Areas of Expertise
Historic preservation, design, interiors, architecture, cultural landscapes, design thinking.
Bryan Orthel is a designer, historian and preservationist, and an associate professor of interior design in the IU Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design. His scholarship focuses on how people understand and use history as part of their heritage and the built environment.
His recent work explores how history, heritage and public health issues are inter-related. He is a registered interior designer in Indiana and a licensed architect in Idaho.
Orthel's scholarship has focused on a variety of scales, from the wallpaper in a single room to neighborhoods to rural areas covering square miles. He works with small communities to consider how their pasts are linked to their future goals (e.g., how a National Historic Landmark community can adapt to new tourist pressures; how a revered community building can be repurposed). He also examines how designers think through problems.View full bio
Updated on: February 17, 2020