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Dr. Patrick Lee Lucas named new Director of the School of Interiors

July 1, 2013   |   School

Dr. Patrick Lee Lucas has been named the new Director of the School of Interiors at the University of Kentucky College of Design.

“I see great promise at UK for advancing interior design education in a place that has a strong history for training young designers” said Dr. Lucas. “I am excited at the prospect of contributing to the design field in thinking through and operationalizing the program.”
Dr. Lucas comes to UK/CoD from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He received his Ph.D in American Studies from Michigan State University, his M.A. in interior design from the University of Kentucky, and B.Arch from the University of Cincinnati.
The author of numerous articles and research topics such as the built environments of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, Dr. Lucas has presented in conferences around the world.  His work includes the development of a manuscript entitled "Athens on the Frontier: Grecian Style in the Valley of the West, 1820-1860." His current research concerns Greensboro architect Edward Lowenstein and his mid-twentieth century design aesthetic.  
He received the UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011, recognizing his community-engaged approach to design and his commitment to quality education.
While at UNCG, Dr. Lucas participated on many faculty committees, and served as the Chancellor's Fellow to the Lloyd International Honors College, where he taught material and visual analysis. In 2010 and again in 2011, he was named the Faculty Fellow to the Office of Leadership Service Learning. Under this fellowship, he studied the impact of community engagement on the department.  In 2012-2013, he directed the Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons for the University.