Darrin Brooks

A Utah based designer and owner of Brooks Design Associates, a firm specializing in both residential-commercial interior design and set-costume design for theatre.

Darrin Brooks is the President of the American Society of Interior Designers [ASID] Intermountain Chapter, a member of the International Interior Design Association [IIDA], a member of the Interior Designers Educators Council and is NCIDQ Certified.
Who We Are
Brooks is an associate professor of interior design at Utah State University located in Northern Utah.  He is a designer and owner of Brooks Design Associates, a firm specializing in both residential and commercial interior design. Prior to returning to Utah, he owned a high-end residential design firm in Greenwich, Connecticut for several years.  
Darrin Brooks currently serves as President of the American Society of Interior Designers [ASID] Intermountain Chapter. The Intermountain Chapter of ASID covers the largest geographical area of any chapter in the society with designers, students, and industry partners in Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming. He is also a professional member of the International Interior Design Association [IIDA] and is NCIDQ Certified. 
In 2008, Brooks was one of four founding members of Ideal For Utah or IDEAL (Interior Design Education and Legislation), which is a coalition established to protect rights and establish licensing for interior designers in the State of Utah. In 2016 Utah become 27th State to adopt Interior Design Legislation. Utah Senate Bill 117 represents a legal victory
that creates certification for commercial interior designers and will allow them to submit their documents for building permits. Now he is proudly a Certified Commercial Interior Designer in the State of Utah.
Brooks’ design work has received numerous awards from ASID and IIDA and his work has been presented in several juried shows. In addition, his work has appeared in various magazines and journals such as Bedroom and Bath, Journal of Interior Design, Sources and Design, Southern Accents, Vermont, and Greenwich.
At Utah State, Brooks is currently serving as the Interior Design Program Chair. Recently, he received the 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year Award from the Caine College of the Arts. He has a passion to expose his students to major design cities in the US and throughout Europe. Since 2005, he has taken over 100 students to Europe. In 2014, Brooks received the International Professor of the Year Award from the Caine College of the Arts. His research at Utah State identifies branding strategies relating to the décor changes in the Oval Office from 1934 to the
present. His students are recognized for receiving international and national awards including every major kitchen competition. Students from his classes and from the design program have received over $150,000.00 in scholarships and awards. Brooks is passionate about bringing well known influential designers to Utah State to work with USU students. His mantra is “design like you give a damn,” and his work shows his commitment to interior design education and practice.
Brooks also designs both sets and costumes for theatre. He has received numerous awards for his work, including set and costume designs being displayed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. ​Brooks’ signature trademark is his attention to detail. His designs explore a wide range of repertoire from stark minimalism to lavish grandeur. His diversity in designing elegant spas, puppets, lavish sets or evening gowns demonstrates his ability to meet each design challenge with diversity and experience.

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Students from his classes have received over $100,000 in scholarships and awards

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Students from his classes and the design program have received over $150,000 in scholarships and awards

In addition to his Interior Design work, Darrin Brooks also specializes in both set and costume design for theater.

This website is dedicated to my former professor and mentor, Elizabeth Rogers
She has been not only inspirational, but convinced me that my dreams could become real. She taught me not only to be a designer, but also a gentleman, and a scholar. She motivated me to dedicate my life to becoming an interior design educator.