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Chad Gibbs

School of Family Life, Family Life

2056 JFSB - Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602


Dr. Chad Gibbs practiced as an interior designer in both residential and healthcare environments for firms in Boston, MA, Salt Lake City, UT, and Saint Paul, MN. Before accepting a full time teaching position at Brigham Young University, he was part of the faculty at Colorado State University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Gibbs holds degrees from Brigham Young University (BFA) and The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (MA and Ph.D). His primary research and teaching focus has been on creating meaningful interiors that nurture the experience of home.

Research Interests

Meaningful Design - Defining home in the United States. Measuring meaning in the house.

Teaching Interests

Designing to create environments that nurture the creation of positive meaning associations.


  • Ph.D., Interior Design , University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (2007)
  • MA, Interior Design , University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (2000)
  • BFA, Interior Design , Brigham Young University (1993)

Honors and Awards

  • Innovative Teaching Award, School of Family Life (2022 - 2022)
  • Service Award, Interior Design Educators Council (2008 - 2008)
  • Honorable Service Award, University of Minnesota - Dept. of Design, Housing & Apparel (2006 - 2006)
  • Mary Hoover Award for Teaching Excellence, University of Minnesota, Dept. of Design, Housing, & Apparel (2000 - 2000)


  • American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (2015 - Present)
  • Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) (2008 - Present)

Professional Citizenship

  • Committee/Council Chair, Utah Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (2016 - Present)
  • Other, Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (2014 - Present)
  • Committee/Council Member, Utah State Department of Education (2022 - 2022)

Courses Taught


J. Banning S. Clemons D. McKelfresh Richard Wesley Gibbs
S. Clemons Richard Wesley Gibbs K. Tremblay K. Leigh R. Work
Richard Wesley Gibbs
Richard Wesley Gibbs
Benjamin Guild Gibbs Richard Wesley Gibbs Ralph B Brown