Hassnaa Mohammed

Assistant Professor, Interior Design


American Muslims, placemaking, mosques, designing in situ, human ecological design
IU Bloomington


  • Ph.D. Human Ecology- Design Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2022
  • Master of Arts: Public Affairs, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2015
  • B.S. Interior Design (Honors); B.S. Communications Media, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA , 2014


Hassnaa Mohammed is an Assistant Professor of interior design at the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design. Her current research is on human-place relationships in socio-religious spaces and community buildings. She is driven by her passion for community work and developing design guidelines for safe spaces that promote emotional and spiritual wellbeing from individuals from all backgrounds. Dr. Mohammed has presented her research at the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) several times and has published manuscripts in the Health Environments Research & Design journal, Community Development Journal, and Gender, Place and Culture. 

Dr. Mohammed was formerly an assistant professor at The Design School at Arizona State University (ASU) and a core affiliate of the Center of Muslim Experience in the US at ASU. She has instructed a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate studios and lecture-based courses.  Additionally, she worked for several leading interior design firms in the United States and Portugal. She received Dual Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and Communications Media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as well as her Master of Art in Public Affairs with a focus on international development and Muslim women. 

Recent Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles 

  1. Mohammed, H. The hidden program of Islamic third spaces: Design as a tool for inclusive community building. Design Issues. [SCOPUS indexed] (Accepted, in press). 
  2. Mohammed, H. (2023). “Come as you are”: Place attachment to Islamic third spaces in the United States. Community Development Journal. [SCOPUS indexed].  
  3. Mohammed, H. (2022). From women’s sections: Place affordances and women’s sense of place in American mosques. Gender, Place, and Culture. [SCOPUS indexed]  
  4. Shin, J., Dennis, S. & Mohammed, H. (2021). Health and wellbeing outcome measures in environmental design research: A critical review. Health Environments Research & Design Journal. [SCOPUS indexed]     
  1. Mohammed, H. Dual Identification and Place Attachment to Islamic Third Spaces in the US (Undergoing peer review) 

Peer Reviewed Creative Scholarship 

  1. Mohammed, H. (2018). THE WALL. in:cite journal, 1, 16-17. [peer reviewed]

Peer Reviewed Conference Proceedings  

  1. Hassan, H. K. (2014). Graffiti as a communication medium during the Arab Spring. The Proceedings of the Laurel Highlands Communications Conference.   

Other Publications 

  1. Mohammed, H. K.(2015). Enhancing slum conditions in Cairo, Egypt: An inter-sector perspective. Indiana University of Pennsylvania. (Master’s thesis)
  2. Hassnaa Mohammed; Designing a New Brand of Islamic Places in the United States: The Hidden Program of Third Spaces. Design Issues 2024; 40 (1): 45–60. doi: https://doi-org.proxyiub.uits.iu.edu/10.1162/desi_a_00743