Katherine Setser

Katherine SetserAssistant Professor
106G Alumni Hall

Courses Taught (during past two academic years)

ARC202/204 Architecture/Interior Design Studio
ARC 419 Materials of Interior Design
ARC 403 Interior Design [Workplace] Studio
ARC 444 Professional Practice in Interior Design
CCA 111 Innovation, Creativity & Design Thinking

Educational Credentials

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

Teaching Experience

Miami University, Department of Architecture + Interior Design

  • Assistant Professor, Interior Design, 2013-Present
  • Program Coordinator, Interior Design, 2014-2017
  • Instructor, 2013

University of Cincinnati, School of Architecture and Interior Design

  • 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, Setser Consulting Group (Oxford), 2015 to present
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

Research & Scholarship Publication & Awards

  • 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 The State of the Interior Design Profession, edited by Caren Martin and Denise Guerin, 251-263. New York: Fairchild Books, 2010.
    • In February 2014 The State of the Interior Design Profession was placed on the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) 50 ‘Must Read Must Have Book List as a book that the “global design community considers to have been influential for the Interiors discipline during the past five decades.”
  • Dolphin Award, ASID, 2007; bestowed on a non-member of ASID in recognition of excellence through research and legislative efforts

Design Awards

  • Excellence in Development Merit Award, 1997, for University School of Nashville, Gordon Wing, in association with Hickerson Fowlkes, Inc. Architects
  • Ford Quality Award, Ford Motor Company, 1995, for PRIMUS Automotive Financial Services, in association with Hickerson Fowlkes, Inc. Architects
  • Excellence in Development Merit Award, 1994, for Nashville and Davidson County Juvenile Justice Center, in association with Hickerson Fowlkes, Inc. Architects

Teaching Awards

  • IIDA Educator Award, 2003, in recognition of outstanding service, dedication, and contribution to interior design education

Service Awards

  • Chapter Service Award, ASID, September 2015
  • Presidential Citation Award, NCIDQ, November 2014, 2010
  • Leadership Award, YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, June 2008 in recognition of outstanding leadership and support of administrative and financial development
  • Presidential Citation Award, ASID, September 2007
  • Star Award, IIDA, 2001, the highest honor bestowed by the IIDA Board of Directors, recognizing outstanding career-long professionalism and dedication to the Tennessee IIDA Chapter

Selected Professional Memberships and Service


  • Director, 2016 to present
  • Secretary-Treasurer, 2016 to present
  • Co-Chair, CIDA Value Metrics (Research) Subcommittee, 2016-2017
  • Co-Chair, CIDA Standards Subcommittee and Liaison to CIDA Standards Committee, 2016-2017


  • Liaison to CIDA Board of Directors, 2016 to present
  • Member, Educator Task Force, 2014
  • Chair, Multiple Choice Examination Committee, 2008-2009


  • Student Affairs Committee Chair, Ohio/Southern Kentucky Chapter, 2014-2017


  • Director, Chapter Leadership Council (International Board), 1998-1999
  • Director, Tennessee Chapter, 1996-2010
  • President, Tennessee Chapter, 1997-1998
  • Vice President Government and Regulatory Affairs, Tennessee Chapter 1998-2007

Tennessee Interior Design Coalition

  • President, 2001-2002; 2004-2008
  • Director, 1998-2008
  • State Legislative Chair, 2000-2003
  • Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners Appointee, Interior Design Legislation Study Committee, 2006