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Assistant Professor DeBruyn One of West Michigans’ 50 Most Influential Women

Posted March 5, 2012 in Faculty

Assistant Professor and Furniture Program Chair Gayle DeBruyn, has been named one of West Michigans’ 50 Most Influential Women.

DeBruyn plays a key role in helping students intentionally pursue a deeper understanding and an application of sustainable design strategies. She serves on the boards of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, the Alliance for Environmental Sustainability, the U.S. Green Building Council, the Community Sustainability Partnership, and the UNU Regional Center of Expertise committee for the city of Grand Rapids. She also serves on the advisory committee for Design West Michigan and MiBiz newspaper.

DeBruyn is co-owner of Lake Affect Design Studio, which serves clients in commercial, residential and educational/institutional interior design. Lake Affect Design specializes in environmental and user-centered design strategies. Key examples of its LEED project work include the Thompson residence in East Grand Rapids and the Helmus Building.

DeBruyn earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in interior design from Michigan State University, and both a Master’s of Management and master’s certificate in sustainable business from Aquinas College.

She has been a “Best of NeoCon” judge for Contract Magazine in 2008, 2010, and 2011, and completed the National Charrette Institute charrette system training.