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Dan Harper



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Dan Harper

Area Chair, Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture

Active in interior design education since 2006, Dan has been an interior designer since the 1990s. With projects across the country, his work in contract interiors includes corporate headquarters, financial institutions, various spaces in the healthcare field, and higher education. Dan holds an MID in Interior Design, an MA in Sociology, and a PhD in higher education administration and student affairs. Dan is a professional member of IDEC (Interior Design Educators Council) and currently serves as an associate editor of the IDEC EXCHANGE and is past regional chair for the Midwest Region. As an interior designer, he has been certified by NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) and is a professional member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers). Dan’s research interests include design education, housing and the evolution of the meaning of ‘home’, workplace strategy and applications, and the design of academic spaces.

In addition to various articles and reviews, Dan is co-author of the forthcoming book, Academic Library Makerspaces: A Practical Guide to Planning, Collaborating, and Supporting Campus Innovation and book chapters, “Designing Library Space to Support Evolving Campus Needs” and “Ethical Leadership in Non-Profit Higher Education: Responding to the Rise of For-Profit Education”.

Dan has presented his research both national and internationally including: the 2019 University Industry Innovation Network in Sydney Australia, the 2019 International Federation of Library Associations in Athens, Greece, the 2019 Makerspaces for Innovation and Research in Academics conference, and the 2019 American Library Association annual conference in Washington, D.C.