College of Visual and Performing Arts

The Department of Visual Communication and Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Department of Visual Communication and Design

John Motz, B.F.A.
Interim Director

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499

Office: Visual Arts Building
Room: VA213
Hours: Mon - Fri 8 am - 5 pm

Phone: 260-481-6709
Fax: 260-481-6707


Fine Arts | Music
Theatre | VCD

Suining Ding, Ph.D., EDAC, NCIDQ, ASID, IDEC

Ding-HeadshotProfessor of Interior Design and Director of the
Interior Design Program

Office: Visual Arts Building, Room 222
Phone: 260-481-6008 

Dr. Suining Ding is a full professor at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne where she also is the director of Interior Design Program. Dr. Ding’s areas of expertise include environment-behavior studies in healthcare architecture, evidence-based design (EBD), design process and design methodology, digital 3D modeling, architectural graphic communications, and cross-cultural comparison of architecture.

Trained in architecture and interior design, and gained extensive practice experience in architecture, Dr. Ding is also a researcher and obtained her Ph.D. in Architectural Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her doctoral studies focused on evidence-based design, the evolution of healthcare architecture, architectural design theory and philosophy of environmental design research. Dr. Ding holds the Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) professional certification, which validates that individuals have a core body of knowledge and experience necessary to lead and engage in an evidence-based design process for healthcare architecture. Dr. Ding’s work has resulted in numerous publications on teaching pedagogy, and scholarly research in peer-reviewed journals as well as presentations at national and international conferences. Dr. Ding has authored three peer-reviewed textbooks for Fairchild Books/Bloomsbury Publishing, which have been adopted by many universities across the country. These books are “Modeling and Visualization with AutoCAD,” “Sketching Interiors: from Traditional to Digital,” and “Photoshop for Interior Designers: a Nonverbal Communication.”

Dr. Ding attended The Ohio State University where she received Master of Arts degree in Interior Design. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Southeast University. Dr. Ding is a National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Certified Interior Designer. During her professional practice career, Dr. Ding participated in the design of many large-scale medical centers, assisted living facilities and office buildings. She is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).

Dr. Ding currently serves as the Director of Regional Collaborative/Board of Director for the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC). She served as Midwest Regional Chair from 2011 -2013. Dr. Ding also directed and coordinated the 2012-2013 IDEC National Student Design Competition. As the Director of Regional Collaborative/Board of Director, she provides leadership for five different regions’ scholarship and conference activities.

Selected Publications ( More available on request)

  • Ding, S. (November, 2013) “Photoshop for Interior Designers: A Nonverbal Communication,” ISBN 9781609015442, Textbook, Fairchild Publications, New York
  • Ding, S. (March, 2011) “Sketching Interiors: from Traditional to Digital,” ISBN 9781563679193, Textbook, Fairchild Publications, New York.
  • Ding, S. (2008) “Modeling and Visualization with AutoCAD,” ISBN  9781563675010, Textbook, Fairchild Publications, New York.
  • Ding, S. (Spring Edition, 2008) “Rethinking Design Process: Using 3D Digital Models as an Interface in Collaborative Session,” The Engineering Design Graphic Journal.  A refereed journal. Vol. 72, No. 3, pp. 1 –9.
  • Ding, S. (Autumn Edition, 2008) “Represent the Past by Solid Modeling + Golden Ratio Analysis,” Engineering Design Graphic Journal.  A refereed journal. Vol. 73, No. 3, pp 17-25.
  • Ding, S. “Designer’s Diary,” National Juried Design Communication Exhibition, Ball State University School of Architecture Gallery (Sept.12 – Oct. 12, 2007), 2007 Bi - Annual Design Communication Association (DCA) National Conference, Muncie, Indiana.