Interior Design: Intersections, Ideas, and Iterations

October 25 -27
Chatham University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh offers an exceptional setting for interior design education and practice. Its recent history illustrates a belief in renewal through a sustainable future that acknowledges its rich history but embraces the positive role of change. Its mountains and rivers provide a rich backdrop to its built environment, its new technologies signal its future, and its universities provide opportunities for research between disciplines.


Conference Schedule


5:30 p.m. –
7 p.m.
Registration & Reception


8:30 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
9:30 a.m. Welcome & Regional Meeting
10 a.m. Presentation #1
Towards an Immaterial Interior: Beyond Competitive Representations
Presented by: Emily Pellicano, Marywood University
10:30 a.m. Presentation #2
Intercepted Drawings: Learning from the Expertise of Experts
Presented by: Shai Yeshayahu, Ryerson University
11 a.m. Presentation #3
Religion and Interior Design: The Impact of Islamic Religion on Interior Design
Presented by: Ashjan Halawani, Howard University
11:30 a.m. Presentation #4
Integrate Arabic Culture Aspects Into Sustainable Design in Saudi Arabia
Presented by: Ashwaq Halawani, Howard University
Noon Lunch
1 p.m. Presentation #5
Autodesk REVIT: Pedagogy and Practice for Interior Design
Presented by: Jaob Tucci, Thomas Jefferson University
1:30 p.m. Presentation #6
A Case for Slow Study Abroad
Presented by: Lisa Phillips, Jefferson (Philadelphia University +Thomas Jefferson)
2 p.m. Presentation #7
From Dormitory to Micohotel: An Interior Design and Hospitality Program’s
Collaborative Efforts to Universally Redesign a College Campus Inn and Conference Center
Presented by: Mary Golden, RIT
2:30 p.m. Break
3 p.m. Speaker: Doug North Cook
Introduction to Virtual Reality and Immersive Media

Professor North Cook is a designer working in the field of immersive media building experiences for both virtual and augmented reality. He has been teaching courses focused on technology and design in the Interior Architecture program since 2015 and is helping to develop Chatham’s new Immersive Media program.  His latest VR project, Writing the End, is a non-linear exploration of memory and personhood out now for Oculus Rift and Oculus Go. He also works with the Fallingwater Institute on developing and running their week-long design residencies.
4 p.m. Presentation #8
The Rewarding Intersection between User Research and Original Design
Presented by: Jennifer Sarabia, Wentworth Institute
4:30 p.m. Presentation #9
Teaching for the Transfer of Learning: Intersections in a Multidisciplinary Learning Environment
Presented by: Keena Suh, Pratt Institute
5 p.m. End of Friday session – Dinner on your own


8:30 a.m. Transportation to Eden Hall
9:15 a.m. Breakfast
10 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Peter Walker – Move Over Tree-huggers and Enter the Man
Dr. Walker is the recently appointed Dean of the Falk School of Sustainability and Environment at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. In this role he is not only building a new School, but also a new fully sustainable Campus at Eden Hall, north of Pittsburgh, and a new activist approach to education which starts by engaging students in the challenges and problems of their local environment.

Prior to coming to Pittsburgh in August 2014, Dr. Walker spent 12 years as the Director of the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University, one of the world’s premier enters for the study of humanitarian crises. In 2007 Dr. Walker was made Rosenberg Professor of Nutrition and Human Security. Dr Walker joined Tufts from a 25 year career in disaster and humanitarian crisis management around the world.

Dr. Walker played a major role in managing the relief response to the 1984-85 famine in the Sudan and is subsequent relief and development programs in Ethiopia.

Joining the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in 1990 Dr Walker was involved in needs assessment and evaluation missions in the former Soviet states, Iran, Pakistan, Former Yugoslavia, The Horn of Africa, Namibia, Malawi, Somalia and the Great Lakes region, as well as spending two years heading up disaster preparedness programs cross southeast Asia.

Walker was instrumental in championing the need to professionalize the disaster response business, developing the global Code of Conduct for disaster relief workers and steering the development of the international Sphere standards, a major NGO and UN collaborative effort to develop universal competence standards in humanitarian assistance. In 1993 Walker founded the annual World Disasters Report which has now become a standard reference text in the humanitarian business.

His recent book, with Feinstein Center Faculty member Dr Dan Maxwell, Shaping the Humanitarian World, provides a robust history of humanitarianism linked to an inquiry into its future as a global venture.

At the Feinstein Intentional Center Walker was actively involved in research examining the future global drivers of humanitarian crises, the effectiveness of international humanitarian systems and the creation of international professional accreditation systems.

Dr. Walker has been a Senior Research Fellow with the UK government’s aid program and sits on the board of a number of NGOs and academic journals. Dr. Walker is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

11 a.m. Tour of Eden Hall
Noon Lunch
1 p.m. Return to Main Campus

Conference Fees

Member Non Member Student
Full Conference $150 $200 $75
One Day $125 $150 $50
Half Day $125 $150 $50

Conference Hotel Information

Rates Expire October 4

Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh East Liberty
123 North Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA  15206

Room Rate:  $135 (Includes wifi)
Valet Parking ($10 – discounted from $20)

ROOM LINK:  IDEC Interior Design Educator Council
Note: The link is prepopulated with the dates October. 25-27.  To change dates, click on the Change Search tab)

OR CALL #412-665-0555
OR reservations department at 1-877-8INDIGO
Block Code is IDE, and the group is IDEC Interior Design Educators Council.