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Dr. Robert Paul Meden
Chair, Department of Interior Design; Professor of Interior Design
Contact Information

(703) 284-1574

Academic Credentials

B.Arch., M.Arch., Kent State University
D.Arch., The Catholic University of America
NCIDQ certified; NCARB certified
Teaching Areas:
  • Building Technology
  • Lighting
  • Historic Preservation
  • Freshmen/Sophomore Design Studios/Graphics
  • Introduction to Interior Design
Research Interests:
  • Lighting and Historic Preservation
A Marymount faculty member since 1985, Dr. Robert Meden is currently serving his second stint as chair of the Department of Interior Design, having done so previously from 1989-1998.

He has received national recognition for work done with students, including an ASID Scalamandre Historic Preservation Award, two ASID Dora Brahms Awards, along with two Charles E. Peterson Prize selections. He has also had the opportunity to make presentations and run workshops at several ASID National Conferences, Illuminating Engineering Society Annual Conventions, and IDEC Annual Conferences. Dr. Meden has also received funding from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Cleveland Foundation, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, along with fellow faculty member Dr. Bridget May, for various preservation projects.

Dr. Meden has co-authored a chapter on preservation in the ASID Professional Practice Manual, served as editor and illustrator for a NPS publication, Access to Historic Building for the Disabled, and provided an editorial for Designers West. He has also submitted over 80 book reviews for Choice Magazine.

Dr. Meden was chair of ASID’s national Historic Preservation Committee. He served two terms as the national Treasurer for IDEC and IDEC’s Foundation. And after spending 10 years on accreditation visits for the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (formerly FIDER), was elevated to their Board of Trustees.

He has worked for the State Historic Preservation Office in Albany, NY; the National Park Service’s Historic American Engineering Record, in Morgantown, WV, and Tarrytown, NY; and their Technical Preservation Services, in Washington, DC. While in Indiana, he worked on the Hoosier Dome, and the transformation of the Union Station in Indianapolis. Here in the nation’s capital, he has done lighting design and interior design work for the National Security Agency in the White House, the Old Executive Office Building and the Treasury Building.

Also while at Marymount, Dr. Meden has received the Robert A. Draghi Award in 2008, honoring outstanding teaching and adhering to the school motto, “Students First.” He also was the coach of the Women’s Varsity Soccer team for 11 years, leading them to a national ranking (19th) in 1988, with one All-American, and receiving Coach of the Year in 2000.