Position: Professor

photo of Sandra Hartje

Courses taught:  Introduction to Interior Design, Family Housing, Introduction to AutoCAD, Advanced AutoCAD for Interior Design, Lighting Design, Universal Design in Housing, and Foundations and Contemporary Issues in Family and Consumer Sciences

Research interests:
Accessible and universal design in housing; environmental issues related to housing and health; affordable housing and housing issues for women and children.  Dr. Hartje has presented locally, nationally and internationally on universal design and has published work in the American Association of Family and Consumer Science Research Journal and the Journal of Housing and Society, as well as co-authored a text chapter on universal design.  

Experience:  Dr. Hartje joined the SPU faculty in 1989 and has overseen the interior design program since the early 1990’s. 

Professional memberships:  Housing Education and Research Association (HERA); American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS); Northwest Universal Design Coalition, and member of the Housing Task Force; Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

On a lighter note:  I am passionate about applying the mission of Family and Consumer Sciences – to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities – to housing, on both the individual/household and community planning levels.  The multidisciplinary nature of housing, encompassing design, construction, affordability, economics, planning, public policy, social issues, etc. fascinates me.  Winston Churchill said ‘we shape our dwellings; thereafter, they shape us’. 

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