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Shelby S. Hicks

Shelby Hicks

Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor

David Orr Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts

School of Art and Design

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.2058
Office: 391B Belk Building
Personal Website:
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


MFA in Interior Architecture with a focus in Sustainability, BS in Applied Studies with a focus in management (Magna cum Laude). I owned and operated a small design and construction company in central N.H. Completed 75% residential projects from small baths to entire home design and was the project manager responsible for ground breaking through turn key. 25% of my business was in educational and library facilities. I began teaching at a community college, realized that my experience provided real life connection to studio projects and lecture theory. I have been teaching full time since 2012. Enjoy showing young emerging designers the “rabbit hole” of interior design.


  • MFA, Endicott College, Interior Architecture focus Sustainability
  • BS, Other US Institution, Applied Studies Focus in Management

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests are in bringing "real" projects to the studio, connect community needs to design solutions in service learning projects. Out of the classroom exposure to professionals in the field, sources and learning opportunities in the industry. This approach to learning instills social responsibility, solution driven design outcomes, and a more dynamic classroom.

Research Interests

How interior design plays a vital role in development of innovative educational environments. Foci included creating a sense of well-being, challenging the expected, and supporting the idea that learning as a journey of exploration and discovery. Currently, educational facility design is governed by codes, regulations and stake-holders mental models of how facilities should perform and look, regardless of the pedagogy.

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