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Laura Morthland

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

Research Interests

  • Collaborative & Interdisciplinary Pedagogy, Creative Learning


  • Master of Interior Architecture, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, 2003
  • Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, 2000

Certifications & Memberships

  • NCIDQ Certification since 2007
  • Member of Interior Design Educators Council [IDEC]
  • Member of International Interior Design Association [IIDA], Gateway Chapter

Courses Taught

  • ARC/ID 251 Design I: Concept
  • ARC/ID 252 Design II: Order
  • ID 331 History of Interior Design
  • ID 341 Interior Textiles & Finish Materials
  • ID 372 Interior Design Construction
  • ID 374 Materials & Specifications
  • ID 392 Design IV: Complexity
  • ID 432 Interior Design Seminar
  • ID 491 Design V: Corporate

Teaching Notables

  • 2020 Top 10 Honorable Mention, G. Whittington; Course: ID 491
  • 2017 National Winner, C. Cathcart; Course: ID 491
  • 2015 Top 5 Semi Finalist, S. Dieasburg; Course: ID 491
  • 2013 Top 10 Honorable Mention, T. Behl; Course: ID 491


  1. Morthland, L.M., Schwartz, C., and Barnett, D. (2016, October). Lactation accommodation at SIU. Abstract presented at the 2016 Applied Science and Arts [ASA] Multidisciplinary Research Symposium, Carbondale, IL.
  2. Cho, S., Kidd, L.K., Morthland, L.M. and Adkinson, S. (2015, November). Developing soft skills through multidisciplinary cooperative and situated learning. Paper of distinction Pedagogy Track. Paper presented at the 2015 International Textiles and Apparel Association Conference, Santa Fe, NM.
  3. Schwartz, C., Morthland, L.M., & McDonald, S.S. (July, 2014). Building a social framework: Utilizing design/build to provide social learning experiences for architecture students. Architectural Theory Review, 19(1), 76-91.
  4. Morthland, L.M. and McPeek, K.T. (2012, July). Blurring the line: An experiment in interdisciplinary design education. Virtual presentation at the 2012 International Conference, The Future of Education, 2nd Edition, Florence, Italy.