Elise King, MID, MA
Interim Chair Associate Professor of Interior Design
Department of Human Sciences and Design
Elise King is an Associate Professor of Interior Design at Baylor University. She earned master’s degrees in Architectural History and Interior Design at the University of Texas at Austin and has taught at Baylor since 2013. King’s research and teaching reflect her commitment to exploring communities’ relationships with built environments, past and present. As an educator, King emphasizes community engagement and hands-on learning experiences.
King is an interdisciplinary researcher and dedicated problem solver who combines a passion for historical analysis with a pragmatic commitment to addressing today’s challenges. In a project supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), King collaborated with computer science researchers to develop a semi-automatic floor plan analysis system for humanities researchers to analyze archival floor plan records. She continues to build on this work and is exploring the application of digital humanities methods to create a linked digital corpus to study Frank Lloyd Wright’s residential architecture. King has also collaborated with psychology faculty to examine sleep’s effects on well-being and creativity among interior design students. This work includes the first study to subject anecdotal reports of design student sleep deprivation to empirical analysis. In addition to researching ways to support students’ wellness and colleagues’ productivity, King has conducted historical research focused on the evolution of built environments and the field of design education itself. Through curated exhibits and publications on architectural history, King illuminates connections between past and present approaches to design.
Current Research Interests:
- Interior Design and Architectural History (19th and 20th Century)
- Digital Humanities
- Frank Lloyd Wright
- Quantitative Spatial Analysis
Current Courses Taught:
- ID 2395 History of Interiors II
- ID 2314 Graphics II
- ID 3418 Interior Design Studio I (Residential)
- ID 4123 Capstone Research