Texas Tech University

Kristi Gaines, Ph.D., IIDA, IDEC

Director of Graduate Programs, Associate Professor
Interior Design

Email: kristi.gaines@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-4699

Office: HS 103A

Kristi Gaines is the Director of the Graduate Programs in Interior and Environmental Design at Texas Tech University. She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Design with collaterals in Architecture and Education and has a combined 20 years of professional interior design and teaching experience. She is a member of several professional organizations and has served on the Board for the International Interior Design Association Texas-Oklahoma Chapter. Currently she is the National Scholarship Collaborative Coordinator for the Interior Design Educator's Council. Dr. Gaines is the recipient of several teaching and service awards and is a graduate of the inaugural class of the President's Leadership Institute at Texas Tech.

Kristi Gaines

Research Focus

Dr. Gaines' research concerns the impact of the built environment on the behavior of vulnerable populations. Her projects have received external grant funding and have been presented and published in numerous scholarly journals. She is co-author of the book, Designing for Autism Spectrum Disorders with Routledge Publishing. Many of her research projects have investigated the impact of classroom design in the United States, United Kingdom and Malawi, Africa. Her collaborative projects emphasize the multi-disciplinary approach between interior design, architecture, healthcare, and education. She has worked in partnership with professors and experts in neurodiverse populations in the United States and United Kingdom. A current research project combines neuroscience and augmented reality visualization using fMRI technology to compare the behavioral and neural responses for neurodiverse populations. She has also recently teamed up with researchers in apparel design and manufacturing to develop functional clothing for children with sensory integrative dysfunction.

Areas of Expertise

  • Design for vulnerable populations
  • Design of inclusive environments
  • Design for the senses

Selected Publications

Gaines, K., Bourne, A., Pearson, M., Kleibrink, M. (2016) Designing for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Routledge. New York. ISBN-10: 0415725275 ISBN-13: 978-0415725279

Colwell, M., Gaines, K., Pinson, M., Corson, K. (2016). Space, Place, and Privacy: Preschool Children's Secret Hiding Places. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal. (44)4.

Gharaveis, A., Shepley, M. M., & Gaines, K. (2016). The Role of Daylighting in Skilled Nursing Short-Term Rehabilitation Facilities. HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 9(2), 105-118.

Gaines, K., Curry, Z., Shroyer, J., Amor, C., Lock, R. (2014). The perceived effects of classroom design and features on students with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Architectural Planning and Research. (31:4) 282-298.

Gaines, K., Bergan, L., Curry, Z. (2014). Full spectrum classroom design. The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities (Volume 20) 15-28.

Gaines, K., Sancibrian, S. (2014). The effects of environmental noise on the behavior of children with ASD. The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design (Volume 7, Issue 2), 51-64.

Aburas, R., Gaines, K., Shin, S. (2014). Physical and psychosocial factors in classroom design for elementary level schools. The International Journal of Early Childhood Learning. (Vol. 20), 19-35.

Shabha, G. & Gaines, K (2013) "A comparative analysis of transatlantic design interventions for therapeutically enhanced learning environments – Texas vs West Midlands", Facilities, Vol. 31 Issue 13/14, pp.634 – 658.

Gaines, K., Curry, Z. (2011). The effects of color on learning and behavior. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences Education, 29(1).







Department of Design