2023 East Regional Conference

Making Interiors

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Boston, MA


What does it mean to make interiors today? Historically, the relationship between materials and fabrication was intimately tied to place. Today, advancements in technology have radically changed production, fabrication, and manufacturing, as well as the notion of locale. Building information modeling has provided a means for collaborative and data-driven design. And virtual reality, augmented reality, and the metaverse promise unlimited potential for the design of spaces of virtual interactions. At the same time, the need for making (and re-making) the socio-economic sphere has never been greater, with advocates calling for a more representative profession that serves a diverse set of clients in a more equitable manner.

The conference will be held at the Wentworth Institute of Technology on October 5-7, 2023. Wentworth’s location in the Fenway neighborhood of central Boston provides a fantastic setting for a gathering of scholars and design professionals to discuss current issues of Interior Design education and Interior Design discipline.

The conference invites individuals (scholars, industry partners, and graduate 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 and theory, design practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, case studies and may represent either or both 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.

October 5-7, 2023
Hosted By: Wentworth Institute of Technology

Wentworth Institute of Technology, Ira Allen Building
540 Parker Street, Boston, MA 02115
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Call for Abstracts is closed

The deadline is now closed. Thank you for your interest. IDEC HQ will contact those who submitted abstracts shortly.

Deadline for the 2023 Regional Conference is closed
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Registration is now closedOctober 04, 2023

How to Submit

Submission Ethics:

Scholarship submissions must be the original work of the author or authors. Existing precedent work by the author and others that directly influenced the Scholarship should be acknowledged in the submission. Scholarships previously published or presented must be significantly built upon for consideration. Submissions found in violation of this policy will be disqualified from review. For questions, please contact: Cotter Christian at cotter@newschool.edu


Prepare an abstract of no more than 500 words (do not include title and references in word count) for either a presentation in the category of Scholarship of Design Research (SODR), Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), Panel (P), or Poster (PST), or CS Creative Scholarship, and Open Track.

Suggested content for submission is below:
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (new)
  • History & Theory
  • Technology
  • Globalism & Multiculturalism
  • Pedagogy
  • Practice
  • Social & Environmental Impact
  • Open Track

DO NOT include, title, author names (s), or school affiliations (s) within the body of the abstract.

DO NOT include title, author names(s), or school affiliations(s) within the body of the abstract.

Presentations Category

Presentations provide a forum for the formal presentation of scholarly work. Presentations are typically 20- 25 minutes in length, followed by 5-10 minutes of discussion for a total time of approximately 30 minutes. This category is best suited for a Scholarship that has reached a minimum standard of preliminary conclusions and implications that can be shared with the audience.

Poster (PST)

Poster abstracts provide a forum for presenting material suitable to a graphic format or work that has not yet reached final conclusions. Posters will be presented in a shared setting, allowing the presenter to speak one on one with attendees. Note that this category is open for all submissions.

Abstracts submitted in this category must include a description of/or information concerning the proposed graphic presentation (medium, format, etc.). The poster must be 36″ H X 42″ W. Posters will be presented in an open forum at a designated time(s) during the conference. At least one presenter must be present during the designated time slot. Therefore, only one poster submission per person will be accepted. Please note that any abstract submitted in the poster category (except Undergraduate Student Posters), regardless of SOTL, SODR, or Creative Scholarship, must have an appendix.


Do not use format commands.


Must conform to the current Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association or The Chicago Manual of Style. You are limited to only five references.


Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) abstracts must include project outline/statement or student handouts—please remove author name(s) and affiliation(s). These materials will be submitted as a single PDF file. Supplemental materials that reinforce the content of a SODR abstract may be submitted. A maximum of six images/graphs/tables and alike can be submitted as a single PDF file.

Image file format

All images (portrait or landscape) should be 3.25″ wide, maximum height of 4.5″. Graphs or tables cannot exceed a maximum of 6.75″ wide and 4.5″ high and should be submitted as grayscale.

Image quality: You are responsible for the quality of your published images. Please include only those illustrations necessary for a complete understanding of the submission.

Abstract Online Submission Requirements

All regional conference abstracts will be uploaded to the IDEC website to complete the review process quickly and efficiently. In addition, IDEC will be working with IDCEC to obtain CEU credits for the presentations. The following requirements will help formulate your submission for this online process.

  1. Contact Author Information
  2. Abbreviated Bibliography: Providing a brief biographical overview of the contact author (100 word maximum) – this is required for CEU credits to be obtained through IDCEC and offered during the regional conference.
  3. Presentation Format: Presentation, Panel, Poster
  4. Presentation Category: Scholarship of Design Research (SoDR), Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), Panel (P) or Poster (PS), Creative Scholarship (CS).
  5. Primary Content Area: (Select one) History and Theory, Sustainability, Teaching and Pedagogy, Design Practice and Process, Technology, Globalism, and Multi-Culturalism
  6. Title of Abstract: Do not include author(s) name(s) or school affiliation
  7. Abstract: 500-word (maximum); Paste text of abstract into space provided in submission system. System will not accept any abstract exceeding 500 words.
  8. References: Paste text of up to five references in space provided in submission system. Submission must have at least one reference.
  9. Appendix: (required for SOTL abstracts) submitted as a single PDF file as indicated in submission system
  10. Listing of authors as you would like printed in the proceedings
  11. Is the lead author a student? Students who are not members of IDEC must submit a PDF to include a signed statement on the school’s letterhead verifying the student’s status to the IDEC office.
  12. Summary of Abstract: Provide a 25 word summary of the abstract

Presentation format

  1. Accepted SoTL, SoDR & CR presentations are limited to 20 minutes, with 10 minutes following for topic WiFi may not be available at the presentation location.
  2. Accepted Posters (Author must be present with their posters on display) will be presented with an opportunity for discussion during a scheduled poster session. Consider the legibility of the poster from a six-foot distance.
  3. Accepted Panel discussions are 55 minutes in length


Payment by credit card only. Payments by credit card will be made online through the online submission system. Submission fees are non-refundable.

IDEC members: First two submissions free, $40 for third submission

Non-members: $40.00 for each submission

Non-Member Graduate Students**: $15.00 for each submission

** Each Graduate Student submission must include a statement
on the school’s letterhead to verify status, signed by an Interior Design faculty
or a representative of the program. This should be added to your abstract submission form in the appropriate field.

Conference Schedule

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2:00pm – 2:30pm

Conference Registration

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Welcome & Introductions

3:00pm – 4:00pm

SESSION A: creative scholarship
Moderated by: Dr. Sedef Doganer, Dean, School of Architecture & Design, Wentworth

Material Matters: Learning Through Making in the Classroom and Practice
Ingrid Schmidt, Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky

Why Knit: Digital Machine Knitting in Interior Design
Jennifer Meakins, Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky
Krissi Riewe Stevenson, Assistant Professor, Kent State University

Ira Allen Building
Wentworth Institute of Technology
540 Parker Street Boston, MA 02215

4:00pm – 4:15pm


4:15pm – 5:00pm


Reconsidering the role of the Period Room
Nadia Elrokhsy, Associate Professor of Ecological Design, Parsons School of Design, The New School University
Adeboyega Adefope Assistant Professor, Interiors, Objects, and Technology, Parsons School of Design, The New School University

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Andrew Witt, Associate Professor in Practice of Architecture & Director of the Master in Design Engineering Program, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

The Center for Engineering, Innovation and Sciences (CEIS) Building Wentworth Institute of Technology
550 Parker Street
Boston, MA 02115

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Welcome Reception
Wentworth Accelerate open for tours

9:00am –  9:30am

Sponsored by Wentworth School of Architecture and Design

9:30am – 11:30am

SESSION B: Making + New Technologies
Moderated by: Kelly Hutzell Associate Dean, School of Architecture & Design, Wentworth

Outpainting: Analyzing AI Interpretations of Interior Domesticity
Jason Shields, Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba 

Lessons from Making Full-Scale Site-Specific Interior Interventions
William Mangold, Assistant Professor, Drexel University

Bridging the gap: Connecting Design Studio and Lecture Classes for More Effective Learning
Lynette Panarelli Associate Professor, Wentworth Institute of Technology
Sylvia DeLuca Assistant Professor, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Scanned Realities: Reinterpreting Significant Interior Environments into VR Simulations
Jason Shields Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba

11:30am – 1:00pm

Sponsored by ASID New England

Poster Presentation: The impact of biophilic design on human health and well-being, a study of healthcare, educational, and workplace spaces.
Fullah Hazazi, PhD Student, University of Minnesota
Abimbola Asojo, Professor of Interior Design, University of Minnesota

1:00pm – 3:00pm

SESSION C: Making + Pedagogy
Moderated by: Cotter Christian, Associate Dean, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons School of Design

Interdisciplinary and Team-Based Learning in the Interior Design Studio
Anna Gitelman, Associate Professor, Suffolk University

Making Interiors: From Macro to Micro, An Interdisciplinary Exploration
Sylvia DeLuca, Assistant Professor, Wentworth Institute of Technology
Jordana Psiloyenis, Assistant Professor, Queens University of Charlotte

The Yellow Wallpaper: Critical Reading for Empathy in the Design Studio
Jennifer Meakins, Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky

Technē: Reviving Studio Culture through Making Post-Covid
Lynette Panarelli, Associate Professor, Wentworth Institute of Technology
Sylvia DeLuca, Assistant Professor, Wentworth Institute of Technology

3:00pm – 3:15pm


3:15pm – 4:45pm

SESSION D: Health & Energy
Moderated by: Mark Mulligan, Associate Dean, School of Architecture & Design, Wentworth

Occupants Perception of Indoor Environmental Quality Factors in Campus Buildings
Abimbola Asojo, Associate Dean/Professor, University of Minnesota
Jing Tian, PhD Student, University of Minnesota

Renewal: Recovering Humans + Regenerative Energy
Dr. Carol Bentel, FIIDA, ASID, NCIDQ, CID, FAIA, Ph.D. Chair, School of Visual Arts: Interior Design: Built Environments

Teaching for Making Healthcare Design
Seunghae Lee, Professor, Wentworth Institute of Technology
Iris Kim, Designer, Leers Weinzapfel Associates

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Closing Reception and Networking Event

Red Thread Boston WorkLife
101 Seaport Blvd Suite 600
Boston, MA 02210

Hotel information

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The Colonnade Hotel

120 Huntington Avenue,
Boston, 02116

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