Mark Hinchman

Mark Hinchman

Mark Hinchman

Emeritus Professor of Interior Design

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Hinchman is a historian of design history, African architectural history, and global modernism. He has written three interior design textbooks: History of Furniture: a Global View; Fairchild Books Dictionary of Interior Design; and Interior Design Masters, co-written with former interior design student and UNL graduate Elyssa Yoneda. Plus, a monograph on Afro-French domestic architecture: Portrait of an Island: the Architecture and Material Culture of Gorée, Senegal, 1758-1837.

He contributed chapters to the following edited volumes: Seeing Across Cultures: Visuality in the Early Modern Period; African Urbanism; Hotel Lobbies and Lounges; and The Human Tradition in the Atlantic World: 1500-1850.

He has written for the Journal of Interior Design, Interior Design, The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, The International Journal of African Historical Studies, and the Société Voltaire.


Hinchman teaches architectural history, design history, and theory courses, face-to-face and online. He teaches studio courses in both architecture and interior design, and has mentored Master of Architecture students, Master of Science students, and PhD students.

Hinchman incorporates his research into his teaching. Interior Design undergraduate student Meghan McCluskey worked with him on his research on the Edwardian architecture and design firm, Mewès and Davis.

Recently, he had his interior architecture history students write new Wikipedia entries on art deco and mid-century modern architects. Yong Shook Leng, Marissa Wong Chia Ying, and Ow Jie Yan wrote an entry on Arthur Oakley Coltman.


The Quilt Study Center and Museum named Hinchman a Fellow in May 2014. His research activities have been funded by the Camargo Foundation, the Getty Research Center, the Fulbright Institute of International Education, the Graham Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst.