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Professor named fellow of interior design organization

Susan Ray-Degges

Susan Ray-Degges

Susan Ray-Degges, professor and interior design program coordinator, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Interior Designers. It is the society’s highest honor, with less than 1 percent of its members attaining the level. 

“I am truly honored and humbled by this recognition – it represents the ultimate acknowledgement from my peers of outstanding achievement. This award is a result of the encouragement and support of my colleagues, peers, mentors, alumni, current students and family that have helped shape me into the design professional I have become,” said Ray-Degges.

“ASID fellowship honors and recognizes those who have made a lasting, consistent impact on the design community,” explained Randy Fiser, the society’s CEO. “As our top honor, fellows embody the highest caliber of design excellence – constantly pushing boundaries, inspiring others and demonstrating effective leadership.”

Ray-Degges has been a society member since 1987, and has served on the Minnesota chapter’s board and as NDSU student chapter adviser. She also has written Council for Interior Design Accreditation technical reports and self-study reports. 

Ray-Degges joined the NDSU faculty in 1992. She is a certified interior designer in Minnesota and has more than 30 years of experience in her field. Her research focuses on aging and the environment, historical interiors and interior design assessment processes. She currently serves as national president of the Interior Design Educators Council.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University and her master’s degree in housing and interior design and doctorate in environmental sciences at the University of Missouri.

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