Katrina Lewis received her Bachelor of Interior Architecture in 1998 and Master of Regional and Community Planning in 2001 from Kansas State University. She has taught design studios at the college level since 1998: at Kansas State University in the Department of Interior Architecture and Industrial Design since 2001, at Chongqing Jinazhu University in the People’s Republic of China for one year, in Afghanistan at Kabul University for two summers, and in Bangladesh at the Asian University for Women for one year.
In 2014, Lewis was awarded tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in the Department of Interior Architecture and Industrial Design. She currently serves as the Director of Environmental Design Studies Program and the Director of International Programs for the College of Architecture, Planning and Design. Lewis was named the 2020 Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Undergraduate Outstanding Teaching Award recipient, which is Kansas State University’ most prestigious undergraduate teaching award.
Lewis’ scholarly interests include: teaching methodology, especially with beginning design students; international educational experiences, cultural exchanges, and study abroad; and the intersection between design and social justice. She received the honor of being selected as a Rotary Peace Fellow for professional studies in peace and conflict resolution at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand in Summer 2012. The Fellowship shaped Lewis’ desire to explore a stronger understanding between design and peace professionals and higher education. Her creative outlets include travel, reading, fiber arts, beading, and painting.