 Introduction to Architectural Interiors
IND 3424 Construction Documents in Interior Design
IND 3505 Professional Practice
IND 4225 Advanced Architectural Interiors I
IND 4930 Special Topics in Interior Design (Design Competitions)
IND 4940/6941 Design Field Experience

Biographical Information:


  • Interior Design Educators Council
  • American Society of Interior Designers
  • International Interior Design Association
  • Retail Design Institute

Candy Carmel-Gilfilen engages in creative, interdisciplinary projects and research in partnership with market leaders celebrating a commitment to evidence-based design. This innovative work was recognized in 2012 as she received the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Teaching Excellence Award. Professor Carmel-Gilfilen’s scholarly work is defined by interdisciplinary aspects that transverse design pedagogy and student development, healthcare design, and retail security design. Her work has been published in the Journal of Interior Design, Design Studies, and Security Journal, as well as presented nationally and internationally. A recent project funded by Herman Miller explored innovation by empathetic design outpatient healthcare facilities. Together with Dr. Margaret Portillo, this work received the IDEC Award of Excellence in 2014 for the Best Presentation for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Candy is NCIDQ certified, EDAC certified, and a LEED accredited professional who has practiced professionally in Ohio, Michigan, and Florida with focus on educational, corporate, and healthcare design. She currently serves as the Interior Design Undergraduate Coordinator and directs the Design Field Experience Program. In addition, Candy oversees the department’s exchange and study abroad programs with the Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe in Detmold, Germany and the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, Indonesia.


  • Design Pedagogy and Student Development
  • Healthcare Design
  • Retail Security Design

Teaching Focus

  • Studio Design
  • Professional Practice Issues
  • Construction Documentation
  • Design Competitions