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Associate professor SeonMi Choi joined the University of Central Oklahoma Department of Design in 2013. She received her Ph.D. in interior design from the University of Minnesota, an M.D. in product design and a B.S. in housing and interior design from Yonsei University in South Korea. She has been interested in integrating Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in interior design education and design and space planning guideline development for disaster temporary shelter and housing. Her teaching focuses on computer visualization, residential and commercial design studios, evidence-based design and sustainable design at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Education and Certifications

  • Dec. 2011  Doctor of Philosophy, Interior Design, College of Design, University of Minnesota
  • Feb. 2002  Master of Design, Product Design, Department of Human Environment & Design, College of Human Ecology, Yonsei University, South Korea
  • Feb. 1999  Bachelor of Science, Department of Housing & Interior Design, College of Human Ecology, Yonsei University, South Korea
  • Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC), issued by The Center for Health Design.

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

  • Settles, V., Jacobson-Peters, A., Choi, S., & Wright, A. (2020). Burning down silos: Collaborative Curriculum   Development that Fans the Flames of Integrated Learning. Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) 2020   National Conference, Tulsa, OK. (Refereed, Oral Presentation)
  • Choi, Y., Kim, M., & Choi, S. (2018), A comparative analysis of habitability aspects of temporary shelters for   disaster victims between South Korea and U.S.. Crisisonomy 14(10), 41-58
  • Choi, S. (2018). Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality as advanced visualization and presentation tools for   interior design thesis project and portfolio development. Design Communication Conferences (DCA).   Ithaca, NY. (Refereed, Oral Presentation & Full Paper)
  • Choi, S. (2018), Theme & Issue: The current and emerging issues of disaster temporary housing and new prototypes.  Journal of the Korea Housing Association, 29(3), 5-8.
  • Choi, S., & Wright, A. (2018). Disaster temporary housing new prototypes. International Association People-Environment Studies (IAPS) Conference. Rome, Italy.
  • Kim, M., Choi, S., Choi, Y., Naney, L., & Cotton, T. (2018). Analysis of the shelter needs of disaster victims by comparing emergency and temporary shelters between South Korea and U.S. in mass media. International Association People-Environment Studies (IAPS) Conference. Rome, Italy.
  • Kim. M, Choi, S., Choi, Y. (2017), Analysis of the space planning guidance about the temporary shelter emphasizing habitability for disaster victims in U.S. Journal of Korean Institute of Interior Design, 26(5).
  • Choi, S. (2017). Potential of augmented reality and virtual reality technologies as interior design visualization and presentation tools. Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) 2017 Annual Conference, Chicago, IL. 
  • Kim, M., Choi, S., & Choi, Y. (2016). Comparative study on the planning guide of emergency shelter after disaster between South Korea and U.S. Korean Institute of Interior Design 2016 Spring Conference, Cheong-ju, Chungbuk, South Korea. 
  • Choi, S. (2016), News & Review: Building type basics – Senior living, Journal of the Korea Housing Association, 28(3). 43-44.
  • Choi, S. (2016). Shifting towards Augmented Reality in interior design education, 47th Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) Conference. Raleigh, NC.
  • Choi, S. (2015). Innovative workspace and work process: Smart Office strategies. 9th Design Principles and Practices Conference. Chicago, IL.
  • Choi, S. (2014). Future paradigm of working environments: “Smart Workplace”. 45th Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) Conference. New Orleans, LA.
  • Choi, S., Guerin, D., Kim, H., Brigham, J., & Bauer, T. (2013-2014), Indoor environmental quality of classrooms and student outcomes: A path analysis approach. Journal of Learning Spaces, 2(2).
  • Guerin, D., Brigham, J., Kim, H., Choi, S., & Scott, A. (2013). Validity and reliability testing of a post-occupancy evaluation questionnaire on indoor environmental quality and occupants' satisfaction. International Journal of Sustainable Design, 2(2), 128-148.

Classes Taught

  • DES1013 Interior Design for Non-Majors
  • DES3273 Interior Design Studio III
  • DES3283 Visualization III
  • DES3333 Sustainable Design
  • DES3813 Interior Design Research
  • DES3433 Interior Design Studio IV
  • DES4773 Interior Design Thesis Project
  • DES4833 Interior Design Portfolio Development 
  • DES5393 Design Studio II  
  • DES5593 Design Studio III
  • DES5493 Design Research Project
  • DES5633 Visualization Studio
  • DES5753 Sustainable Design Studio
  • DES5910 Seminar/Special Topics

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