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Interior Design Faculty

Our faculty are a unique blend of researchers, educators and professionals who are proven experts in their fields.

Rolando Gonzalez-Torres, PhD, Director, Associate Professor

Architecture & Interior Design

Architect and educator with more than 25 years of experience of teaching on higher education centers in Mexico, Spain and the USA. He received a PhD in architecture from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Barcelona Tech); a Master of Arts in Education from Western Kentucky University; a Master of Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University; and a Bachelor of Architecture from Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, México.

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Rolando Gonzalez Torres

Quigley Hall 406

Jennifer Z. Matthews, Instructor

Interior Design

A proud alumna of SIU Carbondale's interior design program, Jennifer's professional portfolio includes commercial projects for education, professional offices, healthcare, financial, and judicial interiors.

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Jennifer Z. Matthews Faculty Photo

Phone: 618-453-1288
Office: Quigley Hall 131D

Laura Morthland, Program Director, Associate Professor

Interior Design

A member of SIU faculty since 2006, Laura Morthland currently serves as Director of the Interior Design program. Professor Morthland instructs students in a variety of foundational and advanced coursework related to design concepts, history, and interior finishing materials.

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Laura Morthland Phone: 618-453-3717
Office: Quigley Hall 131E

Peter Smith, Associate Professor

Architecture & Interior Design

Peter Smith's dynamic freshman design projects have garnered students much praise and media attention for their innovation and style. Focusing on three-dimensional perception and shared cultural experiences, Professor Smith's design communication courses have been featured in multiple news outlets, and continue to guide new students to their own creative voices each year.

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Peter Smith

Phone: 618-453-1109
Office: Quigley Hall 131C

Steven Turnipseed, Senior Lecturer

Architecture & Interior Design

Steve taught Architecture and Urban Design at Ball State University, The University of Texas at Arlington, and Texas A and M University for 11 years before joining the Grand Rapids, Michigan, office of URS Corporation for 22 years. As a Senior Design Architect at URS, his facility designs included award winning schools, medical facilities and other commercial and institutional projects. Steve has been an Instructor at Southern Illinois University since 2010, where he has taught architectural design at all levels.

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Steven Turnipseed

Quigley Hall 401