Gina earned her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and her Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois. In her Master’s program, she specialized and worked as a teaching assistant in Lighting Design. After graduation, she spent over a decade working as a lighting designer for a variety of A/E and Lighting Design firms in Minneapolis. She began her teaching career in 2006 at Arapahoe Community College where she discovered her love of teaching. She decided to expand her knowledge by returning to school for a Master’s in Adult Education from the University of Phoenix, specializing in online learning. Gina has been an active member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, currently serving on the Education Committee and teaching the Fundamentals of Lighting course to professionals in the industry.
Gina is passionate about education and loves sharing her enthusiasm for design with her students. She began teaching as an adjunct instructor at RMCAD in the Fall of 2008 and helped develop the online Lighting Design course in the summer of 2010. She is excited to be back as a full-time assistant professor.
Outside of school, Gina is an award-winning author, adoption advocate, and TEDx Speaker on the topic of Early Childhood Trauma. She and her husband have two teenage boys they adopted from Guatemala when they were babies.
Building Codes and Regulations; History of Architecture, Interiors, + Furnishings I and II; Introduction to Sustainable Design; Lighting Layout + Design, Office Design – Sustainable Design; Survey of Interior Design; and Sustainable Design Strategies + Technologies