Elizabeth F. Pober
University of Oklahoma
MS, Construction Administration
University of Oklahoma
Bachelor of Interior Design
Award-winning educator Elizabeth F. Pober is Director of the Interior Design Division at the University of Oklahoma Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture. Under Pober’s guidance, The University of Oklahoma Interior Design division has been ranked among the top schools in the nation by Design Intelligence for its students’ skills in computer applications. She has also partnered with the OU Libraries and OU’s Innovation Hub to introduce cutting-edge virtual reality technologies to her upper-level interior design students.
Pober has also established a mentoring program, connecting junior and senior interior design students with professionals around the country, which has led to students’ professional placement in top firms, such as Gensler, HKS, and Corgan. This program has been recognized by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence’s David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative.
She has authored and co-authored articles in peer-reviewed journals, including “Process and structure: performance impacts on collaborative interdisciplinary team experiences,” “Experiential Learning Modules for Interior Design Visualization Strategies,” and “Building Information Modeling (BIM) Strategies: Pedagogical Models for Interior Design.” She has been awarded over $215,000 of funding in support of her research, mentoring, and teaching activities.
Pober has served as director of the College of Architecture’s popular Summer Academy for the past eight years, which hosts 30 high school students from across the State of Oklahoma on the OU campus where they spend a week immersed in projects related to interior design, architecture, environmental design, and construction science.
Pober, whose professional background includes commercial, healthcare, retail and residential design projects, holds a Master of Science degree in Construction Science and a Bachelor of Interior Design degree from The University of Oklahoma. She is a National Council for Interior Design Qualification-certified interior designer and is a member of the Interior Design Educators Council, the International Interior Design Association, and The Hospitality Industry Network.
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National Council for Interior Design Qualification Certification. (October 2006-Present).
Hospitality Industry Network. (January 2009-Present).
International Interior Design Association. (January 2006-Present).
Member, Interior Design Educator’s Council. (August 2005-Present).
Pober, E, Cook, M. (2019) Thinking in Virtual Spaces: Impacts of Virtual Reality on the Undergraduate Interior Design Process. IJVAR: Vol. 3, Issue 2, International Journal of Virtual and Augmented Reality, December 2019, p 23-40.
Pober, E., Cook, C., “Virtual Reality for Design Studio Critiques: Experiences of Students and Impacts on the Design Process.” 2018 Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Annual Conference; Boston, Massachusetts; March 2018.
Swearingen, S., Roehn, A., Pober, E., Cox, A., Malinin, L. “What is the Assessment Method Used to Advance Interior Design Students into Upper Level Coursework?” 2018 Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Annual Conference; Boston, Massachusetts; March 2018.
Pober, E. F., Ellis, N. D. “Entry Level Practitioner Preparedness: Evaluation of CIDA Standards for Beginning Interior Design Professionals.” 2017 Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Southwest Regional Conference; Dallas, Texas; October 2017.
Pober, E.F., Cook, M. “The Design and Development of an Immersive Learning System for Spatial Analysis and Visual Cognition.” 2016 Design Communication Association Conference Proceedings. Bozeman, Montana; September 2016, p. 25-32.
Featured Contracts, Grants, and Sponsored Research
Pober, E. (Principle Investigator), Fithian, L, Eads, C. “Design in Action: Creativity, Innovation and Sustainability Shaping the Built Environment”. Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Summer Academy for Mathematics, Science, and Multidisciplinary Studies Grant. $22,500; Fall 2019
Pober, E. (Principal Investigator), “The American School: Building on the Plains,” Sponsored by University of Oklahoma Research Council Faculty Investment Program, The University of Oklahoma, $11,548.00. (2017-2018).
Pober, E.(Principle Investigator), Eads, C. “Collaborate, Create Construct: Innovation Shaping the Built Environment”. Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Summer Academy for Mathematics, Science, and Multidisciplinary Studies Grant. $10,050; Fall 2017