IDEC Midwest Regional Conference
October 20th – 21st, 2022
Chicago, IL


Columbia College
Student Center
754 South Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

Conference Hotel:
No official conference rooms; suggested options for hotels near Columbia

  • Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan Ave | 0.2 mi distance | est. 3 to 4 min. walk)
  • Hotel Blackstone (636 S. Michigan Ave | 0.2 mi distance | est. 3 to 4 min. walk )
  • Le Meridian Essex Chicago (800 S. Michigan Ave | 500 ft distance | est. 2 min. walk )

NOTE: Parking options will vary, consider using the app SpotHero to help find parking.

Registration Cost:
$145 for Members & Non-Members
$75 for Graduate Student Members & Non-Members

Deadline to Register:
Wednesday, October 19th, 2022


Midwest Regional Conference Agenda:
A total of 22 presentations; 20 contributing toward CEU credits.  Please note that to obtain a CEU credit you must stay for all three (3) presentations within a single session OR a full session with one (1) panel presentation.


8:15 – 9:00 am Registration + Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00 am Interactive Event with Univ. of Kentucky
10:00 – 10:15 am Break
10:15 – 11:25 am


Session 1A

Where have all the students gone? An investigation into studio culture
Lynette Panarelli, Jordana Psiloyenis

A Case Study of 4th Year Studio: On the Fringe of Interior Design
Jill Lahrmer

Breaking Down Preconceived Notions and Preparing Interior Design Students For a Studio-Based Education
Meghan Hendrickson

10:15 – 11:15 am


Session 1B

Panel: Analyzing Strategies for Teaching Building Codes
Dana Vaux, Connie Dyar, Bryan Orthel

11:25 – 12:35 pm


Session 2A

IEQ Factors in Learning: A qualitative analysis of the Impact of Acoustics on Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Michael Lekan-Kehinde, Abimbola Asojo, B. Sanborn

Enhancing Socio-emotional Development of Children in Learning Environments by Design
Sahand Abbasi, Ellie Nahirafee

Undergraduate Students’ Sensory Experiences in Open Spaces of Higher Education
Yongyeon Cho

11:25 – 12:25 pm


Session 2B

Panel: (Re)balancing Empathy: (Re)shifting and (Re)framing Design Thinking
Kurt Espersen-Peters, Tina Patel, Andrea Sosa Fontaine, Ariane Laxo, and Milagros Zingoni

12:35 – 2:00 pm Lunch / IDEC Midwest Conf. Business Mtg.
2:00 – 3:10 pm


Session 3A

Proficiency Theory: A Primer for Designers Acquiring Higher Levels of Learning
Kevin Woolley

The Benefits of 3D Modeling: Measuring Student Development through SLOs
Georges Fares

Globalization and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
Susan Ray-Degges

2:00 – 3:20 pm


Session 3B

Panel: Finding Opportunities within Constraints: Strategies for Managing Programs in the Current Academic Climate
Amy Roehl, Barbara Anderson, Patrick Lucas, Bryan Orthel, Rene King


3:10 – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 – 4:00 pm Travel to IIDA Headquarters
(Transportation on your own)
4:00 – 5:30 pm IIDA visit/tour/cocktail hour IIDA HQ | 111 E. Wacker Dr. Suite #222, Chicago, IL 60601
5:30 pm Dinner on your own


8:15  – 9:30 am Breakfast & Student Center Tour with Dave Broz
9:30 – 9:45 am Break
9:45 – 10:15 am Poster Q+A: Integrating Empathy: Designing a Makerspace with Rural Community Partners ­
Miyoung Hong, Gabrielle Pierson, Hunter Kaiser
10:15 – 11:25 am Session 4A

Interior and Environmental Design for Reducing Aggressive Behavior among Residents of Juvenile Detention Centers
Ellie Nahirafee, Sahand Abbasi

Inhabiting the “Margin” Through Zines, Radical Tools for Student Empathy and Introspection
Aanya Chugh

Sustainable Biophilic Student Housing Contributes to Academic Success and Improved Mental Health
Susan Ray-Degges, Jill Mueller, Victoria Nelson, Amy Stauffenecker

10:15 – 11:25 am


Session 4B

New Domestics TV: Film, Domesticity and Interior Design Research
Evan Pavka

Peter Dohmen: Colorful Reflections thru Time and Space
Stephanie Zollinger

A Cabin In The Woods (Creative Scholarship)
Yongyeon Cho

10:15 – 11:25 am


Session 4C

 Let’s Make Toast!
Connie Dyar, Dana Vaux

“What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?”
Ahna Packard, Rebecca Hermance

Local or National? Sense of Community Advertising Effect in Virtual Reality (VR)
Kyoungmee “Kate” Byun, Yunmi Choi

11:25 – 11:30 am Break
11:30 – 12:15 pm Travel to MillerKnoll

Transportation not provided; Note: Please take all items with you, conference attendees will not be returning to Columbia College

12:15 – 1:15 pm Lunch at MillerKnoll MillerKnoll Showroom | 811 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607
1:15 – 2:15 pm Tour of MillerKnoll
2:15 pm – Exploring Fulton Market Area (map provided)