Pat Eidson to be Inducted into Gibbs Hall of Fame

The University of Oklahoma Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture Hall of Fame (GCA HOF) recognizes a select number of high-character individuals who have made a significant and lasting positive impact over time to Gibbs College (GCA), its students, staff, faculty, alumni, and/or to communities across the globe. The impact may have been, or continues to be, in the form of service and mentorship, sustained professional excellence, and/or advancement and financial support. Pat Eidson is part of the 2023 Hall of Fame class. To learn about all of the 2023 GCA Hall of Fame inductees, click here.

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The Patricia L Eidson Scholarship Fund in Interior Design supports Gibbs College undergraduate students in the Interior Design program and graduate students pursuing a Master’s of Architecture with a special focus in Interior Architecture.

About Pat Eidson

Pat Eidson

Patricia “Pat” Eidson earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture at Kansas State University in 1966. Pat was one of the first women to be a licensed architect in the state of Kansas. While the customary order of things is to work for the degree and then practice, Pat was thoroughly involved with professional practice demands before and during her work at KSU, as a draftsman, office manager, secretary, bookkeeper, and collaborator. Pat became a partner in the architectural firm, The Eidsons. Some of Manhattan’s finest specimens of interior design, the New York Public Library and First Lutheran Church, were crafted by Pat.

In 1974 to 1979, Pat served as an adjunct professor at Kansas State University in the department of Interior Architecture. Following the death of her husband, she took a leave of absence to teach at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she made the decision to become a full-time educator. Pat received a Master’s of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning in 1983. Pat later taught the Foundation Graphic Representation class to incoming freshman design students. Pat held her first her tenure-track teaching position at the University of Massachusetts for 5 years, beginning in 1983. The University of Oklahoma College of Architecture’s former Dean, Raymond Yeh, hired Pat in 1988. At the time, Pat was the only woman in the College of Architecture to have earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Architecture and hold an AIA license.

New York Public Library – Manhattan

In 1989, she was appointed as the Director of Interior Design, a role she held until 1994. Concurrently, she served as the Assistant Dean from 1990 to 1992 and was later appointed as the Associate Dean from 1992 to 1994. Pat’s vision for her role was to develop and refine innovative pedagogy in the Interior Design program. She was an idealist whose every breath was dedicated to higher standards for teaching interior design and bringing the area into more suitable alignment with the realm of architecture. Pat quickly began overhauling the program’s curriculum to form an intense professional degree with elements of design history, theory, and criticism. She was a strong advocate for interiors licensing, and she was in the vanguard of those educators who created a new look in interiors curricula to that end. Pat avidly consumed the contents of art and architecture library holdings, which made her an unparalleled authority on all major literature in the field and a compelling developer of the formulation of interior design theory. She was an outstanding teacher and a supportive mentor of young faculty. Pat was respected and loved by her students, many of whom work(ed) in distinguished design offices throughout the USA. Pat collaborated with numerous external design professionals, bringing them to the college and initiating a mentoring program. She bridged the gap between academia and the community through organized field trips to design offices, various building structures, manufacturing companies as well as art museums.

Pat chaired the 1987 IDEC Regional Meeting on FIDER Accreditation in Toronto, Canada. She was instrumental in the implementation of the NCIDQ and FIDER Accreditation to the Interior Design Program. Throughout her career, Pat remained well published. She began a book, which was never completed due to her untimely death in 1994. The last bit of scholarly work she finished before entering the hospital prior to her death was a three-person presentation, for which Pat was joined by Carolyn Thompson and Madlen Simon, delivered at a conference in Washington, D.C. Pat’s contribution to “Practice Education and the Collaborative Design Studio: Site of Diversity in Action” was enthusiastically received and her points became an immediate topic of conversation and discussion. In October 1994, Kansas State University School of Architecture and Design awarded Pat the Distinguished Service Award. Her biography was published in 1988 Who’s Who in Interior Design, 1992 Who’s Who of the Asian Pacific Rim, and 1994 International Who’s Who in Interior Design.

Pat Eidson’s life of service extended beyond the realm of architecture and design. She gave an enormous amount of expertise to projects involving the churches of which she was a member, to include Amherst, MA and Norman, OK. She was actively involved in early discussions of a women’s task force which eventually led to the guidelines for Affirmative Action. She had an extremely green thumb, and enjoyed both weaving and sculpture.

Throughout her career, Pat advocated for women to pursue their goals in architecture and design. She leaves behind a great legacy both in the field of interior design and at the University of Oklahoma. One of Pat’s last acts was the endowment of a scholarship for undergraduate Interior Design majors as well as graduate students in Architecture.