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M Jean Edwards

M. Jean Edwards, Professor 
SOAD Assistant Director
Interior Design Coordinator
School of Architecture and Design

Office: Fletcher Hall, Room 212
Office Hours: by appointment
Phone: 337.262.1358

Professor Edwards has taught at UL Lafayette for the last 19 years. She currently teaches a foundation level design survey course and an upper level research methods course to both interior design and architecture undergraduate students. She also teaches interior design history and studio. The interior design history course can be taken for graduate credit. Her research, presented at numerous conferences, has focused on interiors history and studio pedagogy.

Recent Honors and Awards:

|.2014 IDEC Service Award – Conference Host for IDEC Annual Conference, New Orleans

|.2013 Fellow, Japan Studies Institute – San Diego State University, 2-week Summer Fellowship

|.2008 IDEC Fellow – elected to the IDEC Council of Fellows; announced at the Annual International Conference in Montreal, Canada, March

|.2008 National Writing Project Teacher Consultant – Participant in the Acadiana Writing Project 2008 Summer Institute


Presentations and Publications:

|.2014 Title: “Tradition – Selection – Creation”: Charlotte Perriand and the Lessons of Japan; Presented at the Raison D’Etre2: Crafting a Global History of Interior Decoration and Design Symposium, IDEC Annual Conference, New Orleans, Mar. 9.

|.2013 Poster – Title: Haiku: A Multi-Cultural Approach to Concept Development; Presented at IDEC SW Regional Conference in Lubbock, TX, Oct. 18.

|.2013 Panel Participant: Title: The Future of Interior Design Graduate Education: The MID? Moderated by Buie Harwood, with panelists:Scott Ageloff and Denise Guerin; Presented at IDEC Annual Conference,   Indianapolis, IN

|.2012  Title: The Environment as “Third Educator”: Examining the Reggio Emilia Approach for Application in 21st Century Classroom; Presented at   IDEC Annual Conference, Baltimore

|.2011 Title: Interior Design as Educator: Applying Reggio Emilia; Presented at IDEC SW Regional Conference in Ft. Worth, TX, October 15. Abstract   published in Conference Proceedings.

|.2011 Title: Teaching Hand Sketching and Color Rendering: An Art-full Approach; Presented at IDEC Annual Conference in Denver, CO. March 17. Abstract published on-line in 2011 Conference Proceedings, pp. 30-31, at

|.2011 Panel Moderator - Title:  The Graduate Degree as the First Professional Degree in Interior Design: A Panel Discussion; Presented at IDEC Annual Conference in Denver, CO, March 18. Abstract published on-line in 2011   Conference Proceedings, pp. 376-378 at

|.2010 Title: The Practical Art of Hand Draftsmanship and Rendering; Presented at IDEC SW Regional Conference, Fayetteville, AK. Oct 8.

|. 2010 Title: The Maison de Verre: In the Tradition of the Parisian Urban Town-house; Presented at Pre-Conference Symposium in Atlanta: Looking into the Modern Interior, March 23.

|.2010 Title: The Maison de Verre: Modernism and the Parisian Urban Hôtel; Presented at Annual International IDEC Conference in Atlanta, March 26. Abstract and Narrative published in 2010 Conference Proceedings, pp 360-366 at

|.2008 Edwards, M. Jean and Gjertson, W. Geoff. La Maison de Verre: Negotiating a Modern Domesticity. Journal of Interior Design, Vol.34, No. 2, pp.15-37. Conference Presentations & Publications