Dr. Migette Kaup is a Professor at Kansas State University and an Interior Designer specializing in gerontological and universal design. She earned her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Her major area of research is in aging and environment relationships with emphasis on long-term care policy structures to investigate progressive changes occurring in nursing homes. Her educational background also includes a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and Masters of Architecture in Environment & Behavior and Place Studies with an emphasis in Gerontology from Kansas State University.
Migette 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 over the past 20 years have focused on various aspects of senior housing and care including specialized dementia care and person-centered design strategies. Dr. Kaup is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments (SAGE), as well as the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), and a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and International Interior Design Association (IIDA). Migette served as the 2016-17 President for the Interior Design Educators Council and served on the IDEC board for over eight years.
She currently teaches for the College of Health and Human Sciences in the Interior Design Program. She is also a member of the gerontology faculty through the K-State Center on Aging. Migette is co-PI on the PEAK (Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas nursing homes) 2.0 Program with the Kansas State University Center on Aging. PEAK 2.0 is a pay-for-performance program administered by the Kansas Department of Age and Disability to incent person-centered care (PCC) implementation in nursing homes across Kansas. Her work on long-term care settings and design has been published in both books and journals and she is a regular presenter at national conferences.