Jody Nyboer

School of Design

Assistant Professor, Environmental and Interior Design; M.F.A. in Design

Jody Nyboer

135 The Nancy Cantor Warehouse
350 West Fayette Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

Jody Nyboer is an assistant professor of environmental and interior design and the M.F.A. design program in the School of Design. She teaches design studios and a variety of design courses, including Environmental Factors, Creative Problem Solving, and other courses open to both design and non-design majors.

Nyboer’s research and experience stem from a diverse integration of disciplines, including architecture, educational facility planning, education, science, and music. Her research areas include investigating the relationship of environment and creative agency in schools and the workplace, the impact of course methods on creative ability of learners, generative learning, online problem-based learning, and online catalysts that enhance traditional design education. Her didactic-focused design research is well-received among the design community and educational technology venues.

Nyboer has served as a lecturer at the University of Minnesota College of Design, and lecturer II at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture + Planning. She has also developed and taught both online and hybrid design courses, including an active international MOOC for Creative Problem Solving via Coursera. Before committing to academia full time, she served as an independent design consultant for various private and corporate clients and worked for several architectural design firms.

Nyboer is currently a member of the Association of Architecture Organizations (AAO); the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT); the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), formally CEFPI; Design Research Society (DRS); the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA); and the Interior Design Educators Council.


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • M.Arch, University of New Mexico
  • M.A.T., Lewis and Clark College
  • B.S., University of Oregon

Awards and Honors

  • 2016 Outstanding Graduate Student Award, University of Minnesota College of Design
  • 2016 E-Teaching Award, University of Minnesota College of Design
  • 2015 Mary Hoover Award for Teaching Excellence, University of Minnesota College of Design