Rebekah L. Matheny

DESIGNER of retail and brand experiences... PROFESSOR of Interior Design...  

RESEARCHER of the sensorial effects of materials on customer behaviors... EXPLORER & seeker of new experiences around the world...



Rebekah Matheny is an Assistant Professor of Interior Design in the Department of Design at The Ohio State University. She holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of Oregon where she also received a Technical Teaching Certificate in the area of Sustainable Design Strategies for Interior Architecture with a concentration in Interior Finish Materials and Lighting Design.  Additionally, she has undergraduate degrees in Interior design and Architecture from the University of Cincinnati. 

Educated as an interior and architectural designer, Rebekah has been bridging the design profession and academic environment. This balance allows her to bring a holistic approach to design that is rooted in accomplishing the goals of the client while maintaining the theoretical and idealist ambitions that design academia fosters. Prior to her appointment, Rebekah practiced in a multi-disciplinary retail and brand strategy firm here in Columbus Ohio. While at WD Partners, she created inspired retail brand environments for nationally and internationally recognized brands. Previously she has taught at the University of Oregon and University of Colorado to name a few. 

As an educator she brings the experience of teaching a range of courses both technical and conceptual, seminar and studio. Her unique balance of functional and emotional allows her to bring a forward thinking strategic approach to her teaching and research. Rebekah’s research interests include the pedagogical approach to interior materials for the millennial student, sustainable material applications, and innovations in interior materials. She is investigating the sensory perception of interior materials and how their application in various design typologies can create emotional connections to place. 



Reclaimed Wood in Retail Environments: Creating an Emotional Connection for Product Longevity

Neon Nights

Retail on Foot



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