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Yelena McLane

Published August 11, 2014

Assistant Professor
Department of Interior Architecture and Design
Cirriculum Vitae

Office: FAA 138 / WJB 105


Yelena McLane studied Russian literature and linguistics in Moscow, Russia before moving to the United States. She is NCIDQ certified and has worked for over twelve years as a museum exhibition designer.

Dr. McLane’s main research interests lie in two substantive areas: interior spatial analysis and design history. She applies a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods to explore relationships between interior configurations and users’ perceptions and experiences within spaces, institutional, social, and cultural influences upon these relationships, and their potential and real consequences, to better inform interior architecture practice. Her historical research includes the spatial analysis of historic structures, which allows for deeper understandings of layouts, functions, and social meanings, and mid-twentieth-century modernism in the Soviet Union, a lesser-known chapter in the history of design that formed under quite different economic and aesthetic circumstances than design in the western world.


B.A. / Specialist Degree in the Russian Language and Literature, Department of Philology, Moscow Lomonosov State University, Moscow, Russia 1998

Post-Graduate Research Appointment, Russian Academy of Sciences, The Vinogradov Russian Language Institute, Moscow, Russia 1998-2000

M.S. Interior Design, Department of Interior Architecture and Design, Florida State University, Tallahassee FL 2002

Ph.D. Department of Art Education, College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance, Florida State University, Tallahassee FL 2013

Teaching Areas

History of Interior Design and Architecture

Research Methods graduate seminar

StudioExhibition Design

Design Theory and CriticismSocial and Psychological Aspects of Design

Graphic Communication in Design

Research Areas

Space Syntax and its application to design of interior spaces

Interior and architectural design for homelessness

Design history and theory

History of Soviet architecture and design

Academic and educational building designMuseum, exhibition, and educational installation design

Professional Certifications and Associations

  • National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ®) Certificate No. 023481
  • Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Member
  • College Art Association (CAA) Member
  • Mixed Methods International Research Association

Select Scholarly/Creative Works & Awards

  • McLane, Y. & Pable, J. (2020). Architectural Design Characteristics, Uses, and Perceptions of Community Spaces in Permanent Supportive Housing. Journal of Interior Design, 45(1), pp, 33-52.
  • McLane, Y. (2019). Kul’ttovary: Bringing Culture into the Soviet Home. In
    Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler, Victoria Pass, & Christopher Wilson (Eds.), Beyond the Canon.
    London, UK and New York, NY: Bloomsbury.
  • McLane, Y. & Kozinets, N. (2019). Spatiality, Experiences, and the Formation of Place Attachment at Campus Student Life Centers. College Student Journal.
  • McLane, Y., & Lynn, M. (Organizer and Co-host). (2018, November). Smells, Diversity, Tolerance: An interview with Sissel Tolaas [Podcast Interview]. College Art Association. Retrieved from
  • McLane, Y. (2017). Calatrava’s Castle: Morphogenesis as Beautiful Problem. In Teresa Heitor,Miguel Serra, João Pinelo Silva, Maria Bacharel, Luisa Cannas da Silva (Eds.),
    11th International Space Syntax Symposium (pp. 15.1-15.6). Lisbon, Portugal: Instituto Superior Técnico, Departamento de Engenharia Civil and Arquitetura e Georrecursos. Available at: 
  • McLane, Y. (2015). Choreographing Collaborative Academic Experiences: the ‘Quiet Building’ and the ‘Airport Lounge.’ Proceedings of the 10th International Space Syntax Symposium, London, UK.
  • McLane, Y. & Waxman, L. (2014). Designing for good. In G. Cairns (Ed.), Design for a Complex World (pp. 77-98). London, UK: Libri Publishing.
  • McLane, Y. & Dawkins, J. (2014) Buildings of requirement: Liberating academic interior architecture, Journal of Learning Spaces, 3(1).
  • McLane, Y. (2010). New, But Not Improved: Defective Domesticity in Jacques Tati’s Mon Oncle and Playtime. Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture, 1(1-2), 61-74.


  • McLane, Y. (accepted). Stacks as Shelters: Library Lessons on Designing for Homelessness. Proceedings of the Annual Conference, Architecture, Media, Politics, Society, Tallahassee, Florida.
  • Pable, J., McLane, Y. and Trujillo, L. (under contract). Design and Homelessness. Routledge Publishers.

Curated Exhibitions

McLane,Y. (2017, September–November). Kul’ttovary: Bringing Culture into the Soviet Home. William Johnston Building Gallery, Tallahassee, Florida: College of Fine Arts, Florida State University. Exhibition review by Colleen O’Reilly published on

Academic Fellowships


National Endowment for the Humanities and Drexel University Summer Teaching Institute: “The Canon and Beyond: Teaching the History of Modern Design.” Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Selected Museum/Exhibition Design Projects


Bauhaus 100. Exhibition of student furniture design classwork (prof. M. Ransdell). William Johnston Gallery, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Identity in the Ottoman Empire. An exhibition at the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts curated by Prof. Lynn Jones, Art History, in collaboration with student researchers from Art History, History, and Religion. Tallahassee, FL

Visitor Center / Explorium. University of Texas Marine Research Institute and Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve, Port Aransas, TX

History of Captiva Island Interpretive Exhibits. Captiva Island Historical Society, Captiva Island, FL
Interpretive Exhibit/Signage Program, Conservancy of Southeast Florida, Naples, FL

Visitor Center. Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Lacombe, LA

Nature Center. Texas Chenier Planes National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Anahuac, TX

Cayman Islands National Museum. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands