Faculty Profile

Gayle DeBruyn M.M.

Furniture DesignCollaborative Design

Furniture Design Chair, Professor

Gayle DeBruyn, IIDA, LEED-AP, is an Assistant Professor and Chief Sustainability Officer for Kendall College of Art and Design.  She is Chair of the Collaborative Design and Furniture/Design Studies Programs. She is past president of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, serves on the board of the Alliance for Environmental Sustainability and is involved in the local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. She serves on the leadership committee for the Community Sustainability Partnership and the UNU Regional Center of Expertise advisory committee for the City of Grand Rapids. She also serves on the advisory committee for Design West Michigan and MiBiz. DeBruyn is co-owner of Lake Affect Design Studio in Grand Rapids Michigan with services in commercial, residential, and educational/institutional interior design. The firm specializes in environmental and user-centered design strategies. She holds a B.A. in Interior Design from Michigan State University, as well as a Masters of Management, and Masters Certificate in Sustainable Business, from Aquinas College.  She has been a Best of NeoCon judge for Contract magazine in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and has completed the NCI Charrette system training.

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