2019 Pacific West Regional Conference

Social Activism in Interior Design Education

October 17-18

Los Angeles, California

Join us in Los Angeles where the spirit of activism, civic engagement, and social responsibility are common themes among small businesses and rising industries.  We will engage with designers, educators, and collaborators whose stories are the same:  Social impact is at the center of their mission.

This conference invites scholarship and dialogue around the following questions:

  1. As design educators, how do we engage our students to design through activism?
  2. How does interior design affect positive change in our communities?
  3. What is the role of interior design in addressing contemporary issues such as civic engagement, civility, climate change, community activism, community building, cross discipline, cultural identity, environment, gender issues, human services, health resources, immigration, inclusion, native social responsibility, prejudice, rural community equity, safety, sustainability?
  4. What are best practices and lessons learned from studio and community projects? What is the student learning experience in working on such projects?

Tentative Conference Schedule

Thursday, October 17

8:30 am – 9:00 am Coffee/Tea Check-in
CSUN Sequoia Hall
9:00 am – 10:00 am Keynote Speaker
10:00 am – 10:15 am Break Poster Session
Evaluation of the Public Library Design: Heritage Park Regional Library
Renee Meyer & Miyoung Hong, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer at Indiana University Bloomington
CSUN Sequoia Hall
10:15 am – 10:45 am Abstract Presentation
Leveraging Education: Lesson learned through remote practices in a foreign country with proxy help
Oriana Gil Perez
CSUN seminar room
10:45 am – 11:15 am Creative Scholarship
Fiji 101: Building Materials and Components
Anna Ruth Gatlin
CSUN seminar room
11:15 am – 11:45 am Abstract Presentation
The Correlation between Public School Teacher Absences and Opinions of the Classroom Interior Lighting
Alana Pulay
CSUN seminar room
11:45 am – 12:15 pm Abstract Presentation
Project-Based Learning: A Multidisciplinary Collaboration Between Freshmen and Capstone Students
Silvana Polgar
CSUN seminar room
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Sponsored Lunch
CSUN Sequoia Hall
1:15 pm – 1:45 pm Abstract Presentation
Senior Capstone for Social Action: Lessons Learned from Capstone Studios for Community-Engaged Design
Travis Hicks
CSUN seminar room
1:45 pm – 2:30 pm Panel Discussion
CSUN seminar room
2:30 pm – 5:00 pm Walking Tour – Field Trip
5:00 pm Dinner on your own


Friday, October 18

9:00 am – 9:30 am Sponsored Light Breakfast
CSUN Sequoia Hall
9:30 am – 10:00 am Creative Scholarship
The Colors of Grief: A Quilt
Anna Ruth Gatlin
CSUN seminar room
10:00 am – 10:30 am Abstract Presentation
From fear to hope: a collaborative approach to designing for homeless people
Olivier Vallerand
CSUN seminar room
10:30 am – 11:00 am Pacific West Regional Meeting
CSUN seminar room
11:00 am – 11:30 am Break
11:30 am Depart for Tours
RSVP required


Conference Fees

Member Non-Member Student (Member) Student (Non-Member)
Full Conference $175 $325 $60 $90
One Day $100 $275 $60 $90

Local Hotels

Hilton Woodland Hills/ Los Angeles
6360 Canoga Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills
21850 Oxnard St., Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Airtel Plaza Hotel
7277 Valjean Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91406

Conference Sponsors