College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Gowri Betrabet Gulwadi

  • School of Applied Human Sciences, Interior Design

    Faculty - Professor of Interior Design


    Interior Design


    Ph.D. in Architecture: Environment-Behavior Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
    Bachelors in Architecture, Bangalore University, India

    Research Interests

    Design for health, Light and its effects on health, Green spaces and effects on health, Restorative environments, Schoolteachers' environments, Caregiving at home, Design for successful aging, Innovative methods in design research and pedagogy

    Teaching Interests

    Sustainable design, Commercial design, Hand-drafting, Computer-aided drafting, Professional Practice and preparation, Internships, Research-based design, Research techniques for designers


    Member, Board of Directors of the Environmental Design Research Association (2012 - present) Member, Sustainability Action Committee (2011 - present) Area coordinator, Interior Design

    Selected Publications

    Betrabet Gulwadi, G. (2013). “Establishing continuity of self - memory boxes in dementia facilities for older adults: their use and usefulness.” Journal of Housing for the Elderly. 27(1-2):105-119.

    Betrabet Gulwadi, G. (2012). “Accommodating teachers’ stress-reducing strategies: Frontstage and backstage areas in schools.” In S. Ahrentzen, C. Després, and B. Schermer (Eds.), Building bridges, blurring boundaries: The Milwaukee School in Environment-Behavior Studies. Milwaukee: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Villes Regions Monde.

    Stigliani, W. M., Zeman, C. & Betrabet Gulwadi, G. (2012).  Faculty enrichment program for infusing sustainability across the university curriculum.  In Walter Leal Filho, (Ed.) Sustainable development at universities: new horizons. Environmental Education, Communication and Sustainability. Vol. 34. Peter Lang Publishing Group: Pieterlen, Switzerland. 

    Betrabet Gulwadi, G. (2009). Restorative home environments of family caregivers. Journal of Aging Studies. 23 (3), 197-204.

    Betrabet Gulwadi, G., Joseph, A., & Keller, A. M. (2009). Exploring the impact of the physical environment on patient outcomes in ambulatory care settings. Health Environments Research and Design Journal. 2(2), 21-41

    Betrabet Gulwadi, G. (2009). Using reflective journals in a sustainable design studio. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. 10 (1), 43-53.

    Betrabet Gulwadi, G. (2006). Seeking restorative experiences: Elementary school teachers’ choices for places that enable coping with stress. Environment and Behavior, 38 (4), 503-520.

    *Alves, S. M., Betrabet Gulwadi, G., and Cohen, U. (2005). Accommodating culturally meaningful activities in outdoor settings for older adults. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 19, 3/4, 109-140.

    Betrabet, Gowri, Geboy, Lyn Dally & Dearborn-Karan, Lynne (2000) Architecture Research Methods Training in Education and Practice: A Pilot Survey. Research Report submitted to the Initiative for Architectural Research (lead sponsoring agency), S. Ahrentzen, Ph.D. Principal Investigator.

    Alden Andrew, Betrabet Gowri, Diaz Moore Keith, Weisman Gerald (1999) Designing a Better Day: Annotated Bibliography Adult Day Care Literature from (1990 - 1998) Milwaukee, WI: CAUPR

    Betrabet, Gowri. (1996). The Garden as a Restorative Environment: A Theoretical Perspective. In Therapeutic Landscapes, Designing Gardens for Health and Healing, Special Issue, Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture. Vol. VIII.