Rene King - Columbia College Chicago

Rene King

Associate Professor of Instruction


Rene King is a designer, educator, and design advocate. She is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in Interior Architecture.  Her teaching focuses on employing the human-centered design process as a tool to engage students and local communities in the design of meaningful spaces.  Her most recent research explores the design of cities and social justice in the city Chicago.  She has worked as a designer on award-winning projects throughout the United States. 

Instructional Areas

Human Centered Design and Community Engagement, Hospitality Design, Sustainable Design, Design for Aging, Lighting for Interiors, Material Studies, Design of Cities and Social Justice

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Participatory Design, Design for Aging Populations, Architecture, Ornament, and Meaning in Chicago


B.S., Interior Design University of Minnesota 1999
M.Arch, Architecture University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2003