Assistant Professor of Interior Design
Parsons Faculty Hotseat
Cotter Christian is currently serving as the Associate Dean for the School of Constructed Environments and is an Assistant Professor of Interior Design at Parsons School of Design. He was previously the Director of the BFA Interior Design program at Parsons. Cotter holds an MFA in Studio Art from Georgia State University, an MA in Interior Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and a Bachelor’s in Theatre from Marymount Manhattan College in NYC. Before entering academia, he worked at the Atlanta office of Perkins+Will as an interior project designer on corporate, academic, and institutional projects. As a member of the Interior Design Educators Council, he has served on the East regional conference planning committee, the 2022 annual conference planning committee, and the Board Nominating Committee. His current research is situated within the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, exploring relationships among contemplative practices, mindfulness, and design education. In particular, examining how contemplative pedagogy can encourage the creativity and interdisciplinary collaboration necessary to address critical social and environmental justice issues.
MFA, Studio Art (Interior Design Concentration), Georgia State University
MA, Interior Design, Savannah College of Art and Design
BA, Theatre, Marymount Manhattan College
Interior Design Educators Council, East Region Chair