212B Seaton Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
Assistant Professor Kendra Kirchmer received a Master of Fine Arts in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2016 where she was also awarded the President’s Scholarship. She received a Bachelor of Architecture, with a minor in Philosophy from Kansas State University in 2003. She is the founder of Studio Kirchmer, a small-batch furniture and object studio. Her designs have earned international and national recognition through exhibitions in Milan, Italy and in New York. Notably, her work was selected for inclusion in the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) Studio class of 2017.
Before pursuing her master’s, she practiced commercial and residential architecture at award-winning design firms in Kansas City (Hufft) and in Boston (Gensler and Hacin + Associates). This variety of work, merging of disciplines, and range of scale has given her insight the very particular ways in which people live, work, and play, and how those experiences are impacted and enhanced through design.
Professor Kirchmer’s research interests mainly focus on trans-disciplinary collaboration in both design practice and in teaching and learning. Her areas of study are comprised of - but not limited to - furniture and object design and fabrication; health and the built environment; visual communication; material and form languages; human-centered design; biophilic design principles. Her most recent peer reviewed publications and poster presentations have been on the topic of design thinking in medicine and the application of human-centered design principles within care environments for quality improvement in patient, household, community, and provider outcomes as well as innovation in medical education