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Debra Ruben is an assistant professor in the Department of Architecture and Interiors at Drexel University, and teaches both lecture and studio courses in the graduate and undergraduate Interior Design Programs. Current curriculum development includes integrating sustainable design and environmental theory into Drexel’s CIDA-accredited Interior Design Program and the development of a new minor: Sustainability in the Built Environment. Debra’s research incorporates interdisciplinary design thinking, sustainability issues and participatory practices as they relate to community building. She has run several courses in social sustainability and community design and was the primary investigator for three foundation grants that resulted in the recent development of an 85,000 sf. barren schoolyard into a new playground. Debra is an NCIDQ certificate holder and a LEED accredited professional. An interior design practitioner for 18 years, her work has won several awards including Best of Show for the IDEC 2005 juried Interior Design Competition. Currently she is working on the interior design for a 6000 square foot sustainable residence in Mallorca Spain.