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Beyond HGTV: Can Design Change People's Lives?

Date: 10/29/2013

Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Location: Cowles Auditorium Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Cost: Free


Please join us for the Fall 2013 Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Award Lecture, featuring Professor Denise Guerin.

Denise Guerin, a Morse-Alumni Distinguished Professor of Interior Design, presents an overview of her imaginative, sustainable approach to interior design centered on the well-being of people. Guerin’s work has revolutionized the thinking, teaching, research and practice in the interior design field locally and globally. In many cases, Denise was the “first,” the only,” or the “one” to pull teams together to conduct research that provides designers and architects with design knowledge that makes a difference in people’s lives in places they live, work, and play. She asks: How can we use interior design to improve a person’s performance and satisfaction? Have we looked at safety and sustainability, but also considered aesthetics, usability, and potential to facilitate healthy communication patterns or happiness? How might good design improve healing during a child’s hospital stay? How might thoughtful design improve employees’ work experiences? How might intentional, evidence-based design change people’s lives?

HONORABLE MENTION: Professor Anna Clark, Department of History.

This award honors a University of Minnesota woman faculty member’s exceptional research, scholarship, teaching and leadership contributions via a public lecture. Information about Ada Comstock and other awards can be found at diversity.umn.edu/women.

Dessert reception follows the lecture in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs Atrium. Free and open to the public. RSVP online at z.umn.edu/adacomstock.


  • Name: Women's Center
  • E-mail: women@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-625-9837
  • Sponsored by: Womens Center, University Libraries, Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Reservation Information:

RSVP online at z.umn.edu/adacomstock.

More information: http://diversity.umn.edu/women

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the Women's Center, women@umn.edu, 612-625-9837.

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