Ann L. Black , MA

Associate Dean

Associate Dean Academic and Faculty Affairs

Aronoff Center


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Professional Summary

Professor Black is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati. She has also served as the Associate Director of SAID and the Interior Design Program coordinator. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design and her Master of Arts in Design Management and Planning, both from The Ohio State University. Before joining the faculty at UC, she practiced interior design for ten years with The Limited, Inc. and Wendy’s International, Inc.
Professor Black’s current research focuses on the products, spaces and services that improve the experience and well being of users in the healthcare setting including the patient, their caregivers and medical staff. She has led multiple projects at the Live Well Collaborative – a non-profit that brings academia and industry together for 15 week long projects centered on the patient experience. User focused research techniques, co-creation sessions and validation sessions with users and medical staff ensure targeted, viable solutions. 


M.A.: Ohio State University 1993 ((Design Management and Planning))

B.S.: Ohio State University 1983 ((Industrial Design))

Research and Practice Interests

Retail Design Professional Practice Communication Skills: Drawing, Rendering

Research Support

Grant: #SRS 001258 Investigators:Black, Ann; Borcherding, Phyllis 09-01-2006 -12-31-2008 American Eagle Outfitters American Eagle Outfitter Concept Store Role:Collaborator $31,500.00 Closed Level:Industry

Grant: #DCA-Conf Ctr Investigators:Black, Ann 03-01-2011 -09-30-2011 Scripps Networks Design Conference Center for Scripps Network Role:PI $54,000.00 Closed Level:Industry

Grant: #SES-2026594 Investigators:Bhiwapurkar, Pravin; Black, Ann; Fry, Michael; Harfmann, Anton; Linders, Annulla; Nassif, Nabil; Rebola, Claudia; Tang, Ming; Wendell, David 01-01-2021 -12-31-2021 National Science Foundation Future of Work: Understanding the interrelationships between humans and technology to improve the quality of work life in smart buildings. Role:Collaborator $149,720.00 Awarded Level:Federal