To conclude day one, the Australian and New Zealand interiors educator’s peak body, IDEA (Interior Design/ Interior Architecture Educators Association) presented a panel session in which senior academics from New Zealand and Australia presented student projects that addressed public heritage, community development for groups located in remote areas and service to marginalised members of society. In all, over 45 interior design/interior architecture programs from the Asia Pacific were represented in the Symposium.
IDEA panel (L-R) Sue Gallagher (Chair) Senior Lecturer Auckland University of Technology, Jane Lawrence Senior Lecturer and Program Director University of South Australia, Sing Darcy Lecturer University of New South Wales and Keynote Speaker Suzie Attiwill Associate Professor RMIT University (Courtesy of Joanne Cys)
The overwhelming congruence that emerged amongst the Symposium presentations was one of the teaching of future interiors practitioners as highly specialised (in various modes of practice) and creative professionals willing toaccept the responsibility of service to humanity. The many and varied projects presented at the Symposium demonstrated that interiors academics in the Asia Pacific region are creating learning activities for their students that reinforce the tenets of the Interiors Declaration and as such, help to instill its values in the next generation of interior designers.
Our deepest thanks to GIEOF Committee Chair, Joanne Cys and her team for their careful planning and relentless work to promote design knowledge and to promoting them across different spheres of society. I also want to recognize regional organizations including APSDA and IDEA for their support in this important program. Thank you to all who came out to make this a huge sucess!