Faculty and Staff

Katharine E. Leigh, Ph.D.

Katharine Leigh

256 Aylesworth SE
(970) 491-5042


Ph.D.Colorado State University
M.S. University of Massachusetts at Amherst
B.A. American University

Teaching Emphasis

  • Evidence-Based Design/Research
  • Creativity
  • Interior/Architectural Design Studios
  • Materials
  • Ergonomics
  • Space Planning
  • International Education

Research Emphasis

  • Service Learning
  • Innovation/Creativity
  • Sustainable Practice in Design
  • Space for Work, Health, and Learning

Research and Scholarship (selected)

Leigh, K. E., Huber, A. M., Tremblay, K. R., Jr., Miller, N., Malinin, L., & Jackson, D. (2013). Impact of the physical environment: A design case study examining creativity, collaboration, and millennial learning. International Journal of Designs for Learning, 4(2), 80-91.

Leigh, K., Huber, A., & Tremblay, K. (2013). Fostering Individual and organizational creativity in design. Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, 11(7), 64-69.

Leigh, K. E., & Clevenger, C. (2013). Service-learning cross-cultural collaboration: Sustainable actions in an elementary school, Bagaces, Costa Rica. International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering, 8(1) 102-115.

Huber, A. M., Leigh, K. E., & Tremblay, K. R., Jr. (2012). Creativity processes of students in design studio. College Student Journal, 46(4), 903-913.

Barr, S., Leigh, K.E., Dunbar, B., & Tremblay, K. R., Jr. (2011). Green schools that teach: Whole-school sustainability. Greenbuild, 2011, 6, 1-7 (www.usgbc.org).

Leigh, K. E., Chenhall, E. & Saunders, C. (2009) Linking Practice to the Classroom: Teaching Performance Analysis. Paper presented at the Academy of Human Resource Development 2009 Americas Conference, Washington, DC

Karayan, M. Bickle, M. & Leigh, K. (2008). Impact of the Internet on Women-Owned Businesses. International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) conference (November 2008).

Awards, Recognitions, Grants, and Competitions (selected)

2010 Design Intelligence Most Admired Design Educator

2010 Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

2009 Instructional Innovation in Service-Learning, Colorado State University