Department of Art & Art History

Kijeong Jeon

Interior Architecture

Kijeong Jeon is a Professor and Interior Architecture program coordinator in the Art and Art History department at California State University Chico. Prior to joining CSU Chico, he spent 10 years working in the San Francisco Bay Area as an environmental designer, developing branded environments for major US corporations. He has received numerous design awards and recognitions, including ‘Critiq’ Magazine’s Annual Design Award in the environmental design category. Recently he received the IIDA (International Interior Design Association) Foundation Diversity Award. The Diversity Award recognizes and celebrates an educator who is representative of a diverse background, and makes a significant contribution to interior design education today. Not only does Kijeong encourage his students to demonstrate social responsibility through design, he is making his own mark by designing for people living with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Aside from teaching, Kijeong’s main focus is conducting research and design on the built environment, and its efficacy on mood and behavior improvement with individuals who have cognitive impairments or autism. He has presented design research of autism and environmental factors at various conferences. Jeon received an invitation to conduct public lectures regarding Autism and Multi-Sensory Environments at several institutions including University of Oregon’s College of Architecture, and the civic auditorium of Amami Oshima, in Japan. Jeon was featured as a live interviewee on KLCC radio (NPR affiliate), discussing Autism and Multi-Sensory Environments. Jeon has also contributed articles in School Construction Magazine and Healthy Building Science Magazine about autism and environmental design.