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Jihyun Song

Associate Professor, Interior Design

Mailing Address

Interior Design Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011

Contact Information

Phone: (515) 294-3397
Office: 381 Design

Song is an associate professor in the College of Design at Iowa State University and a LEED Accredited Professional. Her major research interests are wayfinding design and concepts in architectural interior space, evidence-based design research and practice in healthcare design education, innovative method of design communication and visualization, color education in environmental context, and creative approaches to the design scholarship. Her works have been internationally and nationally recognized from award competitions and exhibitions—juried international, national, and regional conferences and meetings. As a design educator, Song was honored to receive the teaching award from the College of Design in Iowa State University (Polster Teaching Award, Best Studio Professor of the Year, 2010). Her contribution featured in program’s curriculum development that includes the new interdisciplinary healthcare design studio sponsored by the HDR Architecture, Inc. in Omaha. As a design scholar and creative designer, she was involved as one of five illustrators for a book in which narrative inquiry and analysis provides a holistic approach to design thinking. Her illustrations were published to feature key aspects of stories within the book’s chapters on the impact of civility and empathy within interiors, as well as place identity (Dohr & Portillo, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2011).


B.F.A., Interior Environmental Design, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea
M.F.A., Interior Design, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea
M.S., Interior Design, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Research Interests

Integrating wayfinding design research and principles for research-based practice; Translating evidence-based design research and practice into healthcare design education; Innovative method of design communication and visualization using hybrid media; Color education in environmental context; Creative approaches to the design scholarship ​

Current Projects

Creative Scholarship

Guo, J. & Song, J., “A Study on the Impact of Biophilic Design on Noise Perception: How to Approach a Reduction in Noise Annoyance Through Design”, 2011 EDRA 48th Annual Conference, Paper Presentation, May 31 – June 3, 2017, Madison, WI

Cho Y. & Song J., Linking Wellness to Design: Creating a Tool for Evaluating User’s Wellness Experience at the Main Lobby of Healthcare Environments”, 2017 IDEC International Conference, Scholarship Poster Presentation, March 8 – 11, 2017, Chicago, IL

Song J., “Creating the Fourth Dimension on Site with Light, Shade, and Shadow”, 2014 IDEC Midwest Regional Conference, Creative Scholarship Presentation, October 16 – 18, 2014, Union, NJ

Lare J. & Song J., Evaluating the Effectiveness of Visualization Style in Design Communication through the Emotion of Color”, 2013 IDEC Midwest Regional Conference, Paper Presentation, October 15 – 16, 2013, Chicago, IL

Song, J. & Campbell C., “Breaking Boundaries between Practice and Academia: A Collaborative Approach to Studio Education”, 2013 IDEC International Conference, Scholarship Paper Presentation, February 17 – 19, 2013, Indianapolis, IN

Scholarship of Teaching / Service

2016 AIA-AAH STERIS Student Design Charrette, co-faculty advisor of student participants from ISU, Transportation Health: Bridging the Gap Between Urban Health and the Texas Medical Center”, Healthcare Design Expo + Conference, Houston, TX, November 12 – 15, 2016

2014 AIA Healthcare Student Design Charrette, faculty advisor of student participants from ISU, “Reimagining Outpatient Health and Wellness  Environments: Generative Emergency Action Response”, 27th Annual Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo in Chicago, September 30 – October 2, 2014

2013 AIA Healthcare Student Design Charrette, faculty advisor of student participants from ISU, “Creating Generative Space Environments for an Aging Population”, 26th Annual Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo in Chicago, September 28 – October 3, 2013

Current Scholarship