Department of Art and Design Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts

Interior Design Faculty

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Wendy Hynes

Assistant Professor of Interior Design

Wendy Hynes is a professional interior designer, educator and consultant with 20-years’ experience in research and practice. Her areas of design expertise include school, library and workplace environments including several years collaborating on the design of Gillette’s corporate world headquarters and research facilities in Boston.  Additionally, as Director of Interior Design for Tappe’ Architects, she oversaw the design of several new libraries and K-12 school buildings throughout Massachusetts and greater New England. Her primary research interests continue to focus on collaborative environments with specific interest in the design of makerspaces and STEM classrooms. In 2015, she was awarded the Special Projects Grant for her work with makerspaces by the Interior Design Educators Council culminating in a global photo essay titled “Maker: People, Places, Things” and 2-month gallery exhibition featuring “made” objects of decor. Wendy is NCIDQ certified and has held previous academic appointments at Ball State University, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, New England School of Art and Design, and Boston Architectural College. Read More.

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Kevin Woolley

Assistant Professor of Interior Design
Program Coordinator

Kevin Woolley is an award-winning interior designer having completed commercial projects encompassing over 2 million square feet of interior space. From globalization to ethics, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the classroom. Kevin has held previous academic appointments at Utah State University and Virginia Commonwealth University’s branch campus in Qatar. Whether it is creating shelters for victims of natural disasters to designing five-star corporate headquarters, his classes engage students in project scenarios that are challenging, socially relevant, and align with a strategic global perspective.

Kevin’s research focuses on the intersections of knowledge, design, and society. His process-driven approach centers on early designer’s use of creative intelligence to solve complex problems. Kevin’s objective is to reexamine a 21st-century design curriculum by looking at “What is being taught?”, “How is it being taught?”, and “What are the outcomes?” within the context of trans-disciplinary competencies and opportunities. Read More.

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Laura Bittner

Continuing Lecturer

Laura Bittner has been on the faculty of Interior Design at Purdue University since 1995. Currently, she is a Continuing Lecture of Interior Design and Coordinator of the Art and Design Co-Op/Internship Programs. She earned her BA in Interior Design from Purdue University in 1986 and her MA in Interior Design from Purdue University in 2003.

She is the owner of Laura Bittner Design where she consults on interior design projects, including residential and small commercial projects such as Evan Todd Salon and Spa in West Lafayette, IN. Her specialty is interior space planning.

Prior to 1995, she worked for Office Works, Inc (Herman Miller Dealer) in Indianapolis, IN and the Plumbery, a Kitchen and Bath Showroom, in Sacramento, CA. Ms. Bittner has taught undergraduate Interior Design Studio courses, History of Interior Design and Interior Design Materials and Components, at the sophomore, junior, and senior level. Read More.

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