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Bill Furman

  • Assistant Professor , Art Department
  • Program Coordinator, Interior Architecture + Design
  • College of Arts and Sciences

Bill Furman, IDEC, NCIDQ, brings to Queens diverse experience spanning 20 years as a practicing designer. He spent the last 3 years as assistant professor of design at Winthrop University, spent 6 years as adjunct faculty at Arizona State University, and was interim program coordinator and senior lecturer of interior design at Raffles Design Institute, Sri Lanka in 2012. During his undergraduate and graduate studies, Bill examined the relationships between design theory, perception, and the built environment. Bill encourages his students to engage in the complexity of the built environment by understanding the poetics of form, space and materials and the role design plays in our daily lives. His approach to teaching design focuses on process and problem solving, creation and iteration -- not quick prescriptive design solutions. He believes that design is active as well as reactive and carries with it social responsibility. He is interested in how environments can foster community and interpersonal relationships and how the built environment creates part of the human experience. To accomplish these goals he previously participated in a 4-week National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on 19th century material culture, presented at the 2015 regional Interior Design Education Council conference, and presented on design thinking at Winthrop’s 2016 Teaching and Learning Conference.


  • Master of Liberal Studies  - Science, Society, and Creative Nonfiction Writing; Arizona State University
  • Bachelor of Science  - Design, Interior Design; Arizona State University
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