Marilyn Read

Associate Professor, Laura B. Smith Faculty Scholar

Office: 541-737-0982

Milam Hall

Milam Hall 329

2520 SW Campus Way

2520 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Ph. D.: Oregon State University, Human Behavior in the Near Environment Minor: Early Childhood Development and Education
M. A.: California State University, Long Beach Interiors: Environmental Factors
B. S.: California State University, Northridge Interior Design
NCIDQ, #014695

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College of Business
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Research area: The design of child care and development environments

Research interests: My research area is the design of child development and care facilities. Children’s memories of place are significant. An enriched child care and development center designed with color, form, and light provides children opportunities to explore and engage with the environment, thereby creating a sense of place. The center then becomes a familiar place of meaning, belonging, and connection for children, families, and teachers.


Sponsored Research:

Oregon State University College of Health and Human Sciences Pilot Grant. The impact of environmental color on the cooperative behavior of children with sensory processing challenges. 

Auburn University Competitive Research Grant. Alabama’s child care facilities: Are they designed to promote child safety and self esteem? 

Interior Design Educators Council Special Project Award. Evaluation of physical environments of child care facilities in Alabama. 

College of Human Sciences Faculty Development Grant. Presentation of multicultural design teaching approach at the World Congress on Environmental Design.

Beyond OSU



My Publications

Journal Articles