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Migette Kaup

Kaup, Migette
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Kansas State University
Department of ATID, College of Health and Human Sciences
323 Justin Hall, 1324 Lovers Ln.
Manhattan, KS 66506

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Gerontology Graduate Programs - Instructor


Migette Kaup is a professor at Kansas State University and an interior designer specializing in gerontological and universal design. She earned her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Her dissertation, titled "Patterns of Culture Change Households: A Graphic Ethnography of Organizational and Environmental Fit," combined her major area of study in aging and environment relationships with her minor area, long-term care policy structures, to investigate progressive changes occurring in nursing homes.

Kaup is NCIDQ and EDAC certified and her professional design practice includes over nine years in architectural firms as well as seven years in private consulting to long-term care providers and design professionals. Her combined areas of applied research and practice have focused on various aspects of senior housing and care including specialized dementia care and person-centered design strategies. Some of these projects include Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community, Logan Manor Assisted Living, Wesley Towers, Special Care Units, and Wesley Towers Assisted Living.

Kaup is a member of the Gerontological Society of America, the Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments, the Environmental Design Research Association as well as the Interior Design Educators Council and the International Interior Design Association. She is also a fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Institute on Aging and Environment.

She served as the 2016-2017 president for IDEC and has been an IDEC board member for over eight years also serving as the director of regions, secretary-treasurer, president-elect, and past president. She currently teaches for the KSU College of Human Ecology in the interior design program. She is also a member of the gerontology faculty through the KSU Center on Aging.

Her current work at KSU is focused on research in the areas of environments and aging, specifically skilled care settings. Her work on long-term care settings and design has been published in books and journals, and she is a regular presenter at national conferences.

Kaup was named to the council of fellows for the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) at their 2019 annual conference.  Just the year before, she was selected as a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).


Ph.D. in Architecture, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2012
Certificate in Applied Gerontology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2009
Master of Architecture in Environment and Behavior and Place Studies, Kansas State University, 1994
B.S. in Interior Design (cum laude), Kansas State University,1990