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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

Katherine Ankerson, MS, IDEC, IIDA, NCARB

Katherine AnkersonProfessor & Department Head
Interior Architecture & Product Design


251 Seaton Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
T: (785) 532-5992


Curriculum Vitae



Ankerson is in her fifth year as interior architecture​ & product design’s department head and spent 2014-2015 as IDEC’s President. She previously served IDEC as the Academy Administrator, Director at Large, and Editor of the IDEC Record, and is currently the 2015 past-president. Ankerson arrived at Kansas State from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she was an Associate Dean and Professor. Before that, Ankerson also held academic positions at Radford University and Washington State University after spending many years as a practicing architect and designer.

A strong proponent of design education, Ankerson believes in the potency of interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary engagement, the value of design + making, and embracing new technologies in addition to strengthening traditional design tools. She understands that design education today must prepare global design citizens who foster synergy, embrace successful collaboration, and recognize interconnectedness; with an awareness of the responsibility of individual and collective actions in personal, social, and environmental arenas.

Ankerson is an active author and has written multiple books published by Fairchild Books. Her book Illustrated Codes of Designers: Residential received the 2013 Interior Design Educators Council's Book Award. She was the lead of the 20th Anniversary Nuckolls Lighting Grant activity harnessing nine other educators representing four major universities to initiate and produce the web-based resource Lighting Across the [Design] Curriculum including a series of seven interactive modules. This resource was awarded the 2013 IDEC Media Award.