Faculty and Staff

Laura Malinin

Laura Malinin

Assistant Professor, Director of the Richardson Design Center
260 Aylesworth SE
(970) 491-5243


Ph.D. University of Colorado
M.Ed. University of Texas
B.A. Rice University

Teaching Emphasis

  • Design Studio
  • Design-Research Integration (Evidence-Based Design and Participatory Design Processes)
  • Creativity and Design Theory
  • Design Technologies (Revit, Adobe Creative Suite)
  • Professional Practice

Research Emphasis

  • Cognitive Studies of Creativity and Design Processes
  • Psycho-spatial Dynamics and Enactive Environments (psychological, physiological, sociological impacts of designed environments)
  • 4D Space: Technology-Supported Environments, Augmented Reality, and the Internet of Things
  • Place-Based Education / Service Learning

Research and Scholarship (selected)

Malinin, L. H. (in press). Situated Design-Thinking in Architectural Practice: Analyzing and Extending Schön’s Epistemology. Ardeth, 2.

Malinin, L. H. (in press) Soft skill development in service-learning: towards creative resilience in design practice. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Urban Design and Planning.

Burzynska, A. Z., Malinin, L. H. (2017). Enriched environments for healthy aging: A framework for quality assessment in senior housing design. Seniors Housing and Care Journal, 25(1), 15-37.

Perry, A., Malinin, L., Sanders, E., Li, Y., & Leigh, K. (2017). Exploring consumer needs and design purposes of smart clothing from designers’ perspectives. International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education.

Mobley, C., Leigh, K. E., Malinin, L. H. (2017). Examining relationships between physical environments and behaviors of residents with dementia in a retrofit special care unit. Journal of Interior Design, 42(1).

Malinin, L. H. (2017). Rethinking educational spaces in school design. In Million, A., Heinrich, A. J., Coelen, T., (Eds.), Education, space and urban planning: Education as a component of the city. Berlin: Springer, 67-78.

Derr, V., Malinin, L., Banasiak, M. (2016). Engaging citizens, transforming designers: Analysis of a campus-community partnership through the lens of children’s rights to participation, Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 9.2, 53-64.

Malinin, L. H., Williams, A., Leigh, K. E. (2016). The Psycho-Spatial Dynamics of Workplace Designs for Creative Disruption. In Robert DeFillippi, Alison Rieple and Patrik Wikström (Ed.), Business Innovation and Disruption By Design (vol. 4). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Malinin, L. H. (2016). Creative Practices Embodied, Embedded, and Enacted in Architectural Settings: Towards an Ecological Model of Creativity. Frontiers in Psychology, 6(1978).

Malinin, L. H. (2015). Schuldesign. Bildungsräume für Kinder und Jugendliche überdenken. In Thomas Coelen, Anna Juliane Heinrich, and Angela Million (Ed.), Stadtbaustein Bildung (pp. 75-88). Berlin: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden. http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-658-07314-5_6

Tremblay, K. R., Leigh, K. E., Malinin, L. H., Huber, A. M. (2014). Designing small homes: An interior design studio project. Journal of Modern Educational Review, 4(4), 299-303.

Leigh, K., Tremblay, K., Miller, N., Huber, A., Malinin, L., & Jackson, D. (2013). A Design Case Examining Learning in the D-Lab. International Journal of Designs for Learning, 4(2), 80-91.

Leigh, K., Tremblay, K., Huber, A., & Malinin, L. (2013). Design thinking and millennial learning: Creativity and collaboration. Paper presented at the International Conference on the Constructed Environment, Lisbon, Portugal, October.

Malinin, L., Parnell, R. (2012) Reconceptualizing School Design: Learning Environments for Children and Youth. In Children, Youth and Environments Vol. 22 No. 1 (Spring 2012).

Chawla, L., Flanders-Cushing, D., Malinin, L. H., Pevec, I., van Vliet, W., and Zuniga, K. (2012). "Children and the Environment." In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Childhood Studies. New York: Oxford University Press, www.oxfordbibliographiesonline.com.

Awards, Recognitions, Grants, and Competitions (selected)

2017 - Tenure-Track Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, College of Health and Human Science, Colorado State University

2015 - EDRA CORE, Environmental Design Research Association Certificate of Research Excellence

2015 - Emerging Team Interdisciplinary Scholarship Award, Vice President for Research, Colorado State University

2014 - TILT Teaching Fellow, The Institute for Learning and Teaching, Colorado State University

2014 - Mortar Board Rose Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Mortar Board Honor Society, Colorado State University

2013 - CU-LEAD Alliance Faculty Appreciation Award

2013 - ENVD Diverse Scholars Program Faculty Appreciation Award