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Yelena McLane

Published August 11, 2014

Assistant Professor
Department of Interior Architecture and Design

Office: FAA 138 / WJB 105

I studied Russian literature and linguistics in Moscow, Russia before moving to the United Stated in 2000. My professional activities and research projects explore the complex relationships between language, the designed environment, and people through time and in different geographies.

I am an interior design and architecture scholar and museum and exhibition designer with over twelve years of practice. My main research interests lie in two substantive areas: interior spatial analysis and design history. My spatial analysis research uses 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 the potential and real consequences of these relationships, to better inform interior architecture and design practice. My historical research ranges from the spatial analysis of historic structures, allowing for deeper understandings of layouts and their functions and social meanings, to mid-twentieth-century modernism in the Soviet Union, a lesser-known chapter in the history of design, which formed under quite different functional and aesthetic circumstances than design in the western world.

Professional Certifications and Associations

  • National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ®) Certificate No. 023481
  • LEED® AP Interior Design and Construction
  • Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Member
  • College Art Association (CAA) Member


2013 Ph.D. Department of Art Education, College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance, Florida State University
Dissertation: “Spatial Contexts, Permeability, and Visibility in Relation to Learning Experiences in Contemporary Academic Architecture”
2002 M.S. Interior Design, Department of Interior Architecture and Design, Florida State University
Focused Research: “Glass Applications in Architectural Interiors”
1998 – 2000 Post-Graduate Research Appointment, Russian Academy of Sciences, The Vinogradov Russian Language Institute, Moscow, Russia
1998 B.A. / Specialist Degree in the Russian Language and Literature, Department of Philology, Moscow Lomonosov State University, Moscow, Russia

Teaching Areas

History of Interior Design and Architecture (undergraduate)
Social and Psychological Aspects of Design (undergraduate)
Research Methods (graduate)
Design Theory and Criticism (graduate)
Contemporary Design Issues (graduate)
Design Graphics (undergraduate)
Materials (undergraduate)
Studio I and II (undergraduate)

Research Areas

Space Syntax and its application to design of interior spaces
Design theory and history; philosophy of art and design
Academic and educational building design
Permanent housing design for underserved populations
Museum, exhibition, and educational installation design
History of Soviet architecture and design

Select Scholarly/Creative Works & Awards

  • McLane, Y. (forthcoming, 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. (forthcoming, 2019). Spatiality, Experiences, and the Formation of Place Attachment at Campus Student Life Centers. College Student Journal.
  • 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. & Dawkins, J. (2014) Buildings of requirement: Liberating academic interior architecture, Journal of Learning Spaces, 3(1).
  • 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. (2010). New, But Not Improved: Defective Domesticity in Jacques Tati’s Mon Oncle and Playtime. Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture, 1(1-2), 61-74.

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

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

Interpretive Program. Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve, Eleuthera, Bahamas

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

Indoor and Outdoor Interpretive Exhibits. Fort Fincastle, Nassau, Bahamas

National Environmental Center. Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands