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Caren S. Martin, Ph.D.
Researcher | Martin & Guerin


Caren S. Martin, Ph.D., CID, FASID, IDEC, IFMA, is an associate professor of interior design at the University of Minnesota and principal of Martin & Guerin Design Research, LLC. Her scholarship focuses on evidence-based design and challenges to professional practice. Martin is co-creator of InformeDesign® and principal of InformeDesign, LLC. She has 17 years of corporate, institutional, and healthcare interior design/project management experience and served on Minnesota’s professional licensing board. Martin has co-authored three body of knowledge studies for the profession, has co-edited (with Guerin) The State of the Interior Design Profession, and has authored numerous research articles. Martin has received Presidential Citations from ASID (2003, 2008) and IDEC (2008), the NCIDQ Louis Tregre Award, and the Education Leadership Award from ARIDO. She served as IDEC’s representative to the National Academy of Environmental Design (NAED; 2011-2014) and serves as Director on the Council of Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ).


What’s your favorite part of your job?

The challenge of solving problems, investigating new avenues of knowledge, exploring the diversity approaches and thinking.


What do you do that helps you feel balanced in your life?

Still working on this…time with family and friends and spending time outside in northern Minnesota.


What’s the one work/tool technology that you could not live without and why?

The Internet; as a Baby Boomer I am constantly amazed by what I can access and explore, especially when considering a ’30,000 foot view’ of an issue or topic—and InformeDesign, of course!


Who is your hero?

Zena, Warrior Princess.


What are you reading right now?

Cleopatra (starting it for the second time—hard to read this type of book in 10-minute increments).


What’s your life mantra?

If there is a will, there is a way.


What is your favorite childhood book?

Little Red Riding Hood (but when my kids were little, Even Mammas Make Mistakes—guess why?).


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