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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

Interior Architecture & Product Design

Message from the Interim Program Director

Katherine Ankerson

Hello Friends!


This summer K-State, my beloved alma mater, contacted me and asked me to serve as the IAPD Interim Program Director. I was immediately intrigued and honored to be asked to serve in such a role. After much thought I decided to accept this offer as the formal search committee searches to find a permanent department head.

Interior Architecture and Product Design department has a rich history and I’ve been fortunate to be involved at so many levels in this program. My first experience in IAPD was as a student, and I was inspired by many of the great faculty members who shaped the program - Jack Durgan, Fayez Husseni, Jim DuBois, Allan Hastings and so many others.

Through the years, I’ve been tied to IAPD students in a number of ways such as Dallas field trip tours, guest lecturer, guest critic, and team teaching studios, as well as, serving on the IAPD Advisory Board for a number of years. In 2011, I was selected as a KSU Alumni Honoree which was such a special recognition.

Upon graduating from K-State’s Department of Interior Architecture & Product Design in May of 2001, I moved to Texas to dive deeper into the commercial design profession. I spent three years working for Sterling Barnett Little, focusing on healthcare design. For the last 12 years, I’ve been working at Gensler in Dallas. I have worked with various worldwide clients ranging from retail store rollouts with Dal-Tile, Texas law firm Jackson Walker, Cenovus Energy, Royal Dutch Shell, Devon Energy, AT&T, Texas Instruments, Sewell, and Alcuin School.


During my professional career I’ve been fortunate to be involved in a number of professional organizations such as the IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter as a past president, Texas Association for Interior Designers for the legislative coalition and was recognized as an IIDA member of the year. Through the years I have also devoted myself to Universal Design, become a Registered Interior Designer with the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners and have been designated a LEED accredited professional.

It is a big honor to serve the students and faculty at K-State as the Interim Program Director in the Department of Interior Architecture & Product Design.


Amie Keener


Amie T. Keener RID, IIDA, CDT, LEED AP

Interior Architecture & Product Design

Interim Program DirectorCollege of Architecture

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