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University of Idaho
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Moscow, Idaho 83844-2451

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Miranda Anderson

Miranda S. Anderson


Office: AAID 204
Phone: (208) 885-7492
Email: mirandaa@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Architecture and Interior Design program
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2451
Moscow, ID 83844-2451

College of Art & Architecture
Architecture and Interior Design program
Assistant Professor, Design Resource Center Coordinator

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 2006


  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Sustainable materials evaluation (including embodied energy, regional materials economies and indoor air quality)
    • Adaptive reuse and historic preservation
    • Design materials research, development and innovation
    • Furniture design
    • Design for youth
  • Biography
    Miranda Anderson is an Assistant Professor and coordinator of the Design Resource Center (DRC) in the Architecture and Interior Design program. Prior to joining the University of Idaho faculty, Miranda practiced for seven years as a project manager and LEED Accredited Professional on various architecture and interior design projects. She integrates her sustainable materials research and experience with adaptive use and historic preservation projects into her teaching of outreach design studios, emphasizing the preservation of historic and cultural resources as a key facet of green building and sustainable community design.

    Miranda is a founding member of the Anderson Group, LLC, earning historic preservation and smart growth awards for the preservation of threatened historic grain elevators as part of a proposed adaptive use project. She also serves on the board of directors of the Heart of the Arts, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster connections between the community and various art forms through artistic and cultural programs. Miranda is currently the Chair of the Mayor-appointed 1912 Center Facility Development Committee tasked with generating a framework for renovating the historic former high school building into a community and cultural center.
  • Selected Publications
    • “Sustainable Materials Specification: A Question of Origins” in Computing, Cognition and Education – Recent Research in the Architectural Sciences, N. Gu, M. Ostwald, and A. Williams (Eds), Newcastle and Sydney Australia, Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA). 2009, pp. 189-203
    • “Energy Materialized: Speculation and the Unseen in Design Specification,” Australian and New Zealand Architectural Sciences Association (ANZAScA) 42nd Annual Conference Proceedings, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia. 2008, pp. 171-177.
    • “From Storing Grain to Fostering Growth: Historic Silos Take on New Mission in Idaho,” Building on Brownfields, EPA Region 10 Newsletter, vol. 1a, May 2008.
    • “Energy...Materialized,” article in METROPOLIS Magazine, vol. April 2007, pp. 134-144. New York City, NY. Mason Curry.

  • Research Projects
    • “Re-Design: Developing a Material Recovery System for Campus Design Programs," Atlanta, Georgia. Peer-reviewed abstract selected for presentation at national Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Annual Conference,March 2010.
    • “AgCulture: A Preliminary Study in Scale and Volume,” John Anderson and Miranda Anderson. Prichard Art Gallery, College of Art & Architecture Faculty Show, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, December 2009 - January 2010.
    • “Think Globally, Design Locally: Using Ecotourism Principles to Foster a Global Perspective in the Beginning Design Student,” Park City, Utah.
      Peer-reviewed abstract selected for presentation at the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Pacific West Regional Chapter, October 2009.
    • “Towards Regenerative Communities and Bioregions: Identifying, Initiating and Transferring Interdisciplinary Research for Transforming Development Practices in the Intermountain West,” Funds for Interdisciplinary Teams (FIT) unfunded grant proposal.
      Co-PIs: Gary Austin, Michael Kyte, Wendy McClure and Steve McGeehan; Research Team Members: Miranda Anderson, Eric Coats, Bruce Haglund, Tammi Laninga, and Michael Lowry. March 2009

  • Outreach Projects
    • “Sustaining Rural Community”  Bovill, ID, Fall 2009
      As part of a six-week long service-learning project, junior-level interior design student teams worked with community members, building owners, and county organizations to develop design recommendations for six different historic buildings within downtown Bovill. Students researched the history of Bovill, Idaho and visited its once thriving downtown, now consisting of many abandoned historic structures that have fallen into disrepair. The project challenged students to not only propose appropriate uses and design concepts but to consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of such decisions in an effort to sustain rural community.
    • Sustaining Culture: An Interdisciplinary Design Project for Boise’s Basque Block”  Boise, ID
      Boise is home to one of the largest Basque populations outside of the Basque Country, and the Basque Block is the historically and culturally significant heart of this community in downtown. This culture of sustained traditions also has innovative visions of future growth and outreach that require a rethinking of existing facilities in this cultural center. As part of an eight-week long service-learning project, a junior-level interior design studio performed extensive research on the Basque culture and then traveled to Boise for site and space analyses and to interview key client representatives. Students then developed design recommendations for the program, space planning and interior design for new and improved Basque Block facilities that celebrate and strengthen this valued culture. This project gave students hands-on experience with the treatment of historic buildings and considerations of environmental and cultural sustainability in design.
      Project Participants: Basque Museum and Cultural Center, Basque Center, Idaho Urban Research and Design Center (IURDC) architecture graduate students and faculty, undergraduate interior design students and faculty, undergraduate virtual technology and design students and faculty, Integrated Design Lab (IDL) http://www.uidaho.edu/caa/news/features/sustainingbasquecultureinboise.
  • Awards and Honors
    • University of Idaho Alumni Award for Excellence, 2010.
    • University of Idaho Alumni Award for Excellence, 2009.
    • Grow Smart Award – Mixed-use Category, Idaho Smart Growth, State of Idaho. Award presented to the Anderson Group, LLC for the Jackson Street Grain Elevators preservation and development concept in recognition of the successful use of smart growth principles, November 2008.
    • Grant, College of Art & Architecture Dean’s Travel Grant, $1,000, October 2008.
    • Mayor’s Earth Day Award – Green Vision Category, City of Moscow, ID, Mayor Nancy Chaney. Award presented to John and Miranda Anderson for the Jackson Street Grain Elevators Development concept, April 2008.
    • Service Learning Faculty Fellow, University of Idaho, 2008.

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