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Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Lecture: Denise Guerin

Date: 10/29/2013

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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

Cost: Free, but register at link below.


Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Lecture
Featuring Denise Guerin, Ph.D., FIDEC, FASID, IIDA
Morse-Alumni Distinguished Professor, Interior Design, University of Minnesota College of Design

Tuesday, October 29, 4:00-5:30 PM, reception follows
Cowles Auditorium, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 Nineteenth Avenue South, Minneapolis, 55455


The prestigious Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Award and Lecture has been established to acknowledge and honor the scholarly accomplishments and leadership of distinguished women faculty at the University of Minnesota and to offer a forum for them to share their insights and ideas with a campus and community audience. This year, College of Design faculty member Denise Guerin was selected to receive this honor.



Beyond HGTV: Can Design Change People's Lives?

Denise Guerin 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?



The Ada Comstock Award and Lecture is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Women's Center with support from the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and University Libraries.




  • Name: University of Minnesota Women's Center
  • E-mail: women@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-625-9837
  • Sponsored by: College of Design

More information: https://diversity.umn.edu/women/adacomstock

Disability Options:

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


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