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Jon Daniel Davey

Jon Daniel Davey, PhD, Professor

Architecture & Interior Design

Professor Jon Daniel Davey Ph.D., A.I.A., Distinguished Faculty in the School of Architecture is an Architect, Registered Interior Designer, Founder and Director of Kid Architecture/Architecture Camps, Le Petit Grand Tour d’Architecture Programs, and President of the RBF Dome NFP (preservation of the R. Buckminster Fuller Dome Home). Professor Davey has been awarded numerous teaching and service awards including; School of Architecture Teacher of the Year (five times), College Teacher of the Year (twice), College Core Curriculum Teacher of the Year, and E. J. and Mary C. Simon Distinguished Faculty Award, School of Architecture Scholar of the year and College Scholar of the year, Lindell W. Sturgis Award, and Southern Illinois Leaders Among Us Class of 2017.

As program director of Kid Architecture, he has developed and conducted workshops for young people aged 9-18 dealing with the design of the built environment with a special interest in architecture and interior design for the last 32 years. These workshops have received grants and scholarships from the Illinois Arts Council, Prairie Illinois – A.I.A., and the Architects Foundation, in partnership with Armstrong World Industries Foundation. To date there have been 300 workshops nationwide being awarded; An Award of Merit from the American Architecture Foundation (twice), the Citation of Honor AIA Illinois, The R. Buckminster Fuller Award from the American Institute of Architects Illinois, Award of Distinction in the Children’s Environmental Advocacy The Urban Network, Commendations from The Construction Specification Institute Southern Illinois Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Presidential Award for Education, Connections Citation, and Illinois State School Board. His academic experience includes a Ph.D. (A Theoretical Model of Learning Employing Constructivism, Phenomenology and Neuroscience: Constructivist Neurophenomenology), an MS in Education, MED in Environmental Design, a Stage D'Architecture et Dessin D'Interieur, Ecole De Beaux-Arts, Paris, a BS in Architectural Studies an AAS in Architectural Technology and a Certificate of Education from the Jose Marti Institute, Havana, Cuba. He has design experience in architecture and engineering offices as well as his own firm Prairie Design Studio, now Atelier Davey. Pertaining to Travel/Study programs professor Davey has developed and conducted 82 travel/study programs to Europe, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, India, and Cuba. His present research is quite eclectic to include Neuroscience in Architecture, Architecture History, Computer-Aided Design, and Environment Behavior Studies.

Jon Davey

Quigley Hall 404


  • Ph.D. in Education, SIUC, Fall 2011
  • 2006 Certificado Panorama del Desarrollo Educacional Y Cientifico en Cuba. Certificate on the Development of Education and Science in Cuba, from the Center for the Studies of Jose Matri, SIU International Academic and Research Mission to the Republic of Cuba 2006, Havana Cuba
  • 1993 PhD. Coursework EBS University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Architecture
  • 1987 Master of Science in Education, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Carbondale, Illinois
  • 1987 Stage D’Architecture et Dessin D’Interieur, Ecole De Beaux-Arts
  • Certificate, Paris American Academy, Paris, France
  • 1986 Master of Science in Environmental Design, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
  • 1979 Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Teaching Awards

  • College Scholar of the Year 2007-2008
  • John and Mary Simon Distinguished Teacher 2006
  • College Teacher of the Year 2005-2006 and 1999-2000
  • College Core CurriclumTeacher of the Year 2001
  • Department Teacher of the Year 1993-1994, 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2004-2005, 2005-2006
  • Distinguished Faculty Award, Southern Illinois University Carbondale