Lindsay Tan, MFA, NCIDQ, EDAC, LEED GCP, IDEC is a design ecologist with special expertise in symbolic aspects of human-computer and human-environment interaction – an approach that helps to illuminate the “why” behind today’s most pressing global health and quality of life challenges. Her key research interest is in the development of design interventions to improve global health – in particular, food security and embedded urban resilience.
Over the last ten years, Tan has built a solid foundation of publications, exhibitions, and awards that have articulated a scholarly agenda of demonstrated merit and secured over $1.52 million in grants, contracts, and in-kind funding. The impact of her work has been reported in CBC News, CBC/Radio-Canada, Reuters, Chronicle, Faculty Focus, Commercial Interior Design, Elle Décor Italia, Architectural Digest, Cruise Arabia & Africa, Designers Today, Spaces Quarterly, and by the Board of Human Sciences. She delivers lectures, seminars, and workshops to higher ed institutions, K-12 schools, businesses, and community organizations worldwide.
Tan is tenured at Auburn University, an R1 land-, sea-, and space-grant institution with Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification, where her current leadership roles include: Program Coordinator, B.S. Interior Design program (nationally-ranked, CIDA-accredited); Graduate Faculty, Consumer & Design Sciences M.S. thesis/non-thesis and Ph.D. programs (nationally-ranked); Global Faculty, Master of Development Practice program; and Director of the Design Ecology Lab & CHS Pathogen Lab.
Her professional experience includes designs for healthcare, civic, educational, hospitality, residential and corporate interiors, digital and print media, interface and interaction, exhibit, visual merchandising, and production for stage and film. Tan and her work have been featured in tv, radio, print, and online media. She is founder of DESIGN-ATLAS, an online career-building and upskilling tool for interior designers.
She wears a lot of hats. She is also a wife and mom, prescribed burn manager, and lover of long-leaf pine, native bunchgrasses, and charismatic animals of the Southeast. Her vices include using too many commas, checking her mobile, and walking entirely out of her way to step on crunchy-looking leaves. (Sometimes simultaneously.)