No one can imagine the ways that design education, higher education in general, and design practice will evolve post-Covid much less know how our individual teaching jobs, faculty departments and design practices might adapt or evolve based on our experiences during the pandemic.  How is the dust settling and how is it where you live and work?

This issue of the Exchange is a dialogue of new perspectives stories from the front lines of interior design education and practice regarding the current transition for:

The future of design education

  • What are things you have learned from the previous year that will shape the future and how you teach?
  • What best practices have you adopted moving forward in your teaching?
  • How can we learned about online/hybrid teaching during the pandemic to support diverse and non-traditional students?
  • How can we continue to extend what we learned in the pandemic by sharing openly and in an online space?
  • What are you keeping from what you learned from online studio teaching?
  • In what ways will our adjustment back to the status quo OR our newfound adaptations put us in a better place to serve the students of tomorrow?

The future of higher education

  • Where and how do you see things bouncing back to pre-Covid processes and procedures?
  • Where do you see things remaining constant from Covid times going forward?
  • How has the last year reshaped your research and/or creative scholarship?
  • Are there academic calendar changes suggested by the pandemic that are worth keeping?
  • What is happening with changes to tenure policies?
  • What new opportunities in teaching, research, and service were revealed because of the last year?
  • How has the last year reshaped your institution?
    • Staffing
    • Institutional Focus
    • Enrollment
    • Tenure & Promotion
    • Course/Degree offerings
    • Online versus Face to Face

The future of design practice

  • What is the future of design practice?
  • Have the events of the last year shown a new light on the importance of interior design?
  • Where do we work?
  • Once we feel physically safe to return to the office, will we feel psychologically safe?
  • How can companies meet the changing needs of their employee-base and foster a culture of health inside and outside of the office?
  • How has the last year influenced the future of design practice?
    • Roles and responsibilities
    • Work/life balance
    • Workplace strategy
    • Communication
    • Collaboration
    • Technology

The IDEC Exchange seeks innovative and critically focused statements, design, and research that engage these questions through rich and rigorous investigation. The Exchange also seeks letters responding to previous IDEC Exchange content or highlighting a timely and engaging topic.

Each submission should make a clear claim for how leadership in interior design—as a profession or an academic field—has impacted or has potential to impact the field. The claim should be linked to an equally clear example from research scholarship, teaching or practice.

Submissions may be:

  • Letters
  • Original essays addressing the issue theme
  • Original images or creative works addressing the issue theme
  • Interviews addressing the issue theme or a timely and engaging topic; or
  • Another format discussed in advance with the Editor-in-Chief.

Please note the intended category of your submission in your word document (i.e., letter, essay, visual essay, creative work, etc.…). Submissions must follow the guidelines below. Submissions that do not following the guidelines will not be considered for publication. (Note: word count does not include references.)

  • Requirements: Letters may be up to 350-words maximum without images. Other submissions may be up to 550-words maximum with one image OR 350-words maximum with three or more images. Use the following file naming guidelines: lastname_title.doc (if more than one author, please use one name only for the file). Submissions should be in Word (.doc, .docx) format. PDFs will not be accepted.
  • Images: 5×7, 300dpi, jpg format. Each image should be accompanied by a caption (including reference; original work should indicate creator credit). Captions should be provided in a separate document. Use the following naming guidelines: lastname_01.jpg, lastname_02.jpg, etc. Images should be in .jpg format. PDFs will not be accepted. Authors are responsible for securing copyright clearance from image creators.

Questions should be directed to:

Dana E. Vaux, Ph.D.
Editor-in-Chief, IDEC Exchange
University of Nebraska – Kearney

Submissions due by 11:59 pm Pacific/2am Central, Monday, October 18

Click here to submit your work