When the old rules no longer apply, how can design be a catalyst for change in a virtual environment? In the new web of interconnections and landscapes, how do we shift the paradigm of traditional educational experiences to expand the opportunities for quality as the prerequisite for achieving the fundamental goal of equity?

Design education has the opportunity to reframe the existing disparities and inequities, bringing a change to the creation of knowledge and design connections that break a digital divide between uneven access to use or the impact of learning environments, generating virtual platforms to highlight creativity and innovation. Act with self-efficacy and refuse mediocrity, show the ability to take risks and ignore the fears that inhibit creation and challenge the existing paradigm. To impart real impact and ignite change, design with a sense of self-efficacy and make an impact.

We invite presentations that explore all perspectives of the unbuilt virtual environment with implications for creative scholarship, pedagogy, design, and practice.

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Schedule of Presentations

Unless otherwise noted, all times listed below are in Eastern Time. The Symposium will begin at 9:45 am ET/8:45 am CT/7:45 am MT/6:45 am PT.

9:45 am – 10:20 am ET Welcome
10:20 am – 11:50 am ET Presentation Group 1 and Q&A
The Way We Heal
Shaping Human Wellness: Family Care Clinic Design
Caroline Mozo, Florida State University Communication-Related Design Conflicts in Emergency Departments: A Literature Review
Seyedehnastaran Hashemi, Texas Tech University
Saman Jamshidi, Texas Tech University
Covid 19 Retrofit Outcomes for Mental Health Care Hospitals: CDC Best Practice Guidelines Impact Upon Healthcare Worker
Natalie Ellis, University of Oklahoma
Henry F. Hartsell Jr., PhD Griffin Memorial Hospital
Clayton Morris, MD, Griffin Memorial Hospital   
11:50 am – 12:00 pm ET Break
12:00 pm – 12:50 pm ET Keynote Presentation

Emily McGlohn
Assistant Professor of Architecture at Rural Studio

12:50 pm – 1:00 pm ET Break
1:00 pm – 1:55 pm ET Presentation Group 2 and Q&A
The Way We Matter
Remotely Delivering Exposure to a Diverse Array of Professional Opportunities for Interior Design Students During COVID
Jessica Bonness, Marymount University Design Mentorship in Uncertain Times
Amy Huber, Florida State University
1:55 pm – 2:00 pm ET Break
2:00 pm – 3:25 pm ET Presentation Group 3 and Q&A
The Way We Break Barriers Apprentice to Bernini’s Ghost: A Story with a Palace, a Pandemic, and a Paradigm Shift
Lindsay Tan, Auburn University
Anna Ruth Gatlin, Auburn University
Annalisa Bellettati, Annalisa Bellettati Architetto
Reaching for Competency: Teaching a Sponsored Commercial Studio
Dr. Anna Ruth Gaitlin, Auburn University
Lindsay Tan, Auburn University
Virtual Building Bridges to STEAM/STEM Careers for Minority Students Summer Camp
Dr. Abimbola Asojo, University of Minnesota
Hoa Vo, University of Minnesota
Dr. Lesa Clarkson, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, CEHD
3:25 pm – 3:35 pm ET Break
3:35 pm – 4:55 pm ET Presentation Group 4 and Q&A
The Way We Will Work
Why Home Matters in the “Stay-at-Home” Order and Beyond
Dr. Tasoulla Hadjiyanni, University of Minnesota Faculty Offices with COVID and Beyond 2020
Sally Ann Swearingen, Stephen F. Austin State University
Kristi Gaines, Texas Tech University
#coronamaison: Drawing as a Way to Understand Our Experiences of Spaces in Lockdown
Stephanie Davidson, Ryerson University
4:55 pm – 5:05 pm ET Breakout Session 1: Posters and Small-Group Networking

Group 1: Creating a Wellness-Centered Design: Focusing on Employee Experience in Retail Settings (Poster)
Ms. Tianette Simpson, Bialek Environments
Jihyun Song, Marymount University

Group 2: A Prototypical Approach in a Religious Place: Promoting Discussion and Repairing Anxiety Around Death in Chinese Society (Poster)
Zhan Shi, Savannah College of Art and Design
Catherine Pizzichemi, Savannah College of Art and Design
Ricardo Navarro, Savannah College of Art and Design
S. Dorothea Scott-Funding
Savannah College of Art and Design

Group 3: Small-Group Networking

5:05 pm – 5:15 pm ET Breakout Session 2: Posters and Small-Group Networking

Group 1: The Potential Influence of Interior Furnishings on Sense of Dignity for Residents of Domestic Violence Shelters (Poster)
Sarah Rifqi, Florida State University
Jill Pable, Florida State University

Group 2: New Industry 4.0 Design-Build: Proposing Prototype Academic Environment for Interdisciplinary Residential Design Studio (Poster)
Amanda Schwab, Marymount University
Jihyun Song, Marymount University

Group 3: Small-Group Networking

5:15 pm – 6:40 pm ET Presentation Group 5 and Q&A
The Way We Teach: The Futurist Look
(Re)Imagining “Hy-Flex” Physicality in a Cross-Disciplinary Project-Based Learning Experience
Chelsea Helms, Appalachian State University Online…and On the Front Line! Guiding Model-Building from a Distance
Dr.  Mitzi Perritt, Stephen F. Austin State UniversityFramework for Online Learning: Interpreting the Theory of Social Constructivism in Interior Design Education
Dr. Suchismita Bhattacharjee, University of Oklahoma
Thelma Lazo Flores, Miami International University of Art and Design
6:40 pm – 7:00 pm ET Networking Break
7:00 pm – 8:25 pm ET Presentation Group 6 and Q&A
The Way We Move Through Space
Evolving Third Places: Connecting Physical and Virtual Environments
Dr. Dana Vaux, Univesity of Nebraska – Kearney
Michael Langlais, University of North Texas
Interior Wayfinding: Two Different Approaches in Addressing Wayfinding Problems Within Interior Environments
Mr. Saman Jamshidi, Texas Tech University
Seyedehnastaran Hashemi, Texas Tech University
Reassessing the Role of Theories as a Design Tool Under Current Global Crisis
Dr. Sarah Angne Alfaro, Ball State University
Tina Patel, Kent State University
8:30 pm – 8:40 pm ET Closing Remarks