Kendra Ordia

Kendra Ordia

Kendra Ordia

Assistant Professor - Interior Design

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MID, University of Texas Austin, 2012

BSD, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2006

Biography

Kendra Ordia earned a Master of Interior Design from the School of Architecture at The University of Texas Austin where she focused on biophilic interior design guidelines for healthcare environments. Her undergraduate degree is in Interior Design from the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. She is a registered interior designer in the State of Texas, holds an NCIDQ certification and is a LEED BD+C accredited professional.

As a practicing designer and researcher, Ordia's endeavors are rooted within the broader interdisciplinary topic of human behavior and the environment expressed in the themes of biophilic design, health and well-being, environmental quality and spatial ecologies. Her professional work at Perkins+Will, Lauckgroup, Gensler and CallisonRTKL allowed exposure to project types ranging from large scale healthcare to hospitality, workplace design and even residential. Her creative, biophilic-inspired work has been exhibited at several international exhibitions including DesignLAB Next Nest Exhibition and at Curtains: The Center for American Architecture and Design Symposium.

Prior to UNL, Ordia has held academic positions in the Interior Architecture and Product Design Department at Kansas State University as well as in the Interior Design Program at Texas State University.

Conference Proceedings, Presentations, and Juried Exhibitions (selected)

• Ordia, K.L., "Till.r+u" Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) National Conference, Chicago, IL / March 8-12, 2017; Creative Scholarship - Design as Idea Presentation

• Ordia, K.L., "Visualizing the Program: Graphically Communicating Design Research", Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) National Conference, Portland, Oregon / March 9-13, 2016 - Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

• Ordia, K. L., Glass, T., Siddiqui, I.., Mas Moss: A Living Curtain, Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) National Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana / March 6-8,

2014 - IDEC Awarded Best in Category - Design as Idea, Creative Scholarship

• Ordia, K. L., Glass, T., Siddiqui, I., Mas Moss, Juried Exhibition: Curtains: Center for American Architecture and Design Symposium, Austin, TX / October 2013

Areas of Interests & Research

As a practicing designer and researcher, Ordia's endeavors are rooted within the broader interdisciplinary topic of human behavior and the environment expressed in the themes of biophilic design, health and well-being, environmental quality and spatial ecologies. Her professional work at Perkins + Will (Lauckgroup), Gensler and CallisonRTKL allowed exposure to project types primarily in the fields of healthcare and workplace design. She utilizes her continued connection to practice to not only inform her teaching and creative scholarship but to also explore topics of designing for well-being supported through evidence-based certification programs like the WELL Building Standards, place-based theories and user experience design within the context of space. Experiences at these internationally renowned and top-ranked architecture and design firms have expanded her platform and resource-base for exploring research within the context of practice and the broader field of design.

Ordia's creative scholarship has been accepted and consistently presented at the Interior Design Educator’s Council (IDEC) national conference since 2015 offering an opportunity to discuss the unique role a commercial designer plays as part of a larger project team. It has also allowed her to present and explore additional topics related to the scholarship of teaching and learning within a practice-driven academic model. She has also received the annual IDEC Best in Category Award – Design as Idea award for her collaborative Mas Moss project in 2015. Her creative biophilic inspired work has been exhibited at several international exhibitions including DesignLAB Next Nest Exhibition and at Curtains: The Center for American Architecture and Design Symposium.