2023 Midwest Regional Conference


City apartments overlooking a large river

HGA Architects and Planning

Milwaukee, WI


Join us September 28-29 in Milwaukee WI for an opportunity to come together as design educators and professionals, make connections with colleagues, and explore intersections in design teaching, research, and service.

The symposium will be hosted by HGA Architects and Planning, the second-largest architectural firm in Wisconsin, whose focus is to help clients create “meaningful built spaces.” Located in the heart of downtown in the historic Third Ward District, HGA is central for tours and presentations from local sites, vendors, and design professionals.

Presentations around speculative and developmental ideas on the topics of human-centered design, design thinking, evidence-based and practice-based design, the voice of the customer, and research are welcome. Innovative teaching approaches or methods and professional/creative work related to interior design are also welcome. Abstract presentations may be in the form of presentations, panels, or posters, and may be completed by one or multiple authors.

September 28-29, 2023
Submission Deadline Closed
Registration Deadline Closed
No Keynote Speaker
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Submission DeadlineSubmission Closed

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

How to Submit

Submission Ethics

Scholarship submissions must be the original work of the author or authors.  Existing precedent work of the author and/or of others that directly influenced the scholarship should be acknowledged in the submission. Scholarship 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: Dana Vaux at vauxde@unk.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) or Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).  DO NOT Include title, author name(s) or school affiliation(s) within the body of the abstract. This identification will automatically disqualify the submission.

Submission Fees

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.

Presentations Category

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

Scholarship of Design Research (SDOR)

Scholarship of Design Research abstracts explore theoretical, historical, or practical aspects of the interior design discipline in both practice and education. Scholarship of Design Research abstracts should identify the question or theory being explored, the framework of exploration and conclusions drawn from the examination. It is expected that the scholarship presented will have reached preliminary conclusions and/or implications that can be shared with the audience.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL)

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) abstracts emphasize teaching methods used in interior design courses. SoTL abstracts should identify the problem being addressed, the method or strategy used to address the problem, and an analysis of the outcomes (e.g., student work or learning). It is expected that the scholarship presented will have reached preliminary conclusions and/or implications that can be shared with the audience. SoTL submissions must include an Appendix of up to five pages or images. This appendix should include supplemental materials, which may consist of (but is not limited to) project outlines, project statements, and examples of student outcomes if available.


Do not use format commands.


Must conform to 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 and/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 and/or graphs/tables can be submitted as a single PDF file.

Image file format

All images (portrait or landscape) should be 3.25” wide, maximum of 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 web site to complete the review process in a timely and efficient manner. 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
  4. Presentation Category: Scholarship of Design Research (SoDR) or Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
  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

Accepted SoTL & SoDR presentations are limited to 20 minutes with 10 minutes following for discussion of the topic. WiFi may not be available at the presentation location.

Registration Fees

Deadline to Register: September 15, 2023 @ 11:59 pm PST

Graduate Student Member
Graduate Student Non-Member

Cancellation Policy:

100% Refund of Registration Fee if canceling on or before: 9/11/2023
50% Refund of Registration Fee if canceling on or before: 9/22/2023
No Refunds of Registration Fees if canceling after: 9/22/2023 @ 11:59 pm PST

Conference Schedule

Please note that to obtain a CEU credit you must stay for all three (3) presentations within a single session. CEU credit may also be earned for the Evidence-Based Design workshop.

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Tour of Milwaukee Art Museum, Santiago Calatrava addition*
3:45 PM

Arrive at the lobby for the MAM tour

4:00 - 5:00PM

Guided architectural tour of MAM addition

5:00 PM

No-host happy hour and dinner at The Harbor Restaurant

*NOTE: Pre-registration is required for this event. The cost is $17 per person. Please register on the IDEC Midwest Conference website by 9/15/2023. No refunds will be issued for cancelation.

8:00 – 9:00AM

Forward Space and Steelcase

8:00 - 9:00AM

Registration + Breakfast
Ice breaker-discussion topics on tables: AI, Foundation Studios, Student Mental Health & Resilience, Capstone Studio, Studio Culture & Attendance, Free for All, The Dock

9:00 - 10:00AM

HGA: Welcome, Tour, Virtual reality lab & REVIT integration into the design process

Kate Bautista, HGA

10:00 - 10:15AM

Break – beverages and snacks
Sponsor: HGA
The Dock

10:00 - 10:15AM

Break – beverages and snacks
Sponsor: HGA
The Dock

10:15 - 11:25AM
Session 1: Room Riverside (30)

Using Design Thinking to Foster Collaboration: A Transdisciplinary Design Studio
Aanya Chugh

Food on the Prairie—The Preservation of Culinary Heritage in the Studio
Sonya Turkman

Civic Engagement that Makes Wishes Come True
Connie Dyar and Janet Glavn (Zoom)

11:25 - 12:35PM
Session 2: Room Riverside (30)

Older adult possession management: Rightsizing home while upsizing well-being
Heather Carter

Smart Sustainable Housing: Improving social issues with residential design
Casey Franklin and Ann Hossler

A Coffee Shop Environments’ Impact on Work Behavior: Perceptions of Working Patrons
Haley Gwin and Elke Attenburger, Ph.D.

12:35 - 2:00PM

Lunch & IDEC Midwest Region Business Mtg.
Sponsor: All Steel & Henrickson (1:00 – 1:40)
The Dock

2:15 - 2:45PM
Session 3A- Poster Session: The Dock

Design for Aging-in-Place Using Mixed Reality
Jacque Dehart and Gabriela Fonseca Pereira, Ph. D

Viewing aging-in-place design solutions through the use of mixed reality: A case study
Monica Lazaro and Gabriela Fonseca Pereira, Ph.D.

2:15 - 2:45PM
Session 3B- Creative Scholarship Presentation: Room Riverside (30)

Ephemeral Interiorities
Nathan Smith

2:45 - 3:00PM

Break – beverages and snacks
Sponsor: HGA
The Dock

3:00 - 5:00PM
Option 1 – Accreditation Workshop: Presentation & Panel Discussion

Preparing for an accreditation visit: Best practices
Kristi Julian, Middle Tennessee University
Sarah Alfaro, Ball State University
Connie Dyar, Illinois State University

3:00 - 5:00PM
Option 2- NeoConsin – (“NeoCon in Wisconsin”)

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
1721 Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233

5:00 - 7:00PM

Happy Hour at NeoConsin (IIDA/ASID sponsored)


Dinner on your own

8:00 – 9:00AM

Location: The Dock

9:00 - 10:30AM
Evidence-Based Design Research Workshop

Establishing Practice-based Research in a Full-Service A/E/I Firm
Terri Zborowsky, HGA
Location: The Dock

10:00 - 10:15AM

Break – beverages and snacks
Sponsor: HGA
Location: The Dock

10:30 - 10:45AM

Break –Water/Coffee/Snacks
Sponsor: HGA
Location: The Dock

10:45 - 11:55AM
Session 4: Room Riverside (30)

The Lost Narrative of Jack Lenor Larsen and His Commission for The Filene Theater Curtain
Stephanie Zollinger

Testing Antimicrobial Properties in Interior Design Building Materials
Nicolette Brehm

Expressions of Interiority in the Landscape: Understanding the “Modifying Elements”
Rebecca Midden

12:00 - 1:00PM

Sponsor: BSI and Miller-Knoll – Modularity in Healthcare
Location: The Dock


Conference Concludes

Explore Milwaukee:

  • Harley-Davidson Museum
  • MAM
  • Boat Tour
  • Brewery Tour

Venue & Lodging

City apartments overlooking a large river
Inside of a public workspace
Group of people taking a picture at a conference

Main Meeting Location

HGA Architects and Planning

333 E Erie St
Milwaukee, WI

Conference Hotels:

No official conference rooms.

Suggested options for hotels near HGA:

  • Hilton Garden Inn (611 Broadway Street | 0.7 mi distance)
  • Marriot Milwaukee Downtown (625 N. Milwaukee Street | 0.6 mi distance)
  • Homewood Suites (500 N. Water Street | 0.5 mi distance)
  • The Westin Milwaukee (550 N. Van Buren Street | 0.7 mi distance)
  • The Iron Horse Hotel (500 W. Florida Street | 0.8 mi distance)

Sponsors and Exhibitors