Department of Interior Design

Graduate Assistants



UF-ID graduate students routinely excel as graduate assistants, which prepare them for work in research, design, and education.

Meet our GAs


Q1. What is your life quote?  &  Q2. What are your research interests?




bethBeth McGee

A1. “If you can design anything well, you can design everything well.”  (Ward Bennett)

A2. Biophilia; Restorative environments;  Workplace;  Healthcare & Participatory design.

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daijinDaejin Kim

A1. “Less is More.”  (Ludwig Mies van der Rohe)

A2.  Senior retirement community;  Healthcare design for older adults;  Post-occupancy evaluation;  Smart home;  Creativity education & Design pedagogy.

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 hihihi lissyElizabeth Calienes

A1. “You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”  (Friedrich Nietzsche)

A2. Millennial generation preferences and retail design;  Retail marketing;  Creativity;  Pedagogy;  Design and emotion;  Film production design; Experiential design;  Cross-cultural studies; Visual studies;  Graphic design;  Branding.

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hihihi jae hwaJae hwa Lee

A1. “Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.” (Charles Eames)

A2. Design thinking and pedagogy;  Creative learning;  Environmental design for creative performance;  Innovative healthcare design;  Community design.

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 hihihi julieJulie Emminger

A1. “Once you decide on your occupation you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. That’s the secret of success.”  (Jiro Ono, Sushi chef)

A2. Learning Environments;  Special Populations;  Sustainability;  Pedagogy;  Healthcare.

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 hihihi lesaLesa Lorusso

A1. “My child, use common sense and sound judgment! Always keep them in mind. They will help you live a long and beautiful life.”  (Proverbs 3:21)

A2. Human Centered Design;  Dementia;  Inclusive Design;  Multi Sensory Environments;  Montessori Based Environments.

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hihihi minMin-Kyoung Kim

A1. “Today is the day someone who died yesterday yearned to have.”  (Sophocles, Playwright)

A2.  Evidence-Based Design (EBD) for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD);  Universal Design & Gibson’s Affordance;  Multi-family Housing with Support and Infill System for Sustainability;  Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE).

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