Christopher Arnold

Christopher Arnold

Program Chair and Associate Professor

241 Wallace Hall

Auburn, AL 36849

Phone: 334-844-2361


M.C.P. - Auburn University
B. IND. - Auburn University

Chris's professional experience comes from healthcare and corporate architecture, and product design industries. In addition he is principle of DesignForesight, a consulting firm that he established in 2002. 

Previous teaching experience includes course design and implementation responsibilities within large corporate training programs as well as with the Master of Science in Architecture at Mississippi State University. Professor Arnold currently teaches the 'foundations' design studios and lectures at both the undergraduate and graduate program levels.

Interest areas in research and practice include:

  • the integration of 'design-thinking' in K-12 education,
  • people-centered research and design for human-service-systems,
  • environments and systems enhancing health care delivery and outcomes,
  • design for experience within the built environment, and design for social impact. 

Professional affiliations: 

  • Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) Atlanta Chapter Vice-Chair 2008-2009, 2010-2011 [re-elected]
  • AIGA, the professional association for design (AIGA) Birmingham Chapter

 Conference paper and presentation highlights:

  • “Design Thinking: Beyond Design” International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (icsid) World Design Congress, San Francisco CA 2007
  • "The Link Between Learning Theory and Design Thinking: Designers as Learning Professionals" Second International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, Miami FL 2007
  • “Micro-Mass Production: The Creative Revolution” Industrial Designers Society of America, National Education Conference, Washington DC 2005

Additional teaching related projects:

  • Design Workshop, Academic Director [Summer Outreach Program]
    Department of Industrial and Graphic Design
    Week long academic camp experience serving high-school aged students
  • Collaborative Traveling Studio, Assistant Coordinator [Study Abroad Program]
    Department of Industrial and Graphic Design
    Immersive studio program in collaboration with schools in Ireland and the UK