Debra Harris, Ph.D.

Debra Harris, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Interior Design
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Associate Professor in Interior Design



  • Doctor of Philosophy, Architecture, emphasis Health Systems Planning & Public Policy, Texas A&M University, 2000
  • Master of Interior Architecture, University of Oregon, 1994
  • Bachelor of Science, Human Ecology, Interior Design, Southwest Texas State University, 1986


  • Certified Healthcare Interior Designer (CHID) Certificate No.0025
  • National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Certificate No. 013690
  • Certificate for Indoor Air Quality Testing, Texas Engineering Extension Service

Academic Experience:

  • University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, Assistant Professor, 2003-2007
  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, Assistant Professor, 2000-2001
  • The University of Texas, Austin, TX, Lecturer, 1999
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, Lecturer, 1997-2000
  • University of North Texas, Denton, TX, Assistant Professor, 1994-1995
  • University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, Graduate Teaching Fellow, 1992-1994

Awards & Honors:

  • Judge, Modern Healthcare Design Awards, 2009
  • Nightingale Award for Centé Patient Chair, consultant to Brandrud, 2007
  • Teacher of the Year, College of Design, Construction and Planning, University of Florida, 2006
  • TeamVISTA Award, American Society for Healthcare Engineering, 2003
  • ASID Joel Polsky Achievement Award, 2002
  • ASID Design Award, First Place, Davis Partnership Architects/PVHS 2002
  • The Architectural Research Centers Consortium/King Student Medal for Excellence in Architectural + Environmental Design Research, 2001