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Dr. Reem Bagais

Assistant Professor of Interior Design
Family and Consumer Sciences
Turner Hall - TUR 124E
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Reem Bagais is an Assistant Professor in the Interior Design program in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Illinois State University. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Interior Environmental Design from Texas Tech University. She also holds a Master of Science in Environmental Design from Texas Tech and a Master of Art in Interior Design from George Washington University. Previously, she worked as a graduate part-time instructor in the Department of Design at Texas Tech University. She also worked as a lecturer at Prince Sultan University, Department of Design, Saudi Arabia.

Current Courses

347.001Human Factors In Interior Environments

447.001Human Factors in Interior Environments

375.001Interior Design III: Studio

375.002Interior Design III: Studio

475.001Interior Design III: Studio

475.002Interior Design III: Studio

246.002Sketching for Interior Design

Teaching Interests & Areas

Dr. Baga'is believes in fostering holistic learning through practical application and reflection, emphasizing the development of interior design concepts in a diversified approach. Dr. Bagais's goal is to transform students into professionals by integrating innovative designs, utilizing technology for student ownership and independence, and promoting a collaborative and individual learning environment.

Research Interests & Areas

Dr. Bagais's research interest focuses on the relationship between the built environment and children's development. Her current research explores the effect of home environments on shaping a child's self-regulation development.

PhD Interior and Environmental Design

Texas Tech University

MS Environmental Design

Texas Tech University

MA Interior Design

George Washington University

BA Art

King Abdelaziz University
SAudi Arabia

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Bagais, R. Associations between the home physical environment and child self-regulation: A conceptual exploration. Journal of Environmental Psychology 90 (2023)


Can Physical Design Help Improve Self-Regulation in Children and build resilience: A Theoretical Exploration. The International Academic Forum 2022 (IAFOR). (2022)
The role of Physical Design in Improving Self-Regulation in Children: A Theoretical Exploration. Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC). (2022)
The Relationship between Outdoor Play Settings and the Level of Children’s Social Development from an Ecological Approach. The Environmental Design Research Association. (2021)
Sustainable Primary Care Center. The 18th Annual Graduate Student Research Poster Competition. Texas Tech University. (2019)