Denise R. McAllister, NCIDQ, has taught and practiced in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry for more than thirty years. As an interior designer, she is registered in the state of Indiana and certified by the National Council for Interior Design Certification. Her projects include corporate, institutional, healthcare and residential. As a construction manager, Denise oversaw the furniture, fixtures and equipment contract for Indianapolis International Airport and numerous other commercial and residential projects. As an educator, she has taught classes in interior design and construction management. Denise has served on numerous boards and committees for the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Indiana Subcontractors Association (ISA).
Denise is a PhD candidate at Purdue University’s Polytechnic Institute and is currently working on her dissertation, Utilizing Architectural Visualization Technology to Enhance Confidence in Safe Aging in Place Modifications. Additional research efforts include studio learning in a transdisciplinary technology environment, BIM and lighting simulations, smart home technology to support aging in place, and retrofitting existing homes to create net zero homes for aging in place. She has recently presented her research at conferences for the Interior Design Educator’s Council (IDEC), the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the American Society for Engineering Educators (ASEE) and the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC).