Reaching through the screen: Reflecting Upon Physicality In a Time of Virtuality

Interior scale ranges from the intimate to the grand. For many humans, much of daily life is lived engaging the body with spaces, furnishings and objects appropriately scaled for a smaller range of movements such as working within an office environment or learning within a school. The beginning and end of our days are spent in the home where the occupant exercises agency within his, her, or their surroundings.

Physicality of the spaces we inhabit as well as contact with one another have taken on new meanings in the past months as people find themselves confined to a smaller radius of movement than ever lived in modern history. Experience of our physical surroundings intensifies. Awareness of the ordinary heightens. Humans who live outside of our households appear then disappear from our screens. The foreign quality of communication with flattened human heads continues to be unsettling.

This conference asks presenters and attendees to reflect upon implications of the recent past as well as the current state of affairs on design of the built environment from psychological, pedagogical, and professional practice-viewpoints.

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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 – 10:15 am ET Welcome
10:15 am – 11:50 am ET Presentation Group 1 and Q&A

Instagrammable Interiors: Designing for Shareable Moments
Dr. Leah Scolere, Colorado State University

Small Gestures | Big Moves: Considering the Role of the Built Environment in Cultivating Belonging
Amy Roehl, Texas Christian University

Museums As Interactive Spaces: Generating Unique Experiences for All
Dr. Susan Ray-Degges, North Dakota State University
Shaima Alsolami, Jeddah Municipality – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Sarah Randall, Valley Lights
Jenny Routledge, Self-employed

Promoting Positive Body Image Perception in Luxury Retail Environments
Sheridan Markham, Savannah College of Art & Design
Sarah Boehm, Savannah College of Art and Design
Catie Pizzichemi, Savannah College of Art and Design
Mieke Kramer, Solstice Point Counseling

11:50 am – 12:00 pm ET Break
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm ET Keynote Presentation

Tom Mulhern, Founder Studio Y

12:45 pm – 1:00 pm ET Break
1:00 pm – 2:05 pm ET Presentation Group 2 and Q&A

Southeastern Life: The Pandemic Edition
Dr. Anna Ruth Gatlin, Auburn University

The Flattening of Perspective Cancelled
Emily Pelicano, Maywood University

Optimizing Remote Workspaces for Health and Wellness
Dr. Kristi Gaines, Texas Tech University
Sally Ann Swearingen, Stephen F. Austin State University
Michelle Pearson, Texas Tech University

2:05 pm – 2:30 pm ET Networking
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm ET Panel

Thinking Forward | Forward Thinking:
Voices from Professional Practice and Research Informing Design Education Today

3:15 pm – 3:20 pm ET Break
3:20 pm – 4:20 pm ET Presentation Group 3 and Q&A

Sight Unseen: Navigating the Admittance of New Students into a Limited Enrollment Program
Stephanie Sickler, Florida State University

Remote and Inclusive: Redefining the Interior Design Studio Experience
Dr. Karen Scarton, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Kelly Spewock, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Towards a Connected Classroom: Integrating Online Tools to Promote Student Connectivity and Communication Skills
Madison Sabatelli, The Ohio State University

4:20 pm – 4:30 pm ET Break
4:30 pm – 4:40 pm ET Breakout Session 1: Posters and Small-Group Networking

Group 1: Design Promoting Social Connections to Mitigate Loneliness (Poster)
Kavya Narayana, Savannah College of Art and Design

Group 2: Transitional Young Adult Center Prototype Empowering Unaccompanied Homeless Young Adults into Independence and Stability (Poster)
Ria Sreekumar Menon, Savannah College of Art and Design
Ricardo Navarro, Savannah College of Art and Design
DJ Caudle, Savannah College of Art and Design

Group 3: Small-Group Networking

4:40 pm – 4:50 pm ET Breakout Session 2: Posters and Small-Group Networking

Group 1: Creating an Interior Environment for International Students Coping with Acculturative Stress (Poster)
Maitrayee Deokar, Savannah College of Art and Design
Professor Catherine Pizzichemi, Savannah College of Art and Design
Professor DJ Caudle, Savannah College of Art and Design
Dr. Suejung Han, Illinois State University

Group 2: Furniture Design Studio Strategies for a Remote Delivery (Poster)
Cory Olsen, University of Oregon

Group 3: Small-Group Networking

4:50 pm – 6:00 pm ET Presentation Group 4 and Q&A

Explorations in Clay
Stephen Skorski, University of North Carolina – Greensboro

From Sala Beckett in Barcelona to the Biennale in Venice
Jose Bernardi, The Design School of Arizona State University

An Examination of Meta-Luxury Through the Lens of Interior Design
Crystal Martin, Savannah College of Art & Design

6:00 pm – 6:45 pm ET Happy Hour

Sparkling Wines & Accompaniments with designer, Laura McDonald Stewart and filmmaker, Joey Stewart

6:45 pm – 7:50 pm ET Presentation Group 5 and Q&A

Optimizing Mental Health and Well-being with Sustainably Designed Disaster Relief Housing
Bethany Rock, Savannah College of Art & Design

Re-imagining Prison Music Therapy Environments: Immersive Interventions to Improve Rehabilitation of Inmates
Archie Tyagi, Savannah College of Art & Design
Ricardo Navarro, Savannah College of Art and Design
Sarah Boehm, Savannah College of Art and Design

Equity and Access through Design: An Integrative Approach to Promote Child Development
Dr. Kristi Gaines, Texas Tech University
Malinda Colwell, Texas Tech University
Klein Charles, Texas Tech University
Muntazar Monsur, Texas Tech University

7:50 pm – 8:00 pm ET Closing Remarks