Bill Furman, M.L.S.

Bill Furman

Assistant Professor, Art, Design & Music Department

Interior Architecture and Design Program Coordinator


Bill Furman, IDEC, IIDA, brings to Queens diverse experience spanning 20 years as a practicing designer. He spent the last three years as assistant professor of design at Winthrop University, spent six 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, Furman examined the relationships between design theory, perception and the built environment. He encourages his students to engage in the complexity of the built environment by seeking to fuse the poetics of form, space and materials and the role design plays in our daily lives.

His approach to teaching focuses on process and problem solving and multiplicity and iteration over quick prescriptive solutions. He believes that design is active as well as reactive and carries with it social responsibility. Furman 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, Furman previously participated in a four-week National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on 19th century material culture, presented at the 2015 regional Interior Design Education Council conference, and was recently awarded a 2017 Leibrock Universal Design Scholarship by the Interior Design Education Council Foundation.


M.L.S., Science, Society and Creative Nonfiction Writing, Arizona State University
B.S.D., Interior Design, Arizona State University



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