Student NameChristine Chan
Faculty Mentor NameJason Meneely
CollegeCollege of Design, Construction, and Planning
MajorInterior Design
MinorBusiness Administration
Research InterestsVirtual Reality, Interior Design
Academic AwardsCirino Scholarship for Outstanding Junior, 2019; Witters Competition Winning Team, 2019; President’s Honor Roll, Fall 2018; Dean’s List, Fall 2017-Spring 2018
OrganizationsThe American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and International Interior Design; Association (IIDA) Student Chapter; DCP Entrepreneurship Club; Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society; University Honors Program
Hobbies and InterestsSketching; Traveling

Research Project

Implementing Virtual Reality Headsets in Design Education: Identifying Springboards and Barriers to Success.

Virtual Reality (VR) is becoming widely used as a final design presentation tool, but little to no research exists on the role of VR to support in-process work and design development. This research seeks to connect the value of VR as not only a final presentation tool but also a tool to aid the design development process. Currently, most students approach inclusive design from a “codes only” approach; however, VR holds great potential to understand a more holistic end-user experience particularly for users with different needs (e.g. wheelchairs users, low vision, and children). Properly positioned and pedagogically researched VR holds great potential for DCP to become a leader in the meaningful application of emerging technology. The proposed research also aimed to identify springboards and barriers to success when students use VR in studio.