Chair of Design Arts; Professor, Interior Design
Kathryn Dethier is chair of Design Arts at Moore College of Art & Design where she has taught since 2009. She is an accomplished scholar, administrator and full professor in the fields of architecture and interior design. She joined Moore after having taught and served in administrative roles for more than a decade at Drexel University and Philadelphia University. Dethier’s interests include sustainable design, an enduring and evolving topic critical to the practice of architecture, and the intersection of design and humanitarian action for crisis responses to disasters, migration and immigration.
As an active volunteer with Philadelphia’s Community Design Collaborative, Dethier curated Storefront Stories, a retrospective exhibit of the Storefront Challenge biannual competitions, exhibited at the Center for Architecture. She managed the architectural team that produced the conceptual design for Creating a Sense of Place on the North 22nd Street Corridor, and has worked to restore and revitalize urban corridors through the design of several storefront projects. She holds an MS in architecture and urban design from Columbia University, a BFA in architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BS from Cornell University.