Ronald Reed

Ron Reed

Ron Reed

Department Chair
Department of Human Sciences



Curriculum Vitae


Ron is Chair & Associate Professor for the Department of Human Sciences in the College of Health Sciences at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX. He earned his M.S. in interior design from Colorado State University and a B.S. in interior design from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He has practiced in both residential and commercial design with an emphasis in senior living communities specializing in assisted living and memory care interiors.

Ron is a Registered Interior Designer in Texas, an NCIDQ certificate holder #020474, and a professional member of the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and the Inter-Society Color Council (ISCC). His personal design and research interests focus on senior living design, color theory and application, and interior environmental features leading to perceptions of place attachment and meanings of home in environments of limited personal control.

As a scholar of chromatics, he has published several books on color including Color Plus Design: Transforming Interior Space, 1st, 2nd & and 3rd editions; co-authored Color Studies, 3rd Eds.; and contributed to the 5th and 6th editions of the New Munsell Student Color Set as a consultant and associate editor and has assumed primary authorship of this seminal work with the 7th edition published in February 2024.


  • M.S., Interior Design - Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • B.S., Interior Design – University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Selected Publications

  • Reed, R. (2024, February). The New Munsell student color set, (7th ed.). New York: Fairchild Books, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing.
  • Reed, R. (2021). Color Plus Design: Transforming Interior Space, (3rd ed.). New York: Bloomsbury.
  • Long, J. & Reed, R. (2020). The New Munsell Student Color Set, (6th ed.). New York: Bloomsbury.
  • Feisner, E. A., & Reed, R. (2013). Color Studies, 3rd Edition. New York: Fairchild.

Professional Experience

  • Project Design Manager, studioSIX5, Austin, TX
  • Senior Designer, Touchstone Design Studio, Fort Collins, CO
  • Interior Designer, Gilliam’s Center for Creative Design, Scottsdale, AZ