Lindsay Tan

interdisciplinary design ecologist in Opelika, Alabama

Lindsay Tan, MFA, IDEC, EDAC, LEED GCP, NCIDQ is an interdisciplinary design ecologist with over 12 years of research and design experience. She is Director of the Design Ecology Lab, where the Lab team explores the design ecology of resilient urban environments. She is interested in the multimodal, multilayered interaction of people, places, products, and processes as they impact health and wellness of individuals and society.

Her primary research interests are: design ecology, embedded urban resilience, design interventions, and food security and resilience. She is also interested in research related to: One Health, decentralized infrastructure, smart urban systems, sub/urban homesteading, agricultural sustainability, GIS and remote sensing, systems of systems, human-environment interaction, human-computer interaction, symbolic interaction, and sublinear and superlinear human-environment systems.

Tan is a grant-funded and published scholar. Recent examples of her scholarly writing can be found in HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal (2017), The International Journal of Design Education (2016), the Journal of Interior Design (2015), Fusion Journal (2014), and International Journal of Designs for Learning (2013). She also exhibits an average of four (4) juried creative works each year, and regularly secures awards for herself and her students.

Her professional experience includes designs for hospitality, healthcare, residential and corporate interiors, digital and print media, interface and interaction, exhibit, visual merchandising, and production for stage and film. Tan and her work have been featured in tv, radio, print, and online media.

Tan lives on a self-made microhomestead experiment station with her husband, kids, and ducks. Her vices include drinking too much coffee, checking her phone, and walking entirely out of her way to step on crunchy-looking leaves. (Sometimes simultaneously.)

  • Work
    • Auburn University