Katherine Setser

Katherine Setser Assistant Professor
 106G Alumni Hall
 513-529-1666
 setserks@miamioh.edu

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

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-
  • 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-
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

Licenses/Registration

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.”

Legislative Reports, Bills & Joint Resolutions

  • Tennessee General Assembly. An Act to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 62, Chapter 2; Section 62-6-501 and Title 67, Chapter 4, Part 17, to enact the “Tennessee Interior Design Act”. S.B. 2078/H.B. 2016. 106th General Assembly 2009-2010. Introduced in house February 25, 2009.
    • Role: co-author: Setser, Katherine, LaDon Baltimore, and Dana Miller.
  • Tennessee General Assembly. An Act to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 62, Chapter 2; Section 62-37-103(6)(B)(vi) and Section 67-4-1702(a)(3), relative to enacting the “Tennessee Interior Design Consumer Protection Act”. H.B.0084. 105th General Assembly 2007-2008. Introduced in house January 30, 2007.
    • Role: co-author: Setser, Katherine, LaDon Baltimore, and Dana Miller.

Peer-Reviewed Appointments to Scientific and Technical Advisory Committees

  • Trustee/Subject Matter Expert, International Fire Safety Standards (IFSS) Coalition, 2020- 
    The Coalition, launched at the UN in 2018 and funded by the UN and the World Bank, is currently composed of 64 international organizations, each with one Trustee providing technical input, and seeks:
    • to establish the first ever “common set of internationally accepted performance-based principles for fire safety aspects of design, engineering and construction, occupation and ongoing management” to improve life safety in the global built environment.
    • to provide a framework that is applicable “to all property types and all regions and nations regardless of the differing political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legal differences between nations.”
  • Technical Advisor, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Interior Finish and Contents (BLD-INT) Committee, Advisor to and co-author of the upcoming fire safety code revision for NFPA 5000®: Building Construction and Safety Code® Chapter 10, 2019-2024
  • Technical Advisor, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Interior Finish and Contents (SAF-INT) Committee, Advisor to and co-author of the upcoming fire safety code revision for NFPA 101®: Life Safety Code® Chapter 10, 2019-2024
  • Subject Matter Expert, American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), standing Policy, Codes and Standards Committee, 2019-
  • Subject Matter Expert, American Society of Interior Design (ASID), National Ethics & Professional Responsibility Committee, 2019-
Invited Expert Testimony

Expert testimony listed below focuses on the inadequacies in existing laws and procedures to prevent physical and economic harm to the public as evidenced through her forensic research and/or the professional preparation required to meet educational and practice standards within the interior design profession.

  • North Carolina General Assembly. Joint Chamber. Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee. H.B. 858 Relating to the Interior Design Profession Act: Hearings before the Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee (public testimony of Katherine S. Setser, Principal, Setser Consulting Group, Assistant Professor, Miami University). North Carolina General Assembly, 2019-2020 Session, March 9, 2020.
  • Colorado General Assembly. House. Committee on Business Affairs and Labor. H.B.20-1165 Relating to the Interior Design Practice: Hearings before the Committee on Business Affairs and Labor (public testimony of Katherine S. Setser, Principal, Setser Consulting Group, Assistant Professor, Miami University). Colorado General Assembly, Second Regular Session 2020, February 18, 2020.
Consultancies
  • Consultant/Subject Matter Expert, Invitation by the Saudi Arabia Council of Engineers to participate on team developing examination for interior design competency and licensure, 2019
  • Consultant/Subject Matter Expert, Invitation by the Saudi Arabia Council of Engineers to participate on Job Analysis Research Team identifying and validating knowledge domains and skill sets defining competency for interior designers in Saudi Arabia, 2019 

Peer-Invited Conference Keynote and Plenary Presentations

  • Keynote Presenter, Setser, Katherine. “Material Witness: Using Failure to Examine the HSW Impact of Interior Design Content.” Presentation at the Annual Statewide Conference for the Design Community, Oklahoma Board of Architects, Landscape Architects and Registered Interior Designers, Oklahoma City, OK, November 2018.
  • Plenary Presenter, Setser, Katherine. “Professional Ethics: Recognizing and Navigating Ethical Issues in the Design Professions.” Presentation at the Annual Statewide Conference for the Design Community, Oklahoma Board of Architects, Landscape Architects and Registered Interior Designers, Oklahoma City, OK, November 2018.
  • Plenary Presenter, Setser, Katherine. “Data Diving: Refining the HSW Case for Harm in Interior Design Practice.” Presentation at the Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) 2017 Annual Conference: Assembly of Delegates Meeting, Alexandria, VA, November 2017.
  • Plenary Presenter, Setser, Katherine. “Power Dynamics: Reframing and Owning the Interior Design Jurisdiction.” Presentation at the 3rd Annual IIDA Advocacy Symposium, International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Chicago, IL, September 2017.
  • Keynote Presenter, Setser, Katherine. “Shifting the Paradigm | Translational Approaches for Revolutionary Change.” Presentation (Session 1) at the New Jersey Coalition for Interior Design Legislation [Regional] Conference: Redefining the HSW Impact of Interior Design Practice, Union, NJ, September 2015.
  • Keynote Presenter, Setser, Katherine. “Making Space in the Market: Defining a Professional Threshold.” Presentation (Session 2) at the New Jersey Coalition for Interior Design Legislation [Regional] Conference: Redefining the HSW Impact of Interior Design Practice, Union, NJ, September 2015.
Awards: Research & Contribution to the Interior Design Profession
  • Louis S. Tregre Award, Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ), 2018; bestowed annually on one North American individual that has advanced the interior design profession and promoted knowledge, education, and/or advocacy in support of regulation and legal recognition of the interior design profession, 2018
  • Dolphin Award, American Society of Interior Design (ASID); bestowed on a non-member of ASID in recognition of excellence through research and legislative efforts, 2007
Awards: Design
  • Excellence in Development Merit Award, 1997, for University School of Nashville, Gordon Wing, interior design lead for Hickerson Fowlkes, Inc. Architects
  • Ford Quality Award, Ford Motor Company, 1995, for PRIMUS Automotive Financial Services, project design lead for Hickerson Fowlkes, Inc. Architects
  • Excellence in Development Merit Award, 1994, for Nashville and Davidson County Juvenile Justice Center, interior project lead, in association with Hickerson Fowlkes, Inc. Architects
Awards: Teaching
  • Letters of Commendation, Center for Teaching Excellence (CTC), six consecutive years, Jan 2015-Jan 2020
  • IIDA Educator Award, International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Tennessee Chapter, in recognition of outstanding service, dedication, and contribution to interior design education, 2003

Selected Professional Leadership

International Organizations
  • Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)
    • Board Chair, 2020-
    • Director, 2016-
    • Secretary-Treasurer, 2017-2018
  • Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ)
    • Liaison to CIDA Board of Directors, 2016-
    • Chair, Multiple Choice Examination Development Committee, 2008-2009
  • International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
    • Director, Chapter Leadership Council (International Board), 1998-1999
National Organizations
  • American Society of Interior Design (ASID)
    • Chair, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee, 2020-
    • Chair, Codes Development Subcommittee of the Policy, Codes and Standards Committee, 2019-
State Organizations
  • American Society of Interior Design (ASID)
    • President Elect, Ohio South/Kentucky Chapter, 2019-
  • International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
    • Director, Tennessee Chapter, 1996-2010
    • Vice President Government and Regulatory Affairs, Tennessee Chapter 1998-2007
    • President, Tennessee Chapter, 1997-1998