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Kristi Gaines, Ph.D., IIDA, IDEC, EDRA

Assistant Professor/Director of Graduate Programs
Phone: (806) 834-4699
Office: HS 103A


Kristi Gaines received her Ph.D. in Environmental Design with collaterals in Architecture and Education. She has 14 years of professional interior design experience (NCIDQ) including projects in healthcare, hospitality, office, and high-end residential design. Her research and publications focus on the impact of the built environment on the behavior of individuals with neurodiversities. Her collaborative projects emphasize the interdisciplinary approach between interior design, architecture, education, and healthcare in the US and UK. She is a member of several professional organizations and currently serves as the Education Director for the International Interior Design Association Texas-Oklahoma Chapter.