Position:  Instructor of Interior Design, Designer w/Miller and Associates Interior Consultants

photo of Beth Miller

Name:  Beth Marie Miller, NCIDQ Certificate #018834

Courses taught: Interior Design Studio, Intermediate Design Studio, Materials and Resources for Interiors, Global Impacts of Design, Contemporary Design History

Research interests: 
Sculptural furnishings, environmentally responsible design, design and architectural history

Experience: Professor Miller joined the SPU faculty in 2002.  She previously worked in hospitality design, and remains a designer with  Miller Interior Design, L.L.C.  She obtained NCIDQ Certification in 2003 and completed LEED Certification in 2008.  She has published in the Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences, served as a judge for the Northwest Design Awards, and been invited to speak at the Seattle Design Center.  She is also working on expanding her portfolio of sculptural furniture designs

Professional memberships:  The Interior Design Educators Council, The International Interior Design Association, United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Sustainable Style Foundation. 
On a lighter note:  I inherited from my college mentor a passion for classic modern furnishings.  When I’ve met parents of my students, they’ve shaken my hand and said, “You’re the professor who loves chairs, aren’t you?”

Favorite designers:
      Keith Miller
      Frank Gehry
      Marc Newson
      Ron Arad
      Charles & Ray Eames
      Le Corbusier
      Eliel & Eero Saarinen
      Alvar Aalto
      Arne Jacobsen
      Hector Guimard
      Antonio Gaudi
      Henry Van de Velde

I am also extremely passionate about environmentally responsible design – specifically, cradle-to-cradle design.  This concept was created by William McDonough and  Michael Braungart, founders of MBDC.  I had the privilege of hearing William McDonough speak at an IDEC conference, where my entire perception of the world was changed.  I went out, bought his book (Cradle to Cradle), read it, and added content from it into every one of my classes.  Not only does the book describe the appalling nature of our current environmental crisis, but it offers hope and solution to the situation. 

Favorite design-related movies:
Addicted to Plastic
Blue Vinyl
Who Killed the Electric Car?
My Architect
The Next Industrial Revolution
The PBS series, Design-E2
Favorite books:
Cradle to Cradle
Velvet Elvis
The Wee Free Men
Descent into Hell (Charles Williams)

Favorite Design Magazines
Interior Design

Favorite Design-related Website

Col 1:19-20
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven…

"we can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." - Albert Einstein

"architecture is music in space, as it were a frozen music." - Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Von Schelling

"space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep." - Le Corbusier

"the home should be the treasure chest for living." - Le Corbusier

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