Position:  Assistant Professor of Interior Design; Designer w/Miller Interior Design

photo of Beth Miller

Name:  Beth Marie Miller, NCIDQ Certificate #018834,LEED-AP

Courses taught: Interior Design Studio, University Seminar, Sustainability and Materials, Global Impacts of Design, Contemporary Design History

Research interests: 
Sculptural furnishings, environmentally responsible design, design and architectural history.

Experience: Professor Miller joined the SPU faculty in 2002.  She previously worked in hospitality design, and remains a designer with Miller Interior Design, L.L.C.  She obtained NCIDQ Certification in 2003 and completed LEED Certification in 2008.  She has published in the Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences, served as a judge for the Northwest Design Awards, and been invited to speak at the Seattle Design Center.  She is also working on expanding her portfolio of sculptural furniture designs and poetry inspired by three-dimensional space.

Professional memberships:  The Interior Design Educators Council, The International Interior Design Association, and the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).  
On a lighter note:  I inherited from my college mentor a passion for classic modern furnishings.  When I’ve met parents of my students, they’ve shaken my hand and said, “You’re the professor who loves chairs, aren’t you?”

Favorite designers:
      Keith Miller
      Frank Gehry
      Marc Newson
      Ron Arad
      Charles & Ray Eames
      Le Corbusier
      Eliel & Eero Saarinen
      Alvar Aalto
      Arne Jacobsen
      Hector Guimard
      Antonio Gaudi
      Henry Van de Velde
      Zaha Hadid

I am also extremely passionate about environmentally responsible design. The built environment accounts for 40% of the energy use in the United States.  That’s more than is used by all of our cars.  Humans also spend 90% of their time indoors.  This means that as interior designers we have the opportunity to directly affect an industry that accounts for a large percentage of energy use, and affect the health impacts of environments across the country.  We’ve traditionally filled our interiors with finishes and products that off-gas toxins for at least four years after installation, and that doesn’t even take into account the unseen costs to the natural world, or the third-world inhabitants who pay with their health to keep our products cheap and our waste unseen.  Environmentally responsible design is intrinsically linked with social justice issues, and training designers to make responsible decisions when working on actual design projects is part of what makes me feel I’m contributing something of value to the world.  Last time I checked, we all need to breathe clean air, eat healthy food, and drink clean water.  That’s what it all boils down to.

Favorite design-related movies:
Eames – the Architect and the Painter
I.M. Pei, First Person Singular
Addicted to Plastic
Blue Vinyl
Who Killed the Electric Car?
My Architect
The Next Industrial Revolution
The PBS series, Design-E2
Favorite books:
Cradle to Cradle
Velvet Elvis
The Wee Free Men
Descent into Hell (Charles Williams)

Favorite Design Magazines
Interior Design

Favorite Design-related Website

Col 1:19-20
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven…

"we can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." - Albert Einstein

"architecture is music in space, as it were a frozen music." - Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Von Schelling

"space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep." - Le Corbusier

"the home should be the treasure chest for living." - Le Corbusier

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