The Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) is hosting its 2021 Virtual Fall Symposium on the topic:

You Are Here

You are here, wherever that “here” may be. “Here” simultaneously refers to a place in time and to a place in space. ‎Perhaps the here where you find yourself is not what you imagined in “the before world” when we tricked ourselves ‎into believing we could “plan”. The place where we now find ourselves just “is”. It is where we are, the point from ‎which we take our next steps. ‎

Consider this an invitation to reflect upon where you are in time and space and what is meaningful to you in your ‎work. The making of meaning is highly personal even when it takes its form in professional work, academic or ‎otherwise. This season, IDEC offers a safe space and open arms to authentic sharing of scholarship, creative activity, ‎teaching, and discussions. Whatever it is that you bring to this table, we look forward to hearing about it. We will meet ‎you wherever you are.‎



Professors Cotter Christian, Randall Jones, Yu Nong Khew, Michele Gorman, Sam Bennett, and Ari Elefterin will be participating in this years IDEC Virtual Symposium on Friday, October 15th at 2:45 PM and 4:30 PM.

Reflections on Race and Classism in the Design Classroom
(Oct. 15th, 2:45 PM)

Cotter Christian, Parsons School of Design, The New School
Randall Jones, Yabu Pushelberg

Randall Jones and Cotter Christian are presenting at the IDEC Virtual Symposium on Friday, October 15th at 2:45 pm. They will be discussing the elective they co-taught this past Spring: Racism, Classism, and the Constructed Environment. This class introduced how racism and inequality exist in interior design and related fields, and they will be sharing the successes and challenges they faced when tackling challenging content amid highly charged current events. They also examine how their identities and personal experience inform their teaching on this subject matter.

Anatomy of the Syllabus: Dismantling Power in Teaching Interiors
(Oct. 15th, 4:30 PM)

Yu Nong Khew, Parsons School of Design, The New School
Cotter Christian, Parsons School of Design, The New School
Michele Gorman, Parsons School of Design, The New School
Sam Bennett, Parsons School of Design, The New School
Ari Elefterin, Parsons School of Design, The New School


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