Nadia A. Volchansky

Nadia Volchansky
Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture, Undergraduate Faculty Advisor,
Interior Architecture Program
Flagg Building, Rm. 130C, 500 17th St. NW, Washington DC 20006
[email protected]


Nadia Volchansky is a creative leader with experience in pedagogy, design thinking and activism. She is a published researcher, an established designer, and a strategic problem solver. She is recognized for her resiliency, a high level of commitment and a drive for innovation.

After practicing design within various architecture firms, she received a master’s degree in Interior Architecture and transitioned into academia.  While teaching, she has organized and led global and local development initiatives, chaired the GW IA Advisory Board, participated in strategic planning, marketing, assessment and curricular revisions within the department.  She is now completing an MBA at The George Washington University, in an effort to cross-pollinate strategic and creative disciplines.

Nadia is a passionate visionary who challenges the status quo. She is an effective communicator and takes pride in building strategic partnerships. 


Current Research

  • Sustaining Culture Through Community Engagement article
  • Failure as a Design Tool article



  • Seeds of Hope – Competition Award Recipient, 2009
  • Published article was selected as a finalist - within Top 10 articles accepted for publication, 2010



  • Sound, Time, and Cognitive Processing: Implications for Medical Contexts, poster presentation, 2015
  • 27th Annual Convention for the Association for Psychological Science (APS), NY
  • Establishing the Parameters of Scholarship and the Importance of Promotion and Tenure for Interior Design Educators, 2011
  • Lecture & Publication at 5th International Conference on the Design Principles and Practices, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • Transcending Global, Cultural and Disciplinary Boundaries: The Evolving Role of Interior Design, 2010
  • Presentation at 4th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, University of Illinois – Chicago
  • International Journal on the Design Principles and Practices – 4th Volume
  • Project publication, Contract Magazine
  • "Patient Rooms with Family Stay", 2006
  • "Healthcare Building Ideas"



BA in Human Ecology, Mercyhurst University
MS in Interior Architecture, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Certificate in Innovation, Design Thinking & Entrepreneurship, Grenoble Ecole de Management
MBA, The George Washington University


Professional Organizations

  • IDEC (International Design Education Council)