Kendra OrdiaAssistant Professor - Interior Design
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MID, University of Texas Austin, 2012
BSD, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2006
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. In 2020, Ordia was recognized as one of eight American Society of Interior Design (ASID) Ones to Watch scholars.
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 internationally renowned and top-ranked architecture and design firms like 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., "DE-SCRIPTION: Framing Urban Biophilic Interiors Through Design Ethics,” Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) National Conference, Virtual / March 1-4, 2021; Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
• Ordia, K.L., "Spatial Narrative in Biophilic Interior Design,” Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) National Conference, Tulsa OK / March 4-7, 2020; Scholarship of Design Research – Poster Presentation
• 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
Ordia’s research explores the future of nature-integration in interior environments through theory, narrative, and designed solutions for increased wellbeing, delight, and beauty. Her approach to the topic spans classroom and student inquiry, focused research endeavors, and in-place, spatial design solutions at various scales. Some of the specific topics of interest are:.
• Spatial narratives in biophilic interior design
• Biophilia for the nature-deprived
• Inclusivity and nature-influenced spatial experiences
• Role of beauty, wonder, and play in the context of biophilic design
• Connection to Nature theories and Sense of Place
• Micro and material spatial ecologies
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.