M.F.A., Winthrop University, 1995 BUS, Oklahoma State University, 1987
Professor Isham has been teaching university level interior design courses since the
fall of 1994, where his teaching has focused on visualization skills and the beginning
design student. His creative activities have produced award-wining designs in architecture
2D and 3D categories.
During the last five years he has been actively engaged in the construction of straw
bale buildings. In 2009 lead a group of volunteer students in the construction of
the McCrory Outdoor Classroom at McCrory Gardens, in Brookings, South Dakota. This
is a 900 s.f. general purpose building will be the focus of a children’s garden area
that will emphasize sustainable gardening practices. This is the first straw bale
structure with a living roof in South Dakota. He also maintains the active design
firm, Isham Design Resources..
Current Scholarship: Researching the importance of hand skills to the design process, Issues surrounding
the beginning design student
Creative Activity: Table from reclaimed materials Renderings of Barns Entrances
Design projects: Gabe’s Room, patient room remodel, Make-a-wish Foundation - Johnson City, TN Reynolds Residence - Deck Design - Jonesborough, TN Bates Residence – Straw Bale Construction – Columbus, OH
Presentation, Fourth International Conference on the Constructed Environment, Lisbon,
Portugal.Technology as a disruptive change in the iterative process for beginning design students, Oct 4-5, 2013. Isham, D., Emma, T. Isham D. (Fall 2013).
Isham D. (Fall 2012). Presentation, IDEC South Regional Conference, Richmond, VA.Active sketching: Empowering abductive learning to bridge the gap between dreams and
reality during lower division studios. **Awarded Outstanding Abstract Entry.
Isham D. (Fall 2012). Presentation, IDEC South Regional Conference, Richmond, VA.(10 Elements × 8 Principles) ÷ abductive learning = 9:Introduction of the design process
through exploration of lakota culture in a first semester freshman studio.
Isham D. (Jan/Feb 2012).2012 higher education guide to sustainable practices - bale building, South Dakota Magazine.
Isham D. (Summer 2012).Many bales: one building generates awareness in South Dakota,IDEC (Interior Architecture Educators Council) Exchange – Environmentally Responsible
Design Summer 2012 Issue
Isham D. (April 8, 2011). AAFCS Regional Conference, Cedar Falls, IA.Many bales: building community/children’s gardening and outdoor classroom at mccrory