Katherine Setser

Katherine SetserAssistant Professor
106G Alumni Hall

Courses Taught (during past two academic years)

ARC 188 Ideas in Architecture
ARC 403 Interior Design Studio
ARC 444 Professional Practice in Interior D

Educational Credentials

Master of Science Architecture, University of Cincinnati, 2013
Bachelor of Science, Housing and Interior Design, Miami University, 1985

Teaching Experience

Miami University, Department of Architecture + Interior Design

  • Assistant Professor, Interior Design, 2013-Present
  • Instructor, 2013

University of Cincinnati, School of Architecture and Interior Design

  • Graduate Assistant Instructor, 2011-2013

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Architecture and Design

  • Lecturer, 1999

Western Kentucky University, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

  • Program Coordinator, Interior Design Program, 2001-2002

Visiting Lecturer, Interior Design Program, 2000-2002
Watkins Institute, Nashville School of Interior Design

  • Acting Director, 1988-1989
  • Instructor, 1987-1989

Professional Experience

Principal, Managing Partner, Enterprise Resource Group, LLC (Nashville), 1999-2010
Director, Hickerson Fowlkes, Inc. Architects (Nashville), 1997-1999
Director of Interior Design, Hickerson Fowlkes Inc., Architects (Nashville), 1995-1999
Principal, Katherine S. Setser Interior Design (Nashville), 1987-2004
Designer, Executive Image Office Interiors (Nashville), 1985-1987


NCIDQ Certificate #9154, 1990

Selected Publications, Creative Scholarship, Awards, Grants

Setser, Katherine S. "Through the Cracks: Failures in the Implementation of Fire and Life Safety Standards in the Selection, Specification and Installation of Interior Design Content." In State of the Interior Design Profession, edited by Caren Martin and Denise Guerin, 251-263. New York: Fairchild Books, 2010
ASID Dolphin Award (Nashville), 2007
IIDA Educator Award (Nashville), 2003
IIDA Star Award (Nashville), 2001
Excellence in Development Merit Award (Nashville), with Hickerson Fowlkes, Inc. Architects, 1997
Ford Motor Company Ford Quality Award (Nashville), with Hickerson Fowlkes, Inc. Architects, 1995
Excellence in Development Merit Award (Nashville), with Hickerson Fowlkes, Inc. Architects, 1994
ASID Honorable Mention (Nashville), with Stanley D. Overton, Jr., 1992
Tennessee Society of Architects Honorable Mention (Nashville), with Stanley D. Overton, Jr., 1992
Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission Award: Setting New Design Standards (Nashville), with Stanley D. Overton, Jr., 1991

Selected Professional Memberships and Service

ASID Ohio/Southern Kentucky Chapter, Student Affairs Committee Chair, 2014-Present
IIDA International Board, Director, Chapter Leadership Council, 1998-1999
IIDA Tennessee Chapter

  • Board of Directors, 1996-2010
  • President, 1997-1998
  • Vice President Government and Regulatory Affairs, 1998-2007


  • Member, Educator Task Force, 2014
  • Chair, Multiple Choice Examination Committee, 2008-2009
  • Qualified Juror Committee, 2006-2009

Tennessee Interior Design Coalition, 1988-2008

  • President, 2001-2002; 2004-2008
  • Board of Directors, 1998-2008
  • Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners Appointee, Interior Design Legislation Study Committee, 2006