Emily Valentine

Emily Valentine

Emily Valentine

Assistant Professor of Teaching


Hayes Hall 230
108 N Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Interior Design
  • Design Foundations
  • Age-Friendly Design
  • Universal Design and ADA
  • Lighting


  • M.F.A. Design Research and Development, Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Aging, The Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio
  • B.S. Interior Design; Business Administration Minor, High Point University, High Point, NC

Select Recognition

  • University Fellowship, The Ohio State University, 2015-2016
  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Current CV [pdf]

Emily’s research centers on improving the experience of interior environments for older adults. She has identified elements of space, such as color temperature of light, that influence how older adults feel in their spaces. Her research also addresses needs in current and future senior living environments, universal design, and aging-inclusive design. She co-founded The Center for Inclusive Aging and Design Research where she researched and addressed design-related needs of the aging population. She has been published in design journals and presented at numerous academic and professional design and aging conferences. 

Although originally from New Jersey, she has come to love Columbus, where she lives with her husband, son, and fluffy dog. Outside of teaching, Emily's number one priority is playing with her young son, exposing him to the joys of design! She also enjoys crafting activities and has recently learned to sew garments.

Active Community and University Service and Leadership

  • IIDA: OH/KY Student Conference Planning Committee
  • Department: Interior Design Committee
  • Department: Design Foundations Committee
  • Department: Diversity, Equity, and Belonging Committee
  • Department: Undergrad Strategic Planning Committee

Selected Publications

  • Valentine, Emily and Haase, Jeffrey. “What Does Senior Living Look Like in 2070?,” IDEC Annual Conference. Tulsa, OK. 4–7 March 2020
  • Haase, Jeffrey and Valentine, Emily. “Restructuring an Interior Design Course to Encourage Empathy and Prepare for the Year 2070,” IDEC Annual Conference. Tulsa, OK. 4–7 March 2020
  • Matheny, Rebekah and Bell, Emily. (2018). “Light’s Impact on Color, Materials, and People’s Preferences.” The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design 12 (2): 41-49. doi:10.18848/2325-1662/CGP/v12i02/41-49

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