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Gayle DeBruyn colors design community green

July 15, 2013
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Gayle DeBruyn puts green in community
Gayle DeBruyn

Editor’s note: Each issue of the Influential Women enewsletter will feature a profile of one of the Business Journal’s reigning 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan. The profile first appeared in the event program.

Think of Gayle DeBruyn the next time you run into an up-and-coming furniture designer or artist.

As an assistant professor of design studies at Kendall College of Art and Design and program chair for Furniture Design, DeBruyn plays a key role in helping students intentionally pursue a deeper understanding, and an application of, sustainable design strategies.

DeBruyn thinks, works and advocates “green.”

She serves on the boards of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, Alliance for Environmental Sustainability, U.S. Green Building Council, Community Sustainability Partnership and the UNU Regional Center of Expertise committee for the city of Grand Rapids. DeBruyn also serves on the advisory committee for Design West Michigan and MiBiz.

DeBruyn is an owner of Lake Affect Design Studio Ltd. in Grand Rapids, which serves clients in commercial, residential and educational/institutional interior design. 

The firm 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 a master’s of management and master’s certificate in sustainable business from Aquinas College. 

She has also been a Best of NeoCon judge for Contract Magazine in 2008, 2010 and 2011 and completed the NCI charrette system training.

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