By Selena Stevens
Portillo, a leading scholar in interior design research
methodology, launched the Strategic Stories Project,
which has developed a narrative inquiry method similar
to those used in education and medicine.
29, 2001 (Lexington, Ky.) --
University of Kentucky Interior Design Associate Professor
Margaret Portillo has been honored for her career
of research with the UK College of Human Environmental
Sciences Outstanding Research Award. The award was
presented at the college's annual Evening of Excellence.
has been a leading scholar in interior design research
chairperson of the Research Council for the Foundation
of Interior Design Research, she launched the Strategic
Stories Project, which has developed a narrative inquiry
method, similar to those used in education and medicine.
has been heralded by interior design scholars as one
of the top in the field and has been highlighted in
several academic and trade journals, including Interior
and Sources, Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences
and Design Studies.
was selected to edit a special issue of the Journal
of Interior Design focusing on the research methods
embodied in the Strategic Stories project. She is
one of only a handful of people who have been asked
to guest edit this journal.
nomination for the award was supported by J.H. Dohr,
professor and associate dean with the School of Human
Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Kayem
Dunn, executive director of the Foundation for Interior
Design Education Research; and Sheila Danko, associate
professor of design at the Cornell University Department
of Design and Environmental Analysis.
clear to me that she has successfully moved our research
agenda forward, producing work that is accessible
to a wide range of interior design educators and practitioners,"
Dunn said. "Her work strongly supports the FIDER mission
to lead the interior design profession to excellence."
has been at UK since 1991 after earning her doctorate
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.