Hassnaa MohammedPhD Student, Design Studies


Hassnaa Mohammed is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin- Madison in the School of Human Ecology studying Interior Architecture. Her current research is on human-place relationships in socio-religious spaces and community buildings. She is driven by her passion for community work and creating safe spaces that promote emotional and spiritual wellbeing from individuals from all backgrounds. Hassnaa has presented her research at the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) several times, has a published manuscript in the Health Environments Research & Design journal, and is preparing several other manuscripts for publication. She has served as a teaching assistant for a wide variety of courses including introductory design courses, advanced design studios, and lectures. Prior to starting her doctoral program, Hassnaa worked for several interior design firms in the United States and Portugal. Hassnaa received Dual Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and Communications Media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as well as her Masters of Art in Public Affairs with a focus on international development and Muslim women.


University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
Ph.D. Design Studies, 2022 (expected)

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA.
Master of Arts: Public Affairs (Honors), 2015

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
BSc. in Interior Design (Honors)
BSc. In Communications Media, 2014

Sichuan, China (study abroad): Linguistic and cultural anthropology immersive program, 2015

Professional Design Experience

Ethan Allen Inc., Tysons Corner, VA.: Design Coordinator, 2016-2017

MENINA Group Design, Porto, Portugal: Design Intern, 2014

Academic Work Experience

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Teaching Assistant at the Design Studies Dept., Aug 2017- Current

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Instructional Design Graduate Student Worker, Continuing Studies Department, academic year of 2018-2019

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Project Assistant, School of Human Ecology and Social Work, July 2021

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Ruth Davis Design Gallery Assistant, Design Studies Department, Aug 2017-May 2018

Indiana University of Pennsylvania: Graduate Assistant, Office of International Education, Aug 2014-Dec 2015


Design Justice Network (Member)

EDRA| Environmental Design Research Association (graduate student member)

IDEC #53828


UW-Madison- Center for Religion and Global Citizenry: Graduate Interfaith Fellow, 2019-2020

Graber Trust Fund (Design Studies), Dec 2021

Mead and Hunt Fellowship (25k), 2020 (finalist, not funded)

Peterson Trust Fund, June 2020

Dissertation/MS Thesis/MFA Project Award (Viola Baker Endowment), Summer 2020

SRGC Research Travel Award, May 2020

Summertime Academic Research (STAR) Award, May 2020

Graduate School Fellowship- University of Wisconsin-Madison, Jan 2020

Interfaith Fellow- University of Wisconsin- Madison, Aug 2019-May 2020

Davis Putter Scholarship Social Justice Fund (20k), 2019 (finalist, not received)

Graber Trust Fund (Design Studies), Dec 2019

Graber Fund (Graduate School), Feb 2019

Nana Kirk Scholarship- EDRA50, March 2019

SoHE Travel Award, Spring 2019

Graduate School Fellow at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, Spring 2018

Robert E. Cook Honors College- Indiana University of Pennsylvania 2011-2014

Research Grant- Indiana University of Pennsylvania 2013

Golden Key Honors Society- Indiana University of Pennsylvania 2013

Welgates College of Honor- Indiana University of Pennsylvania 2013

International Photography Contest Winner- Indiana University of Pennsylvania 2013

Alpha Pi Theta- Indiana University of Pennsylvania 2012

Dean’s List- Indiana University of Pennsylvania 2011-2014

Refereed Publications

Shin, J., Dennis, S. & Mohammed, H. (2020). Health and wellbeing outcome measures in environmental design research: A critical review. Health Environments Research & Design Journal. (Impact Factor. 3.851).

Conference Publications

Mohammed, H. (May 19th, 2021). Intersectional Place Attachment: Islamic Third Spaces in the United States, EDRA52, Detriot, MI

Mohammed, H. Thorleifsdottir, K. (May, 2019). Building Affordances, Place Attachment, and Religious Experience: A Case Study of a Wisconsin Buddhist Temple, EDRA50, Brooklyn, NY

Shin, J. Mohammed, H. Dennis, S. (May, 2019). Health and Wellbeing Outcome Measures in Environmental Design Research: A critical Review, EDRA50, Brooklyn, NY

Teaching Experience

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Teaching Assistant at the Design Studies Dept., Aug 2017- Current

Courses Taught (by ascending course level)

DS 120 Design Fundamentals I (Intro to design)- Spring 2018/ Fall 2018/ Spring 2019

DS 140 Visual Communications & Thinking (Hand and AutoCAD drafting) Spring 2021

DS 223 Interior Architectural Design (Interior Construction) Fall 2021

DS 622 Interior Design III (Workplace) Fall 2020

DS 623 Interior Design IV (Hospitality) Spring 2020

DS 626 Interior Design V (Capstone: Institutional & Commercial) Fall 2017


Certificate of Photography (2014), Indiana University of Pennsylvania


NCIDQ (satisfied IDFX for October 2021; IDPX + PRACTICUM expected in Spring 2022)

Degree Program

  • Design Studies: PhD


Phone: (412) 956 - 0460