M.A., Architectural History, The University of Texas at Austin
Elise King is an Assistant Professor of Interior Design at Baylor University. She earned Master’s degrees in Architectural History and Interior Design at the University of Texas at Austin and has taught at Baylor since 2013. King’s research and teaching reflect her commitment to exploring communities’ relationships with built environments, past and present. As an educator, Professor King emphasizes community engagement and hands-on learning experiences. Her students have used innovative approaches to complete original design projects including a local pedestrian bridge and parklet, micro-living environments, and a Guatemalan orphanage. These projects have earned recognition at the national level. As an architectural historian and NCIDQ Certified interior designer, King researches the history of design and conducts interdisciplinary research to develop innovative solutions to present-day challenges. Her historical work includes publications on the history of children’s domestic spaces and Adolf Loos’ early lighting designs, as well as a curated exhibition on the history of interior design programs at UT Austin. King has recently collaborated with computer scientists to develop a digital floor plan recognition program that supports archival researchers. In addition, she has partnered with psychology faculty to study how sleep deprivation affects interior design students’ creativity and wellbeing.
Elise King is an interdisciplinary researcher and dedicated problem solver who combines a passion for historical analysis with a pragmatic commitment to addressing present-day challenges. Her recent sleep research, in partnership with psychology faculty, examined sleep’s effects on well-being and creativity among interior design students. This study, the first to subject anecdotal reports of student sleep deprivation to empirical analysis, generated significant media coverage at the national level. In another recent interdisciplinary project, supported by a 2018 NEH Digital Humanities Grant, Professor King collaborated with computer science researchers to develop an innovative digital floor plan analysis system that enables humanities researchers to analyze archival floor plan records. In addition to researching ways to support students’ wellness and colleagues’ productivity, King has conducted historical research focused on the evolution of built environments and the field of design education itself. Through curated exhibits and publications on architectural history, King illuminates connections between past and present approaches to design.