Rachael ShieldsGraduate Student

My research investigates kinetic design and how individuals can customize the exterior built environment. I study the many benefits kinetic design could offer, including efficiency of space, improvements on cognitive performance, environmental solutions, and alternative forms of participatory design. I am a licensed landscape architect and spent several years working in the land development industry before starting this doctoral program.

I currently manage the School of Human Ecology Digital Fabrication Lab and am working with a team to build an app that uses augmented reality features to help people assess and measure homes for accessibility purposes.


  • Drone pilot
  • Registered landscape architect
  • LEED Green Associate
Professional portrait of Rachael Shields in front of a decorative window with bright colored glass circles and curved lines.


  • Design Studies

Degree Program

  • PhD Human Ecology: Design Studies


  • MA, Landscape Architecture, University of Georgia
  • BS, Architecture, University of Cincinnati


Phone: 616-610-3562