Nadia Volchansky

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Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture
Room 218A, Academic Building, Post Hall
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Nadia Volchansky is an Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. She joined GW with professional experience in various architecture firms and a graduate degree in Interior Architecture from UNCG. In over ten years of academic experience, she has focused her efforts on leading students in local and global development through design activism. Professor Volchansky's international initiatives included work in Haiti, South Africa, and currently, Puerto Rico. She also works with local organizations in the Washington, D.C. area, including the D.C. Central Kitchen, Bethesda Cares, The Closet, New Hope Housing, Inc., and others, helping clients with infrastructure, facility, and other challenges. Nadia introduces students to design activism in her classes, as well as via the annual GW Interior Architecture Design Charrette, an inter-disciplinary design competition, in partnership with local community entities.

Professor Volchansky's interests are centered on design thinking and activism, specifically, on applying creative problem-solving to conventional design challenges, as well as non-design needs. She is currently working on an MBA, intending to blend strategic and design thinking as a unified problem solving tool in organizational and business environments.


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)