Dr. Jamie Slenker Assistant Professor and Chair of Art & Design

“Design Thinking and Innovation in Library Design”
Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm Library, Upper Level


In a technology revolution, maintaining relevance of the library’s physical environment is paramount. This presentation will explore design development of leading edge library facilities where attention is given to new technology and innovative design thinking. As a social scientist, emphasis is placed on user observation methods and Third Place theory that reveals unique and user-centered design results.

Biographical Information

Jamie is an Assistant Professor of Interior Design and Chair of the Department of Art and Design at the University of New Haven. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech and a Master of Fine Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Jamie is a LEED Accredited Professional and NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer. Prior to her role at the University of New Haven, she practiced professionally in the Virginia Beach, Virginia and Boulder, Colorado communities.


Jamie is committed to design as a means for social change. Her fundamental values are rooted in experiential learning, multi-disciplinary collaboration, research-based innovation and environmental conservancy. For the past 7 years, Jamie has researched and taught a senior level interior design studio course focused on library facilities. She has partnered with the Paintino Library in West Haven, the Ives Library in New Haven and the Marvin K. Peterson Library at the University of New Haven to bring an experiential learning component to her classroom. Jamie's research has also been accepted for presentation annually the Connecticut Library Association and Interior Design Educators Council conferences.


Jamie Slenker