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The goal of this annual symposium is to explore important facets of the discipline of Interior Design (ID) by bringing together scholars and practitioners to advocate for professional identity, support cultural diversity through design, encourage global connectivity and foster interdisciplinary exchanges.

The symposium investigates a contemporary issue significant to the field of ID. The intention is to explore research and theory that comes other disciplines to help advance the profession of ID. Our goal is to imagine a world with responsible, sustainable and inclusive built environments and take decisive actions to begin creating such a future. Thus, we will aim to: 1) connect researchers across divergent and dispersed fields, 2) provide a platform to collaborate and to define a common set of interests and research questions, and 3) establish a new direction for ID research, scholarship and practice.

Symposium Theme for 2013

Design is more than bricks and mortar—it is about human lives, experiences, and quality of living—this symposium aims to start a discourse directed toward the human experience of being. We raise anew the question to reawaken our appreciation for being’s various implications and enhance it with the positive idea of doing so well.

Shashi Caan affirms the need for exploration in this area by stating, “to provide meaningful design solutions that meet human needs, we must first define the experiences and qualities that constitute the essential parameters. The new criterion for design has to include a comprehensive understanding of how humans interact with the physical and the phenomenological world. Design must evolve to satisfy yearnings for the intangible, such as peace of mind and trustfulness.” (Caan, 2011)

We are seeking contributions that generate new knowledge and design theory, research, and practice that can elaborate and effectively demonstrate well + being in the design of the built environment.

The symposium will consist of panel presentations by leading thinkers in the field of design, posters presentations and group explorations and discussions on the topic.

Caan, S. (2011). Rethinking Design and Interiors: Human Beings in the Built Environment. London: Laurence King Publishers.

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