2022 Midwest Regional Conference


Columbia College

Chicago, IL
Registration is Closed


Shift your schedule to commit to coming to Chi-town October 20-21 for two full days for an ‎opportunity to interact with colleagues and to share and discuss positive change that we have ‎discovered in our teaching, research and service.‎

Shift to an in-person, on site conference hosted by Columbia College in Chicago, IL with tours and ‎presentations from local sites, vendors and design professionals. We invite presentations around ‎speculative and developmental ideas on the topics of our history and our future as designers and ‎educators. The committee encourages positive engagements for participants and welcomes all ‎topics.‎

Shift in conference encourages scholars with varying experiences (we are positive towards first ‎time presenters). Presentations reflecting innovative teaching approaches or methods, design ‎research and professional/creative work related to interior design are also welcome. Abstracts ‎presentations may be in the form of presentations, panels, or posters, and may be completed by ‎one or multiple authors.‎

October 20-21, 2022
Main Meeting Location: Columbia College

Columbia College St. Center,
754 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

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

The conference invites individuals (scholars, graduate students, and undergraduate students) to submit abstracts that contribute to the body of knowledge of interior design and interior design education. Scholarship topics may be based on pedagogy, history, theory, design practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and case studies, representing qualitative and quantitative research. Presentations reflecting innovative teaching approaches or methods and professional/creative work related to interior design are also welcome. Abstract presentations may be in the form of a presentation or panel and may be completed by one or multiple authors.

While abstracts are welcome on all topics related to the field of interior design, this conference encourages submissions that support ideas that address the conference theme.

Conference Schedule

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.

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8:15 – 9:00 am

Registration + Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 am

Interactive Event with Univ. of Kentucky

10:00 – 10:15 am


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


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


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


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)


Students (Member/Non-Member)

Hotel information

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Hotel concierge talking on the phone at the front desk
Hotel Suggestions:

Le Meridien Essex Chicago (500 ft | est. 2 minute walk)
800 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Hilton Chicago (0.2 miles | est. 3-4 minute walk)
720 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

Hotel Blackstone (0.2 miles | 3-4 minute walk)
636 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Thank you to IDEC Sponsors and Partners

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