Mentor: Dr. Margaret Portillo
College of Design, Construction and Planning
"I applied under the encouragement of my mentor to the Scholars program in the hopes of expanding my knowledge of environmental color and research skills. My goal is to successfully finish data collection over the fall semester and learn how to appropriately analysis this data with my faculty mentor."
Rinker School Interior Design Project competition award (2012)
Cirino Scholarship (2012)
Florida Home Builders Scholarship (2008)
Women's Republican Club of Naples Scholarship (2008)
The Forum Club William S Gentry Award (2008)
Florida Bright Futures Florida Academic Scholars (2008-Present)
Westside Baptist Church Preschool
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Color Knowledge and Perceived Color Value in the Built Environment: A Mixed Method Comparison of Design Students
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the level of color knowledge and its perceived value by beginning and advanced interior design students. This study will examine the perceived contribution of color comparing beginning and advanced students in relation to an index of their color knowledge. Further, this study builds on and expands a precedent study conducted in Sweden that examined architecture students’ perceived color values and knowledge. The findings from this study called ‘Color Research in Architectural Education: A Cross-cultural Explorative Study’ (Janssens & Mikellides, 1998) will be compared to the findings of my proposed study, which will expand the color index to also include CIDA guidelines as well as incorporate a qualitative portion. A random sample of students from an accredited and nationally ranked interior design program will be administered a questionnaire to assess their basic color knowledge at the beginning and upper division level. The survey also will assess a perceived value of color to design. This will help determine if there is a link between students that have a clear understanding of color and the perceived level of color complexity in their design projects. The quantitative data will be analyzed to examine any statistically significant differences that emerge between the groups and a content analysis of the qualitative responses will help to reinforce and elaborate those results.