MIArch University of Oregon, 1990 BIArch Kansas State University, 1982
Certified Interior Designer: NCIDQ
The work of Associate Professor of Interior Architecture Linda Zimmer examines how people relate with the built environment and focuses on supporting human interaction in offices and schools through design. Director of the interior architecture program at the University of Oregon from 1998 to 2007, she teaches design studios and courses in finish materials and furniture design theory.
Zimmer came to the University of Oregon from Steelcase Corporation, where her research guided the development and evaluation of prototype office furniture systems designed for flexible working relationships in open offices. Her work in this area continued as an academic, culminating in the publication of "P.O.E.'s and Prototypes: Post-Occupancy Evaluations Comparing Two Prototypical Group workspaces in the Open Office" in the Journal of Interior Design Education and Research.
Interested in the influence of modernist philosophies on interior spaces, Zimmer has collaborated with Associate Professor Alison Snyder on an educational website about The Watzek House. Now privately held by the UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts, this residence established the reputation of Portland architect John Yeon with its appearance in a 1944 publication by the Museum of Modern Art. The Watzek House has been incorporated into the curriculum of the interiors program under Zimmer’s leadership. Her collaborative projects also include a teaching grant entitled "Toward Universal Design: Infusing Inclusivity in the Education of Future Environmental Design Professionals."
Zimmer wrote and organized the first annual student design competition sponsored by the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) and has contributed teaching materials and articles on design education to the publications of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and IDEC. A past recipient of IDEC's Presidential Award, she is also a member of the International Interior Design Association.
Zimmer previously worked as a designer with Calcara, Duffendack, Foss, Manlove Architecture and Scott Rice/Design Group One in Kansas City, Missouri. Her furniture design has appeared in juried design exhibits in Portland, Eugene, and Boise.