Texas Tech University

Don W. Collier

Associate Chairperson
Department of Design
College of Human Sciences

Interior Design Program Director

Associate Professor of Interior Design
College of Human Sciences

What are your research objectives and interest?

My current objective is to finish my book on CW Post and the Bungalows of Post, Texas, my home town. My main research interest is in the adaptive reuse of historic structures.

How do you feel your research impacts the globe?

I feel more like the globe impacts my research. The practice of design is to expose, study research as much as you can on what the world has, then put those experiences towards a successful outcome for a project.

Don Collier Teaching in front of bulletin board full of designs

What type of service projects have you been involved with?

Because my research is all in creative research, it is hard to draw a line between service and creative activities. My service projects/creative research activities have been ongoing renovation projects of the College of Human Sciences, Historical restoration/adaptive reuse projects for Post, Texas, and work on Estacado High School. These projects have been made a part of my classes to give the design students hands-on experiences.

What are you currently working on?

Currently working with the ID 3385 Advanced Studio II class exploring possible new construction of research facilities and extended graduate student housing for the Texas Tech Campus in Junction.

Where do you find your inspiration?

The inspiration for a design comes from the client through careful interviewing, questioning, and exploration of wants, needs, dreams and the reality of function and budget.

What advice do you have for new faculty members about balancing the components of Integrated Scholarship, Teaching, Research, and Service in their careers?

Pick an area of research that you are truly passionate about then work to integrate them all together. I love to travel and to study the history of design and that was the idea for the establishment of the ID 3325 Interior Tour Class. It is so wonderful to see the great beauty of my profession through the eyes of my students. Never think of it as separate areas, just jump in and do it all!

Collier speaking to students as they sketch

More About Don W. Collier

  • BFA in Art and Theater from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas
  • Professional Design Internship at Parsons School of Design, NYC
  • MFA in Art/Interior Design from Texas Tech University, Lubbock
  • 18 years of Professional Practice as a Design Director for Interior Design in Architectural Firms, Dallas
  • 10 years owned my own Design Showroom representing Contract Furniture Manufactures from around the world in Dallas
  • 14 years to present Interior Design Professor at Texas Tech University, Lubbock
  • Taken over 600 Interior Design Students on tour to New York City, Chicago, Boston and San Francisco where the students visited or had appointments with:
    • Interior Design Firms
    • Architectural Firms
    • Museums
    • Design Showrooms
    • Historical Architecture and Interiors
    • Manufactures of Furniture, Fabrics, Carpet, and Accessories
  • Multiple National Design Awards from the American Society of Interior Designers, Texas Society of Architects, and the American Institute of Architects
  • The Spencer A. Wells Award for Creative Teaching, Texas Tech University
  • Texas Tech University Integrated Scholar Award
  • Ongoing Creative Research Projects in Outreach and Service to both Texas Tech University, Post, Texas, and the West Texas Community.