Nancy Davis Brian
Professor, IIDA, IDEC, NCIDQ #015635
Professor Brian earned her BFA and MFA in Art with an emphasis in interior design from the University of Georgia (FIDER Accredited). She is an accomplished designer with a strong background in the history of art and architecture, and in interior design and the visual arts. Her AutoCAD knowledge is current with today’s standards.
Professor Brian enhances her teaching by practicing professionally as an interior designer of both commercial and residential spaces. Her experience includes architectural history and historic preservation and adaptive reuse. She uses the research and knowledge gained from each project to keep students at an up-to-date level in the field of interior design. She is an expert in quick sketch and hand produced rendering.
Professor Brian teaches both studio and architectural/furniture history classes. She has a commitment to environmental issues such as air quality, solar design, and sustainable design. Professional practice and teaching specialties demonstrate her strong background in the fine arts, and historic preservation, and her extensive domestic and international travel and study. During the last 30 years, she has traveled extensively in the US and to such countries as Egypt, Turkey, England, Spain, Italy, France, and Greece. Professor Brian leads interior design study tours to Europe in alternate years, visiting and studying important archeological sites, museums, and important architecture. She speaks Italian well and reads Spanish. She has prior teaching experience in the Southeast, West, & Midwest parts of the United States.
Professor Brian practiced residential design for two years in Charleston, South Carolina in between her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She continued to practice as a freelance designer in residential and commercial applications while teaching in higher education for the last 28 years.