Milagros Zingoni Phielipp began her appointment as the new principal of the School of Interior Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on January 1.
Most recently an associate professor of interior design at Arizona State University, Zingoni brings to UT’s College of Architecture and Design 16 years of experience as an award-winning teacher and researcher, as well as an architect, collaborator community, leader and mentor.
She is the recipient of the 2019 Interior Design Educators Council Teaching Excellence Award and the American Institute of Architects Arizona Chapter Educator of the Year Award, the first time the award has been given to an interior design professor. She was also named the 2019 Most Admired Educator by DesignIntelligence and Outstanding Mentor in 2020 by the ASU Faculty Women Association.
“The college will benefit greatly from having Milagros Zingoni join our team to lead the School of Interior Architecture,” said Dean of the College of Architecture and Design Scott Poole. “Through her impressive background in teaching, scholarship, outreach and leadership, she brings an integral sense of partnership and community engagement that will broaden the college’s impact in our region while enhancing the educational experiences of our students.
Believing that design should encourage people to act responsibly for the good of society, Zingoni actively partners with community organizations to enhance student learning experiences through civic engagement. In her role as Director of the School of Interior Architecture, she will strengthen the relationship between the school and the community in a creative and meaningful way.
“Innovation comes from diverse perspectives and transdisciplinary communication and collaboration between academics, professionals and their local communities,” Zingoni said. “I am excited to embrace these core values as I serve school, college and university at this extraordinary time of growth and opportunity for the design field. “
While at ASU, Zingoni partnered with Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, city government agencies including City of Mesa, Mesa Arts Center, Scottsdale Arts , IDEA Museum, Phoenix, Mesa school districts, boys and girls clubs, retail. Leaders Association, and several interuniversity disciplines and private sponsors.
Community engagement has included public art installations, public play spaces, the first ADA planters in Arizona, a library redesign, and other projects. In addition, she has developed a summer course for high school students designed to address diversity and inclusion in the field.
For this work, she was recognized as a nominee for both the Governor’s Arts Award for Arts in Education 2019 and the 2018 IIDA Foundation Diversity Award.
Her scholarship has been featured widely in peer-reviewed journals and conferences, and has received grants from national, regional and local organizations.
An architect registered in his native Argentina, Zingoni holds a master’s degree in urban and environmental planning from ASU; a degree in architecture (a six-year degree equivalent to a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree) from the Universidad de Flores in Rio Negro, Argentina; and a bachelor’s degree in habitat design from the Escuela de Diseño en el Habitat in Neuquén, Argentina. She is a member of the American Society of Interior Design, the International Interior Design Association, the Interior Design Educators Council, and the American Institute of Architects.
Zingoni volunteered in many public projects and served until his departure on the Historic Preservation Council of the Town of Mesa, the Boards of Directors of nonprofit organizations Everlasting Marks and Mesa Montessori, and many numerous committees in Mesa, including revitalizing downtown and improving downtown facades. Zingoni also serves as an ideologue for the IDEA museum, a position she will continue to hold from a distance. She has been an educational advisor for the Interiors Student Alliance for the past six years.
Zingoni succeeds David Matthews as director of the School of Interior Architecture. Matthews led the school through significant growth for 10 years and is retiring from the role to return to teaching.
The School of Interior Architecture facilitates learning which produces qualified interior design professionals for lifelong learning. Its Council of Interior Design-accredited undergraduate program in interior architecture offers a Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture and a dual degree in Interior Architecture and Architecture. Enrollment at the school has grown by over 50% since 2015, and all of its 2018 graduates were employed in the industry within one month of graduation. In the 2019 DesignIntelligence “Most Hired From” rankings by program size, the school was ranked ninth in the country, an increase of two places from 2018.
Amanda Johnson (865-974-6401, [email protected])