EID Webinar: Learning & Research – A Situated Practice with Dr Suzie Attiwill

Invited to respond to the topic of ‘reshaping interior design education and research’ in relation to RMIT’s undergraduate and PhD program, this talk reflects on the particular approach that shapes the first year of the undergraduate Bachelor program through a new Master of Interior Design to the practice research PhD program. An integrated scholarship model that is project-based and industry-engaged is coupled with a conceptual re-framing of interior design as an expanded practice. The emphasis on design as a verb – designing – and ‘interior’ as a proposition to be posed each time anew makes these programs offerings distinctive and situates interior design as a critical 21st century practice. A series of design studios and practice research PhDs will be discussed.

This lecture is part of the Environmental and Interior Design (EID) Webinar Series.

Suzie Attiwill, Associate Dean Interior Design, School of Architecture and Urban Design, RMIT University

In all areas of her practice, as an educator and designer, Suzie Attiwill is a passionate and committed advocate for the discipline of interior design. Her career trajectory plies academic roles with a freelance practice in interior, exhibition and curatorial design. In 2018, she was appointed the inaugural Associate Dean Interior Design, RMIT University. In this role, she is responsible for providing strategic direction as well as ensuring learning and teaching quality, directing research relevance and industry engagements. From 2013 to 2017, Suzie was the Deputy Dean, Learning & Teaching, RMIT School of Architecture & Design. Her research is recognised internationally and has been published as book chapters, journal articles, conference presentations and exhibitions including: ‘Urban Interiors and Interiorities.’ In Cultural, Theoretical, and Innovative Approaches to Contemporary Interior Design, ed. L. Crespi; ‘A new image for interior and interiority.’ In Interior Futures, eds G. Brooker, H. Harriss and K. Walker. Committed to fostering research in the discipline and the value of its social and cultural contribution, Suzie has established an Interior Design PhD stream as part of the School of Architecture and Urban Design’s Practice Research Symposiums in Melbourne, Barcelona and Ho Chi Minh City. From 2006 to 2012, she was Chair of IDEA (Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association). She is a member of the Design Institute of Australia; and an Australian Design Honouree, Australian Design Centre. She is a current executive board member, International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (2020-21). She co-chaired the review and development of the IFI’s Education Policy.

More about Suzie Attiwill, visit RMIT website.

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