Laura Malinin

Assistant Professor and Interior Design Program Director
Colorado State University

Laura Malinin, AIA, EDAC, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C is a registered architect (Texas), cognitive scientist, and tenure-track faculty at Colorado State University where she has received awards for teaching and research excellence. She holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture and Art/Art History from Rice University, M.Ed. in Educational Technology from the University of Texas, and joint PhD from the University of Colorado in Design and Planning through the College of Architecture and Planning and Cognitive Science through the Institute of Cognitive Science. Over 20 years combined experiences in professional design practice and higher education help her bridge scholarly investigation and practical applications in architectural and interior designs. At the core of her research is the concept of psycho-spatial dynamics, which considers how learning emerges from interactions in and with physical environments. This concept is central to her teaching, research, and practice, which keep at the forefront the importance of understanding people’s relationships with their environments. She is particularly interested in how the design of spaces can promote user creativity, resilience, health, and wellbeing. Dr Malinin’s recent publications include topics in design education and creativity theory, workplace creativity, and reconceptualizing designs for learning spaces and schools.