Department of Interior Design

Master’s Graduate Research


MID research opportunities

Research suggestions for your MID thesis

  • Computer aided design techniques and application in interior design
  • Corporate design and workplace issues
  • Design process including programming, participatory design involving the public, post occupancy evaluations, and design education
  • Educational settings
  • Environment and behavior issues related to the interaction between human populations (e.g. children, elderly, disabled) and space
  • Healthcare, universal design, and elderly housing
  • Historic preservation and restoration of interior spaces
  • Light and Color
  • Sustainable design including efficient use of energy and materials

We invite you to take a look at some of the MID theses that have been created within our program. The following examples should give you an idea of the overall content, extent, and format expectations for Interior Design graduate work. These examples also illustrate some areas of inquiry currently being developed by our faculty and which are available for exploration by our students.


Design and Creativity

  • Kobnithikulwong, S. (2007) Creativity and imagery in interior design students: exploring relationships among creative personality, performance, and vividness of visual imagery.
  • Miller, A. E. (2005) Fun in the workplace: toward an environment-behavior framework relating office design, employee creativity, and job satisfaction.

Design Pedagogy

  • Ransdell, Marlo Evelyn (2009) Designscholar: examining creative thinking in an online learning community for interior design graduate students.
  • Voorhees, Kathryn (2005) Noted interior design programs in architecture, fine arts, and human ecology : a comparison of curriculum, faculty, and alumni.

Lighting Design and Color

  • Pae, Joo Youl. (2009) The effects of hotel guestroom lighting on consumers’ emotional states, preferences and behavioral intentions.
  • Baumstarck, A. (2008) Effects of dressing room lighting direction on consumers’ perceptions of self and environment.


  • Cotera, Pamela (2011) A post-occupancy evaluation: to what degree do LEED certified buildings maintain their sustainable integrities over time?
  • Vatralova, Zuzana (2010) ABC of green design: exploring the influence of parents’ pro-environmental values, beliefs, behaviors, and knowledge on their preferences related to green childcare design


Check out the UF Architecture and Fine Arts Library Database for additional Thesis and Doctoral Dissertations for more inspiration.