Karen Clarke

Associate Professor, Interior Architecture & Design

Phone: 617-994-4293
Email: kclarke@suffolk.edu
Office: Sawyer Building, 10th floor - room 1045

On Sabbatical Fall 2018


MFA, Boston University
BAA in Interior Design, Ryerson Polytechnical University, Toronto, Canada

Courses Taught at the School of Art & Design

Interior Design Studio I, Interior Marketing & Contracts, Interior Materials & Finishes, Sustainable Design Studio

Teaching Philosophy

I have a real passion for sustainable design, and I want to share that interest, knowledge and strategies for sustainability and green design with my students. As a LEED certified designer, I guide students thorough the LEED certification process. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a green building rating system developed by the US Green Building Council. I’m seeing a real rise in interest in sustainable issues. If you study interior design, environmental issues are very important, and it’s our responsibility as designers to make sure we select and specify materials that are environmentally friendly. Some of the topics that I address in the Sustainable Design course are product life cycle, chemical composition, indoor air quality, water efficiency and energy use. Sustainable design is at the forefront of my professional practice as well.

Recent Professional Highlights

  • 2013: ASIDNE, Excellence in Design Award Honoree 
  • 2013: Panelist, Micro-Housing: Rethinking Urban Living - Building Boston 2030, Sponsored by the Center for Real Estate, a collaboration with Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School & NESAD’s MA Interior Architecture Sustainable Design class
  • 2011: Design Intelligence 25 Most Admired Educators of 2012
  • 2011: Design New England, Midcentury Modern Progression, Lincoln (Sept/Oct. 2011)
  • 2010: Co-Winner American Society of Interior Design (ASID) Educator Excellence Award

Professional Affiliations

Professional Member, International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
Professional Member, American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
Certified #9222, National Certification of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ)
Corporate Member, Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC)
Certified, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED AP)