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Lori Brunner

Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1605
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1605
Biography: 

Lori Brunner received a doctorate in education and a minor in statistics, as well as a master's of fine arts in interior design from Iowa State University. She has a master's in urban planning and a bachelor's in architectural studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Brunner has taught all levels of studios from freshmen foundations to graduate experimental studios. In addition, she has taught graduate and upper level undergraduate courses in research methods, design methods, and seminars in design theory and design thinking. Her research is heavily interdisciplinary, collaborating with education, business, engineering, statistics, psychology, and other design disciplines. Design thinking, student motivation, and predicting design student success have been a thread throughout her research initiatives. In addition, she in interested in how instructional technology can assist the design student in the design studio. Brunner was an assistant and associate professor of interior design at Iowa State for 11 years prior to joining the faculty at Arizona State University.

Prior to a career in academics, Professor Brunner worked as a consultant in urban planning, as well as economic development and long-range planning in local government. She developed comprehensive plans and campus area redevelopment plans, as well as the national Main Street program. Much of her work in planning focused on being a liaison between the business community and the local planning organization.

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Education; minor: Statistics, Iowa State University 2009
  • M.F.A. Interior Design, Iowa State University 2004
  • M.U.P. Urban Planning, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 1998
  • B.S. Architectural Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 1993

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research Interests: 

Dr. Brunner’s research is heavily interdisciplinary. She collaborates with education, business, engineering, statistics, psychology, and other design disciplines. Design thinking, student motivation, and predicting design student success have been a thread throughout her research initiatives. Her recent work is focused on alumni success in their careers since graduation and tracking successful design students over time. What can we learn about these high-achieving people who have earned the highest marks in school? Do they continue to be successful? If so, in what ways? Do these successful designers have similar traits as leaders in other disciplines? This line of research is similar to studies about high school valedictorians. Does the top of the class remain at the top over time? If so, in what ways?

In addition, Professor Brunner is interested in how instructional technology can assist the design student in the studio classroom. She is developing a digital learning tool for the design student to assist them in their studio work. Prototypes have been developed based upon research in design process, studio pedagogy, and cognitive psychology. Refinement of the learning tool and additional prototypes are being developed and evaluated, with an underlying question of how to balance the strengths of synchronous and asynchronous learning. How can one develop a digital learning tool for the design student who grew up as a digital native? How can a digital learning tool bridge the gap between the well-established studio pedagogy, and the instantaneous accessibility of digital media? 

Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
INT 598Special Topics
INT 621Adv Interior Arch Studio III
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
INT 522Adv Interior Arch Studio II
EPD 700Research Methods
EPD 792Research
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
INT 464Int Design Studio V:Work Env
INT 598Special Topics
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
INT 522Adv Interior Arch Studio II
DSC 590Reading and Conference
DSC 599Thesis
EPD 700Research Methods
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
INT 464Int Design Studio V:Work Env
INT 598Special Topics
DSC 599Thesis
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
INT 522Adv Interior Arch Studio II
DSC 590Reading and Conference
EPD 700Research Methods
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
INT 261Interior Design Studio I: Res
INT 464Int Design Studio V:Work Env
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