Rebekah Radtke: 2024-25 University Research Professor Q&A

Rebekah Radtke, a Chellgren Endowed Professor and associate professor in the School of Interiors in the University of Kentucky College of Design, has been honored as a 2024-25 University Research Professor.

Radtke’s research is focused on collaborating with communities using design as a method to create more sustainable, climate-responsive areas. She shares the impact of this work through partnerships and international research collaborations.

Most recently, Radtke has been working with colleagues across design disciplines and community partners in Hazard, Kentucky. Together, they aim to reimagine Appalachian climate futures by cultivating place-based design solutions and best practices.

Radtke spoke with UKNow about her latest honor as a University Research Professor in this Q&A.

UKNow: What does it mean to you to be recognized as a University Research Professor?

Radtke: Research takes a lot of heart and determination. Witnessing the legacy of University Research Professors at UK and the impact of their work, it is an honor to be in such good company.

Katherine Johnson

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