2018 Southwest Regional Conference

Design Thinking: Illuminate, Collaborate, Evaluate, Innovate

Entrance to the Central Arkansas library system

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

Little Rock, AR

Welcome to the 2018 IDEC SW Regional Conference. We have packed the conference into two full days. We hope that you will support each of the presenters by attending the full conference and networking with those who attend. Please let us know if you have any question.

October 25-26, 2018

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
401 President Clinton Ave,
Little Rock, AR 72201

Registration Deadline : Passed

Registration Deadline: October 19

Conference Schedule

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9:00 AM

Check- In

9:30-9:45 am

Welcome by Kristi Gaines

9:45-10:15 am

Presentation #1: Needle in a Haystack: The Search for Web-based Video Resources for An Interior Design Course
Presented by: Amy Roehl

10:15-10:45 am

Presentation #2: Modeling Serendipity in the Design Studio: A Description of ‘Space Scrabble’ and Other Innovative Teaching Strategies.
Presented by: Matthew Higgins

10:45-11:15 am

Posters and Break

SnacksPoster #1 – Diffusion of innovation among older adults: A framework of gerontechnology acceptance for aging-in-place
Presented by: Gabriela Pereira, Mihyun Kang

Poster #2 – STAYING POWER: Millennial Travel Behavior, Instagram use, and Sustainable Hotel Design
Presented by: Erin Colwell

Poster #3 Wayfinding Considerations for People with Colorblindness
Presented by: Mahnaz Ensafi

Poster #4 An Environmental Design to Improve Children’s Wellbeing by Providing them Personal Space
Presented by: Saman Jamshidi & Seyedehnastaran Hashemi

Poster #5 A Sustainable approach for designing long-term facilities: Improving the quality of life among elderly
Presented by: Sahand Abbasi & Fares Alsaygh

11:15 am

Lunch on your own

12:30 pm

Meet at Clinton Presidential Library

1:45 pm

Return to Butler Center

2:00-2:30 pm

Presentation #3 – Design Thinking: A Longitudinal Evaluation Of Work Dispositions And Whole Person Development In Generation Y Design Interns
Presented by: Sally Ann Swearingen, Mitzi Perritt, Leisha Bridwell, & Ray Darville

2:30-3:00 pm

Presentation #4 – Workplace Exposures to Health Risk Factors in the United States: Race, gender, and occupation based disparities
Presented by: Suchismita Bhattacharjee & Jagdish Khubchandani

3:00-3:30 pm

Presentation #5-From Process to Practice
Presented by: Marla Emory & Tom Futrell

3:30-4:00 pm

Break and Poster Presentations – Snacks

Poster #6 – A Natural Outdoor Environment for Children to Improve their Educational, Psychological, and Physiological State
Presented by: Seyedehnastaran Hashemi

Poster #7 – A Framework to Implement Biophillic Design in Millennial Workspaces
Presented by: Dalal Alaqeel & Suchismita Bhattacharjee

Poster #8 Improving physical activities for visual impaired people by design
Presented by: Homa Pesarakli

Poster #9 Interactive spaces: Improving customers’ satisfaction by interaction design in restaurant
Presented by: Elnaz Nahirafee

4:00-4:30 pm

Presentation #6-Medical-Surgical Patient Room: An Evidence-Based Design Approach to Reduce Stress, Anxiety, and Pain Among Inpatients Through Physical Environment
Presented by: Saman Jamshidi & Jan Parker

4:30-5:00 pm

Presentation #7-Rethinking the Design of Primary Care to Encourage Participation in Preventative Care
Presented by: Melinda Anderson-Guerrero & Debajyoti Pati

5:00- 5:30 p.m.

Presentation #8-Looking Back and Looking Forward: Designing with Memory and Place
Presented by: Michael Chisamore

5:30-7:00 p.m.

Tour of Cromwell in the New East End Development

Reception at the Mixing Room and tour of Paint Factory building by Cromwell Architects.

9:00 AM

Check- In

9:15 am

Housekeeping & Welcome Back: Kristi & Sarah

9:30-10:00 am

Presentation #9-Engaging Regional Architectural History Through Interior Design And Color: A Case Study of Creative Collaboration for an Architect’s Retrospective Exhibit
Presented by: Nadya Kozinets

10:00-10:30 am

Presentation #10-Default: The Role of Traditions, Standards, and Legislation
Presented by: Jennifer Webb

10:30-11:00 am


11:00-11:30 am

Presentation #11-Design Preparation for the Emergence of Nature Schools
Presented by: Melinda Anderson-Guerrero & Kristi Gaines


Presentation #12-Collaboration, Empathy, and Narrative Process
Presented by: Jennifer Barker, Jenna Thompson & Pam Hurley

12:00-1:00 pm

Lunch and Speaker
Big Little Design: Design thinking & how we think about design
Presented by: Toni Gocke Wyre

1:00-2:00 pm

Creative Scholarship Presentations

Creative #1 The Agency Project
Presented by: Alex Goldberg

Creative #2 Office Animal: Exploring the Untapped Market of Furniture Design for a Pet Friendly Office Environment
Presented by: Amy Jacobson-Peters

Creative #3 A Human Centered Design Project: A multi-cultural and cross discipline design thinking exercise.
Presented by: Amy Cox

Creative #4 A Modern Approach to the Spanish Courtyard Home
Presented by: Kristi Gaines

Creative #5 Recycled Outdoor Furniture Prototypes and the Impact of Design for the Environment (DfE)
Presented by: LaPorchia Davis, Jasper Johnson

2:00-2:30 pm

Presentation #13-Experiential Learning Theory application for creating user-centric learning through screen/pattern interventions in an immersive studio project
Presented by: Natalie Ellis, Mia Kile & Aron Tempkin

2:30-3:00 pm

Presentation #14-From Parking Lot to Play Surface: An Interdisciplinary Environmental Graphics Service Learning Project
Presented by: Amy Roehl, David Elizalde & Albert Marichal

3:00-3:30 pm

Presentation #15-An Exploratory Study Comparing Multidisciplinary Group Dynamics between a Hackathon and a Design Charrette.
Presented by: Alana Pulay

3:30-3:45 pm

Voting on Presentation/Break

3:45-4:15 pm

Business meeting – Kristi Gaines

4:15-5:00 pm

Wrap up and Awards – Kristi Gaines


The entrance to a Marriott Residence Inn hotel in the city
Residence Inn by Marriott

219 River Market Ave.,
Little Rock, AR
Call Hotel Directly: 501-376-7200
Group Name: IDEC- Interior Design Educator Council

Rate:  $117/ night and $10 for parking per day
Deadline: September 24, 2018