Dr. Mariana Garcia Junqueira
Interior Architecture & Industrial Design
1087 Seaton Hall
920 N Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Manhattan KS 66506-2902
T: (785) 532-5992
As a trained Interior Designer (2008), Architect, and Urbanist (2012), Mariana Junqueira has taken an interdisciplinary approach to Interior Architecture, specializing in its intersections with a range of topics that encourage equitable access to design thinking, design education, and the built environment in its multiple scales.
After years of professional practice, design teaching, and pedagogical training, Professor Junqueira has earned a specialist degree in Interior and Lighting Design (2012) and a master’s degree in Urbanism, History, and Architecture of Cities (2015) in Brazil, and a Ph.D. in Planning, Policy, and Design, with an emphasis in Visual Studies (2020), at the University of California, Irvine. She has also researched design pedagogies and focused on theories of place and homemaking.
Professor Junqueira’s qualitative approach to design processes informs future interior architects on how to design more responsibly, especially in post-crisis contexts (e.g., natural disasters). At the University of California, Irvine, Professor Junqueira was also a Teaching Assistant, a Teaching Associate, and a Pedagogical Liaison within the School of Social Ecology. In 2019, she was a recipient of the prestigious Pedagogical Fellowship, awarded by the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation.
As an academic, Professor Junqueira enjoys collaborating with students in creative processes and challenging them to advance the scholarship in a way that is critically, socially, and culturally conscious, and that engages the world at a range of scales. After all, she believes that Interior Architecture and Industrial Design are fully integrated with the environmentally changing world in which we live, and it should be thought (and taught) as such.