Diane Kitchell

Harrington Faculty Profile Diane Kitchell

EdD, MBA, NCIDQ, LEED AP ID+C, EDAC

Dr. Diane Kitchell is a Registered Interior Designer in the State of Indiana and Illinois, NCIDQ certified and a LEED Accredited Professional in Interior Design and Construction, specializing in interior design of environmentally healthy spaces. She is an accredited professional in Evidence Based Design (EDAC) and wrote a doctoral thesis study on research-based design and empowerment of interior designers.

Her education includes a Doctorate of Education, Organizational Leadership and a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in leadership from Argosy University, and a Bachelor of Interior Design and Associate of Technology in Interior Design from Harrington College of Design.

Her interior design firm DK/Interior Concepts was founded over 25 years ago as a commercial & residential interior design firm, located in NW Indiana. With her experience in the interior design industry and expertise in business and environmental design, she takes special care to plan energy efficient spaces and specify environmentally sound furniture and finishes for projects.

Previous teaching experience includes over seventeen years of teaching interior design classes at all levels in the program.

Previous work experience as a senior designer/project manager at the architectural firm Design Organization, Inc. Valparaiso In. and Chicago Il., included programming, space planning, and construction documentation of a pharmaceutical’s corporate office design, design of banking facilities, tenant development of commercial office spaces, standards packages for design of health care and nursing home facilities, and residential historical renovation.

Diane was a volunteer coordinator for Archeworks and is the Past President of the Chicago Chapter of Institute of Business Designers (now IIDA) a Charter Member of IIDA, a professional member of the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) and a member of USGBC Chicago Chapter.

Diane says: “I have always felt a desire to give back to my profession as much as I have gained from it. My education and experience provided me with a background and my passion for teaching challenges me to research new methods and ideas.