IDEC South Regional Conference
October 20th – 21st, 2023
Atlanta, GA


SCAD Atlanta

Pre-Conferencing Event

Conference Schedule

Pre-Conferencing Event

6:00-9:00 PM     Informal Networking

@ Host hotel: Kimpton’s “The Shane” Hotel

Either the Hartley or the Aveline bar (TBD)

1340 W. Peachtree St.

Atlanta, GA 30309


Friday, October 20, Day 1

8:00-8:30 AM    Check-in

SCAD Atlanta Forty event space

40 SCAD Way NW

Atlanta, GA 30309

0.4 miles from Kimpton Shane


Morning: Connections and Influences


8:30 AM              Continental Breakfast at SCAD Forty event space (hosted by sponsor)


9:00 AM              Introduction: Tony Purvis, Associate Chair of the Department of Interior Design (SCAD

Forty event space)


9:10 AM              Welcome: Andrea Johnson, Associate Dean of the School of Building Arts


9:20 AM              Keynote Speaker: Alexis Abramson, Ph.D., Specialist in Aging (introduction by sponsor)


Connections and Influences

Dr. Alexis Abramson is a leading expert in Gerontology, with a specific focus on longevity, caregiving, and fraud prevention. Abramson received a Doctorate in Gerontology from the prestigious University of Southern California and was trained in Cybersecurity Fraud Prevention at Harvard University. Her sought-after insight and experience have led her worldwide as an inspiring speaker, author, spokesperson, corporate trainer, consultant, and entrepreneur. Dr. Alexis is well-known as an Emmy and Gracie award-winning journalist who has appeared frequently as an on-air expert for NBC’s Today show, CNN, CBS, FOX, MSNBC and many other media outlets. Dr. Alexis is the recipient of numerous professional accolades, including Working Woman Magazine’s General Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, Atlanta Small Business’ Person of the Year Award, 40 Under 40 Award, American Society of Aging’s Outstanding Business Award, and many others.


10:20 AM           Break


10:30 AM           Guided Walking Tour of SCAD Atlanta campus points of interest ending at main

building for lunch.


Description forthcoming. To include the new SCAD 44 and 45 buildings, SCAD Fash museum with current exhibitions, and Dept. of Interior Design. [Potentially also the Digital Media Center for the Volume extended reality film/tv set and Studio A (tv set designed by interior design students) if time and transportation allow. This could also instead be a potential choice for a post-wrap up Saturday event.] End at The Hub dining hall adjacent to the Dept of Interior Design in the Main Atlanta campus building.


12:15 PM            Lunch at the Hub dining hall


*Vendor mall open (Training Room 3/Room 258)

*Connectivity Lounge open noon to 4pm (Resource Room 254)

*Poster presentations open (Room TBD)


Poster Presentations

SODR Global Perceptions of Space: The interior designer’s role Erica Bartels &

Ansley Chloe Elliott

Interior designers can employ proxemic data as it relates to cultural dimensions of global populations in order to design for enhanced inclusivity in commercial space plans.
SODR Exploring Barriers to Creative Scholarship Output in Interior Design Education Anna Ruth Gatlin This poster explores barriers to creative scholarship generation and submission.
SOTL Enhancing Experiential Learning Through Collaborative Studio Kyoungim Park &

Selena Nawrocki


Two instructors developed experiential learning activities with building renovation projects for the music department of a university and a regional bowling center within multi-disciplinary collaboration.
SODR Early Grade School Classroom Design and The Prevention of Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) Campbell Shepherdson The Impact of Early Grade School Classroom Design on The Prevention of Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)
SODR Exploring Academic Social Space Design for College Students Who Have Experienced Trauma Anna Ellis The purpose of this research is to investigate the spatial and design needs of college students who have experienced trauma that may benefit from using academic social spaces.
Design as Idea Activating Public Life Through Street Furniture Allie Miller A sustainable approach to seating design and community engagement in Nashville, TN


1:30 PM              Scholarship Presentation


Track 1A: SOTL (CEU Accredited) Room 256-257

1:30 Connected and Engaged: An Asynchronous Interdisciplinary Service-Learning Framework Beth McGee & Ryan Couillou Interdisciplinary service-learning can be challenging, but this framework helped to support asynchronous group work.
1:50 Enhancing Knowledge of Provincial Codes/Regulations within International Design Projects Selena Nawrocki & Kyoungim Park This study is focused on enhancing students’ international perspective and understanding of cultural diversities.
2:10 Student Outcomes CIDA Standard 4 Global Context for Programming Phase of Studio Courses Johnnifer Brown The purpose of this research is to align CIDA’s Global Context 4 with a longitudinal study focus on Programming in a Studio Course.


Track 1B:  SODR (CEU Accredited) Room 259

1:30 The Effects of Game-Based Learning on Collaboration in a Design Studio: An Empirical Study Ying Yan As a case study in game-based learning, specifically educational escape rooms, this presentation will offer conference attendees an opportunity to explore the potential of GBL to enhance collaboration and improve learning outcomes in interior design education.
1:50 Tales from two cities in Artificial Intelligence implementation in design courses Daniel Ronderos-López & Nicolas Pinzón AI implementation in design courses in two different contexts.
2:10 Rolling the Dice on Good Design: adding chance to the assignment parameters Laurl Self Adding analog gamification and controlled chance in an interior design project provides stronger engagement, positive risk-taking, and challenge for the Generation Z undergraduate.


2:30 PM              Break/vendor mall open


2:50 PM              Scholarship Presentation



Track 2A:  SOTL (CEU Accredited) Room 256-257

2:50 Impact of residence hall design on mental health and wellbeing of students in India. Riya Garg & Ricardo B Navarro Students’ mental health and overall well-being are significantly impacted by the built environment of residence halls.
3:10 Creating a better living environment for children with ASD Georges Fares The presentation will focus on the underrepresentation of individuals with autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the planning and designing of interior and architectural spaces, and the need to address their unique needs through adaptable design solutions, highlighting theories such as therapeutic Environment theory, Privacy and control Theory, and Environmental Preference Theory, and presenting a prototype of a modular and adaptive system designed to positively influence the behaviors of individuals with ASD.
3:30 Adapt the Educational Environment for Autistic Children’s Social and Emotional Needs. Joyce Serrano & Ricardo B Navarro The research focused on how interior design can support autistic children’s behavioral, social, and emotional challenges within the environment of public schools in Ecuador.


Track 2B: SODR (CEU Accredited) Room 259

2:50 The Seamour and Gerte Shavin House: A glimpse of Wright through his correspondence Jessica Etheredge & Dana Moody This paper uses these primary resources to explore the creation of an architectural landmark and the bonding relationship between the Shavins and Frank Lloyd Wright.
3:10 Supporting Handloom Weavers of India: Design to Improve the Workspace of Handloom Centers Shravya Nambiar  & Mary Kerdasha & Ricardo B Navarro


This thesis focuses on how the built environment could help support the unorganized sector of handloom weaving by improving the physical setting in which traditional weavers of India work.
3:30 Therapeutic Waters: Exploring Design Elements of Scandinavian Spas Sabrina Tattersfield Examining the Modern Scandinavian Spa’s therapeutic water rituals and its effects on individuals’ well-being.


3:50 PM              Break/Special Session 1 attendees walk back to SCAD Forty event space (shuttle

available); Special Session 2 attendees stay in Dept. of Interior Design


4:00 PM              Special Session 1 (all attendees):  Virtual Reality (VR) in the classroom and practice

(SCAD Forty event space)

3 Person Panel

  1. Peili Wang, SCAD Atlanta
  2. Professor from a second south region university (TBD)
  3. Practitioner (Gensler) (TBD)


4:00 PM              Special Session 2: Student Activity: Design Enlightenment Challenge with Bea Pila.

Connectivity Lounge/Room 254 (resource Room 254) (4 PM – 5:30 PM).


4:45 PM              Wrap up by Tony Purvis/Jerome Gomez, IDEC South Region Chair (SCAD Forty event



5:00 PM              End of formal day


5:15 PM              Educator attendees leave SCAD Forty for Progressive happy hour/Atlanta Design Festival

show homes tour

Details TBD

Two locations with hors d’oeuvres and cocktail/wine/beer/iced tea/water


5:30 PM              ADF Show home location one.


6:15 PM              Travel to next home


6:30 PM              ADF Show home location two.


7:15 PM              Return to The Shane hotel


7:30 PM              Dinner on your own in the hotel or at nearby midtown restaurant

Saturday, October 21, Day 2


8:00-8:30 AM    Check-in

SCAD Atlanta Forty-five theater pre-function space

1470 Spring Street NW

Atlanta, GA 30309

0.4 miles from Kimpton Shane

                             Parking details to be provided


Morning: Connections and Influences


8:00 AM              Continental Breakfast at SCAD SHOW pre-function space (hosted by sponsor)


8:30 AM              2nd Day Welcome and Introduction to Guest Speaker: Jerome Gomez, IDEC South Region Chair


8:40 AM              Guest Speaker: Bea Pila Specializing in the Design Enlightenment Method.


9:00 AM              Special Session 3 (all educator attendees):  Best Practices in the Classroom (SCAD


3 Person Panel

  1. Tony Purvis, SCAD Atlanta (TBD)
  2. Professor from a second south region university (TBD)
  3. Professor from a third south region university (TBD)


9:45 AM              Break


10:00 AM           South Region Annual Business Meeting (SCAD SHOW)


10:40 AM           Break/Walk to SCAD Forty Event Space


11:00 AM           LUNCH and LEARN CEU by Sponsor (TBD) (SCAD Forty Event space)


12:00 PM            Break/Walk to Interior Design Department

*Vendor mall open (Training Room 3/Room 258)

*Connectivity Lounge open noon to 4pm (Resource Room 254)



12:20 PM            Scholarship Presentation


Track 3A:  SODR Room 256-257

12:20 Supporting the Social Health of Millennials & Gen Zs in the US Through Retail Environments Apurva Gupta & Ricardo B Navarro The research aims to improve the social health of Millennial and Gen Z consumers in the United States through an evolved the brick-and-mortar boutique experience.
12:40 Individualized Interior Programming for Skill-Building Homescapes for Adolescents with ASD Funmi  Ade-Ojo Developing Individualized Interior Design Programming for Skill-Building Homescapes for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
1:00 Designing the Next Food Hall for Picky Eaters to Promote Trying New Food Emily Svenningsen


To Be Provided


Track 3B: Design as Art Room 259

12:20 Tribute to Willow Oak Tree (circa 1900 – 2016) Tad Gloeckler How can art work honor a tree?
12:40 Pentamental Anna Ruth Gatlin Summary This autoethnographic analogue collage explores the interconnected identities, influences, and expectations of academic working mothers, hiding and revealing pentimento that forms a landscape.
1:00 Semiotic of Space: The Shape of Faith Anna Ruth Gatlin This creative scholarship uses semiotics as a lens for analyzing pen sketches depicting three Presbyterian churches built across three different centuries in three different styles.


1:20                     Break


1:30 PM              Scholarship Presentation


Track 4A:  SODR  Room 256-257

1:30 Addressing the Needs of Cancer Patient Support Systems within Oncology Unit Designs Paige Ofield & Sarah Boehm Addressing the Needs of Cancer Patient Support Systems within Oncology Unit Designs
1:50 Beyond the ADA: Enhancing Airport Experience for Individuals with Intellectual Disability Nehal Desai & Ricardo B Navarro The study investigates the needs and barriers individuals with intellectual disability face in relation to airports and develops a framework which can assist existing airports in meeting their unique needs.
2:10 Exploring New Medical Workplace Design: Promoting Wellness and Reducing Job Burnout Lu Sui & Thea Scott-Fundling How the interior design practice in the workplace for medical care staff to prevent job burnout and promote well-being.






Track 4B: SOTL Room 259

1:30   Exploring the Impact of Lighting and Furniture in Higher Education Classroom Environments Robert McDonald Investing in updated facilities and classroom design can significantly enhance student well-being, perceptions, and performance in higher education, as highlighted by a recent two-part study examining the effects of classroom environments on students’ mental well-being, learning performance, and perceptions of their learning experience, which found that classroom lighting, temperature, daylight, and visibility significantly impacted students’ perceived learning performance, and it is crucial for universities to prioritize creating comfortable, collaborative environments that promote student success by considering the impact of classroom environments on students in higher education when making decisions about infrastructure development.
1:50   Innovative Diverse Historical Discoveries within the Commercial Design Industry Johnnifer Brown Using innovative ways to discovery a diverse mixture of commercial designers towards a commercial project.
2:10   Changemaking: Connecting Interior Design & Social Impact Anna Ruth Gatlin Using an interdisciplinary study abroad trip as a case study, questions about integrating design and philanthropy/nonprofit studies in a studio course are explored.


2:30 PM              Break/vendor mall open


2:50 PM              Scholarship Presentation




Track 5A: CIDA Session Room 256-257

2:50 Special CIDA Session Megan Scanlan Discussion on Professional Standards and Work Display with CIDA site visitors, Commissioners, and Coordinators. The presentation will include a Professional Standard review with Megan Scanlan and a Q&A with Site Visitors, Commissioners, and recently accredited Colleges and University Coordinators on their student work displays.


Track 5B: Panel Discussion Room 259

2:50 HCD-Mapping MATRIX-4-INTERIOR DESIGN Panel Discussion Christine Wacta & Katie Snyder


This proposal focuses on the development of a Geoscience enabled application that facilitates advance analysis of human habitus through the intersection of artificial Intelligence with machine learning and automated robotic sensors and results in the spatialization of intangible human emotions, as they emerge in the daily interaction within the built environment to serve as a System of information that supports Human Centered Design and way-finding in Interior Design.


3:50 PM              Closing remarks – Tony Purvis (Room 256-257)


4:00 PM              Day Two ends