Joclyn Oats - Columbia College Chicago

Joclyn Oats



As a tenured associate faculty member in the Design Department for over twenty eight years, Joclyn has practiced architecture and interior design and served the College in an administrative capacity as coordinator and director for the BFA, Interior Architecture, MFA, Architectural Studies and the MFA, Interior Architecture Programs for over a decade. Her teaching has covered a wide range of courses for both graduate and undergraduate levels: studio courses, technical courses and architecture and design history surveys.

Her professional work in architecture and interiors has been in the residential and commercial design area. She has practiced with renowned firms of Skidmore Owings and Merrill and Perkins & Will, as well as other established commercial firms. Her academic research interest on materiality—concrete and masonry building systems lead to her employment and collaboration with foremost concrete research center, the Center for Advanced Cement- based Materials, ACBM, located at Northwestern University. Her scholarship in this area has resulted in many years of research conducted in the South of France, investigating the medieval masonry tradition of the region, thus leading to an interest in built heritage studies.

 Joclyn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University in Interior Design, and a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois @ Chicago. She studied abroad sat Bedford College, University of London and participated at Harvard University’s summer professional development program.


Instructional Areas

Design studio courses - BFA Program, lower and upper division - previous, MFA Programs studios, Arch. Studies and Int. Arch. Technical courses - Construction documents & detailing courses Life safety- Building Codes History survey courses - History of Architecture, Hist. of Interiors, Design History

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Construction Materials: concrete/masonry construction Built Heritage - Conservation/restoration built environment History of Furniture: cultural heritage & conservation


B.A., Interior Design Michigan State University 1978
M.Arch, Architecture University of Illinois-Chicago 1986