Marlo Ransdell specializes in design education and the creative process. She oversees Studio D: Design and Fabrication lab, furniture design, and design fundamentals curriculum. Studio D supports undergraduate and graduate studios in furniture design and prototyping for the department of interior design.
As Creative Director, Ransdell facilitates undergraduate and graduate furniture design courses among other classes and studios, and also curates gallery shows such as “Digital Fabrication: The Flat Pack”. In addition to her role as Creative Director, she is also a Faculty in Residence at the Facility for Arts Research, and is a certified Rhino software mentor and specialist. She regularly presents and publishes her work and was awarded the College of Visual Arts, Theatre, and Dance Distinguished Research Award in 2014
Areas of Responsibility
Creative Director of Studio D: Design and Fabrication Lab
Instruction in Undergraduate and Graduate Level Classes
- 2009 Ph.D., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Major: Design, Construction, and Planning. Interior Design / Minor – Educational Technology. Supervisor: Margaret Portillo, Ph.D.
- Marlo Evelyn Ransdell. (2009). Designscholar: Evaluating Creative Thinking in an Online Learning Community for Interior Design Graduate Students. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
- 2004 M.S., University Of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. Major: Interior Design. Supervisor: Margaret Portillo, Ph.D.
- Marlo Evelyn Ransdell. (2004). Storied Doors: An Empirical Study of Representations of Sense of Place in a Community-Based Art Installation. Unpublished Master’s thesis, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
- 2002 B.A., University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. Major: Interior Design. Magna Cum Laude.
Furniture Design, Design Fundamentals, Research and Programming and Research Methods
Creative Process and Product, Technology Use in Education and Fabrication / Rapid-Prototyping
Select Scholarly/Creative Works & Awards
- Ransdell, M. (2014). Examining Creative Thinking in an Online Learning Community for Interior Design Graduate Students. The International Journal of Design Education, 8, 1-16.
- Portillo, M., & Ransdell, M. (in press). Creative license: The promise and potential of interior design. In K. Vaidya (Ed.) Interior design for the curious: Why study interior design. Australia, 1-13.
- Ransdell, M. (2011). Continuing the dialogue: Research blogging in interior design graduate education. In A.D. Rourke, & K.S. Coleman (Eds.), Pedagogy leads technology: Online learning and teaching in higher education: New technologies, new pedagogies. Technology and Society, 117-122.
- Ransdell, M. (presented 2014, April). Digital fabrication and the design process. Plenary presentation at RhinoDay Mexico 2014, McNeel Software and Monterrey Tec University, Guadalajara, Mexico. (International)
- University of Florida Young Alumni Rising Leader Award, College of Design, Construction, and Planning / Department of Interior Architecture + Design, University of Florida (2014).
- Distinguished Research Award, College of Visual Arts, Theatre, and Dance. Florida State University (2014).
- Best Exhibition Design Award, 2014 KOSES International Invitation Exhibition (2014).
- Professional Service Award, Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) (2014).
- Ransdell, M. (2012). Creativity and place making: Evaluating the creative product in community-based art installations. International Journal of Social, Political, and Community Agendas in the Arts, 7(1), 1-8.
- Ransdell, M. (2009). Continuing the dialogue: Research blogging in interior design graduate education. The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society, 5(2), 65-70.