Department of Interior Design
Architecture Building

Maruja Torres-Antonini, Ph.D., LEED A.P.

Maruja Torres-Antonini, Ph.D., LEED A.P.

Associate Professor
Department of Interior Design
PO Box 115705, Gainesville, FL 32611-5705
office: 348 ARCH
e-mail: mta@dcp.ufl.edu
phone: 352 392-0252 ext. 340


Education
  • Ph.D, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Master of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
  • Arquitecto, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela

Member

  • Interior Design Educators Council
  • American Society of Interior Designers
  • United States Green Building Council
  • Environmental Design Research Association

Maruja Torres-Antonini, PhD, a Fulbright scholar, has taught in architecture and interior design programs in Venezuela and the United States. She engages in creative, interdisciplinary, collaborative work and projects aimed at service-learning and participatory action research. Her research efforts, conference presentations, and publications have addressed a range of issues at the human-environment interface, among others passive solar design of vernacular buildings; environmental behavior within cohousing communities; gaming simulation applications for sustainability education; and sustainable campus housing. Dr. Torres-Antonini is a LEED-Accredited Professional and co-researcher in the UF Team project to build a pre-fabricated self-sufficient solar house for the Solar Decathlon Europe 2010 international competition.

Research

  • Environmental and social sustainability
  • Housing and residential environments
  • Design and sustainability education

Teaching Focus

  • Design studio
  • Architectural and interior design history and theory
  • Environmental behavior
  • Sustainability in the built environment

Courses

  • IND 2100 History of Interior Design I
  • IND 2214 Introduction to Architectural Interiors
  • IND 2422 Interior Finishes and Materials
  • DCP 3210 Sustainable Solutions for the Built Environment
  • IND 4225/IND 5227C Advanced Architectural Interiors I
  • IND 4930 Special Topics in Interior Design (Independent Studies)