Assistant Professor, Interior Design
Research Interests: History of interiors, sense of place, creativity and visualization, and historic preservation
PhD in environmental design and planning from the College of Architecture at Virginia Tech.
April Allen is an assistant professor in Interior Design Program in the School of Planning, Design and Construction at Michigan State University. She graduated from the College of Architecture at Virginia Tech with a PhD in Environmental Design and Planning in 2004. Allen is National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Certified and served as a Qualified Council Juror for the exam from 2000–2003. She is a member of the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) and the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), serving as a conference paper reviewer and on the Program Committee for the EDRA37 Conference in Atlanta. Allen practiced Interior Design for 18 years, concentrating in the area of retail store planning before beginning graduate school in 1997. She has teaching experience at all levels from first-year through graduate courses in both studio and lecture formats. Currently, Allen teaches History of Interiors and a course in historic preservation. Her teaching philosophy aims to encourage students to think creatively, act ethically and take initiative in creating more functional, sustainable and aesthetically pleasing environments.