Laura Prestwood

Laura Prestwood

Associate Professor, Program Coordinator, Human Environmental Sciences & Interior Design


234 Martin

(919) 760-8310

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I joined Meredith in 2020 as an Associate Professor of Interior Design and Interior Design Program Coordinator. I teach courses across the Interior Design curriculum and have also taught courses in Architectural Lighting Design and Women’s Studies. My interests focus on placemaking and the symbolic meanings and connections between person and place. A place can be both cultural and physical, with ties to the past, present, and future, and the power of place is a significant design factor shaping the lives and experiences of the inhabitants of the designed environment. My research specifically addresses the significance of place in the design of Domestic Violence Shelters and more recently, in the design of classrooms. As an Interior Design Educator, I draw heavily from my extensive professional practice experience in Healthcare, Commercial, Retail, and Hospitality design. My area of design specialization and expertise is Architectural Lighting Design.

Academic Credentials

Texas A&M University, Doctorate of Philosophy, Architecture, 2010
Winthrop University, Master of Fine Art, Interior Design 1999
Meredith College, Bachelor of Science, Interior Design, 1990

Professional Credentials

National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Certified, Certificate No. 010900, 1993 – present
Registered Interior Designer (RID), No. 229, North Carolina Board of Architecture and Registered Interior Designers, 2022 – present
Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT-500, 2019 – present
Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher, RCYT, 2018-present
Certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher, 2019 – present
Certified Relax and Renew® Level 1 Yoga Teacher, Restorative Yoga, 2020 – present
Sundara Yoga Therapy Trauma Informed Yoga Trained Levels I & II, 2020 – present


McKinney, M. and Prestwood, L. (2023, March) Placemaking in the College Classroom…Beyond the First Day.  Presentation at the NC State University Conference on Faculty Excellence: Stronger Together annual conference.  Raleigh, NC.
Prestwood, L. & Grimes-Droessler, L. (2022) Preparing Students for Success in an Uncertain Future – Filling Your Toolkit, Critical Questions in Education Conference Presentation, February 23, 2022, Charleston, SC.
Prestwood, L. (2009, July). Toward an Understanding and Application of Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception to the Design of the Built Environment. Gendering East/West International Conference, University of York, York, UK.
Prestwood, L. (2009, April). Feminism, Embodiment, and the Architecture of Home: Home as an Embodied Expression of Feminism. Southeastern Women’s Studies Association (SEWSA) Annual Conference, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.


Legacy of Women Award, Category: Education, SafeHaven of Tarrant County, October 2012
Prestwood, L. (2006).  Mourning Mist.  Photography, 2D design.  2006 Design Educators’ National Exhibition. Competitive Entry, 1st Place – Category: Visual Arts-2D. Department of Design, Merchandising, and Textiles at Texas Christian University.
Prestwood, L. (2005). Weathered Reflection. Photography, 2D design. 2005 Design Educators’ National Exhibition. Competitive Entry. Category: Visual Arts-2D. Department of Design, Merchandising, and Textiles at Texas Christian University.
Prestwood, L. (2004).  Summoning Santa Fe.  Photography, 2D design.  2004 Design Educators’ National Exhibition.  Competitive Entry, 2nd Place – Category: Visual Arts-2D. Department of Design, Housing, and Merchandising and the Department of Art at Oklahoma State University


Prestwood, L. (2010). Architectural Design Factors of Domestic Violence Shelters That Affect Outcomes for Female Domestic Violence Victims: A Naturalistic Inquiry to Establish Grounded Theory for Future Research. Texas A&M University. Dissertation Registration Number TX 6-710-145.

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