Unpacking Systems

October 9-12

Auburn, Alabama

The fall 2019 south regional conference will unpack how we think, teach, study and execute design. Together, we will ask tough questions and make bold statements about the role of design and designed systems, products and processes in response to the most critical challenges of our time.

Tentative conference schedule

Wednesday, October 9

5:30 pm Soft Welcome Reception + Registration
Piccolo @ AUHCC

Thursday, October 10

8:00 am – 8:30 am Breakfast + Registration
Mell 4th Floor Glass Box
8:30 am – 10:00 am Keynote Event
Mell 4510
10:00 am – 10:20 am Coffee Break
Mell 4th Floor Glass Box
10:20 am – 10:50 am SODR Teaching & Pedagogy – Failure IS an Option: A Failed Faculty Initiative Leads to More Successful Outcomes
Travis Hicks – University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Mell 4550
10:50 am – 11:20 am SODR Teaching & Pedagogy – Unpacking the Credentials of Interior Design Educators: An assessment of Interior Design faculty in the South
Laura Kimball – Radford University, Amy Roehl – Texas Christian University, and Beth Miller – Mississippi State University
Mell 4550
11:20 am – 11:50 am SODR Teaching & Pedagogy – The Influence of Interior Design on Social Behavior and Interaction Public Schools in Dominican Republic
Joscary Perez – Savannah College of Art and Design
Mell 4550
11:50 am – 12:20 pm SODR Design Practice & Process – A Framework for Designing Reassuring Healing Spaces within Care Centers Serving Female Adolescent Victims of Sexual Violence
Billy Austin – Savannah College of Art and Design
Mell 4550
12:20 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch + Poster Presentation
Mell 4510
List of Posters to be Presented:

  • Exploring Self-service Convenience Store Design and Its Potential to Promote Social Connections.Lead Author: Mengling Nie; Secondary Authors: Ricardo Navarro, Ernest Abuin, Sarah Boehm, Paul McGroary – Savannah College of Art and Design
  • How Can Interior Design Support Social Connection in VR Gaming Centers. Lead Author: Wei Wang; Secondary Authors: Catherine Pizzichemi, Christina Gonano, David Nicholas Renshaw, Ricardo Navarro
  • Effects of Spatial Attributes on College Students with Emotional Insecurity. Lead Author: Tian Bao; Secondary Authors: Catherine Pizzichemi, Sarah Boehm, Kenneth Foster, Ricardo Navarro
1st Track – Mell 4550 2nd Track – Mell 4510
1:15 pm – 1:45 pm SODR Design Practice & Process – Healthy by Design: Patient + Caregiver Wellbeing in Pediatric Hematology- Oncology Spaces
Travis Hicks – University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Design as Idea – FRAMED (rapid deployment shelter & replaceable interior liner)
Tad Gloeckler – University of Georgia
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm SODR Design Practice & Process – Designing Educational Facilities for Social Engagement in Adolescent Students
Laura Harris – Capstone Interiors
Design as Idea – Trans·fer·ence: the application of digital methods of making to textile surface design techniques
Felicia Dean – University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2:15 pm – 2:45 pm SODR Design Practice & Process – Space Connectivity in Co-Living Environments Cecilia Sella – Savannah College of Art and Design Design as Interior – The Active Learning Classroom Building: A Not-So-Virtual Tour
Anna Ruth Gatlin – Auburn University
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Coffee Break
Mell 4th Floor Glass Box
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm SOTL Design Practice & Process – Utilizing Systematic Thinking and Application to Integrate Social Justice Advancement Throughout the Design Curriculum
Bonnie Casamassima – Savannah College of Art and Design
Design as Art – Playa Landscape Reflections
Tad Gloeckler – University of Georgia
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm SOTL Design Practice & Process – Rules of Engagement: A Semester Long Approach to Drawing the Life of the City
Michael Chisamore and Pamela Hurley – University of Memphis
Design as Art – Packing the Box to Unpack Sensory Design
Taneshia West Albert – Auburn University
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm SODR Technology – Measuring Students’ Spatial Perception in Virtual Space
Primary: Tonya Miller, Secondary: Catherine Kendall & Eun Young Kim – University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Unpacking Internships: A System of Instruction, Curriculum, and Transformation
Tom Szumlic, MODel – Architecture.Interior Design
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Regional Meeting
Mell 4550
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Return to Hotel
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Sponsored Networking Event
Piccolo @ AUHCC



7:45 am – 8:30 am Breakfast + Registration
Mell 4th Floor Glass Box
8:30 am – 9:20 am SOTL Technology Panel – #RevitWoes: Unpacking Pedagogical Practices and Student Outcomes
Charles Ford – Samford University, Kristin Maki – University of Alabama, and Rick Feines – CAD Training Online (CTO)
Mell 4550
9:20 am – 9:50 am SOTL Design Practice & Process – The Power of Redundancy: Two Proposals for Selma, Alabama
Kevin Moore – Auburn University
Mell 4550
9:50 am – 10:20 am SOTL Technology – Developing an Assessment Framework: Measuring Digital Literacy of Interior Design Students in a Digital Drawing Course
Somang Yang and Taneshia West Albert – Illinois State University
Mell 4550
10:20 am – 10:40 am Coffee Break
Mell 4th Floor Glass Box
10:40 am – 11:10 am SODR History & Theory – Space and Society: The role of mobile media in interior spaces
Melanie Duffey – Auburn University
Mell 4550
11:10 am – 11:40 am SOTL Teaching & Pedagogy – Pop-up Studio: Executing design through a diverse student-led collective
Jessica Etheredge & Dana Moody – University of TN at Chattanooga
Mell 4550
11:40 am – 11:50 am Pecha Kucha – Unpacking and Repacking: A Service Learning Designated Design Studio
Shelby Hicks – Western Carolina University
Mell 4550
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch + Exhibitor’s Tables
Mell 4510
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm Service Project Sponsored by Interface
Off-site. Interface providing transportCircle of Care is an organization that uses proven research to provide education, resources, and support to help families in our local community become stronger, healthier, and happier. Circle of Care is moving into a new building that is in very rough shape and they are relying on 100% donations to build out their space.  We (IDEC members) are going to re-carpet several rooms in this former medical clinic turned Circle of Care office.  The building will provide a safe place for children in difficult home environments as well as education for parents and families that need help getting back on their feet.  Our industry partner, Interface, will provide fun colorful patterns to integrate into each space.  IDEC volunteers can design the flooring they think is best for each area, based on what is available on site. IDEC members who join in this community service project will gain hands-on experience with installation, be provided with transportation by Interface, and receive a thank you gift from Interface!
5:30 pm Arrive back to hotel – Conference concludes

Conference Fees

Full Conference 1 Day
Member $195 $150
Non-Member $350 $300
Student $100 $50



Hotel Accommodations – Must reserve by September 10!

The Hotel at Auburn University
241 South College Street
Auburn, AL 36830

To make a reservation, call 1-800-228-2876 and reference IDEC or register online here.

Parking is available for $5 per day. Weather permitting, attendees may walk from the hotel to the conference location. Parking near the conference site is available for inclement weather and Accessible Parking.