2000 | Morbidity + Mortality: a post mortem examination of studios

2000 IDEA Symposium

6 – 8 December 2000

Louis Laybourne Smith School of Architecture and Design, University of South Australia, City West Campus, Adelaide, South Australia

The inaugural IDEA symposium was convened by:
Joanne Cys and Jane Lawrence, Lecturers, Interior Architecture, Louis Laybourne Smith School of Architecture and Design, UniSA

The intention of this symposium was to evaluate studios which have proven for either staff or students to have lived a wonderful life or died a slow and painful death.

From the symposium brief:
This symposium aims to pathologically trace the probable causes of studio successes and tragedies to enable us foresee the symptoms, remedy the causes and instil a positive prognosis, and poses that in our hard efforts and struggles that we may be experiencing similar problems, and searching for the same answers. In these times of economic rationalisation, increasing numbers of enrolments, flexible delivery methods and amplified academia and familial pressures, can we sustain our present teaching methodologies?
This symposium will examine studio programmes under the following themes as a means to share and exchange studio teaching practices and search for methodologies which produce outcomes that respond to the current climate:

Site Based

An examination of the benefits, downfalls and logistics of site based studios (regional, national and international). What do the students get out of them? What do the staff get out of them, and is it worth the effort? Issues of parity and equity will also be discussed.

Practise Based Vs. Metaphorical Or Theory Based

Analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of each project type. Evaluation of learning outcomes and student experiences. Where is the art in practice?

Pros And Cons Of Studio Teaching

Increased numbers of students and limited space has seen a rationalisation of the resources and processes of studio teaching – hot-desking, appointment based tutorials and larger student groups. This theme will investigate responses to these problems.

Bookend Years

Foundation and final year studios.
These are the pivotal years. This theme will explore teaching methodologies, issues of application of core knowledge, the student condition, (external influences, prior experiences and international students) and normative patterns of study.

Collaborative Studios

Community or discipline.
An examination of studios which demonstrate the relevance or responsiveness of interior design. The relationship of the disciplines within a broader educational context. An analysis of studios which incorporate cross disciplinary, cross cultural, cross institutional and community collaborations.

This is an informal opportunity for interior design educators to exchange studio teaching experiences. It is not a refereed process, but the papers presented will be compiled and issued to each delegate. Organisers welcome all design educators, presenters and other interested parties.

Symposium Papers:

  • Harry Stephens, UNSW, Facility for Artist in Residence
  • Tom Loveday, UTS, Interior Communications
  • John Andrews, RMIT, Point 2 Point 2
  • Sara Chesterman + Lisa Coleman, UNSW, Communication
  • Angelina Russo, UniSA, Journeys In Transit
  • Sue Serle + Bill Macmahon, UNSW, The Presence Of The Hand
  • Lisa Zamberlan + Sam Spurr, UNSW, Body Space Imagination
  • Linda Marie Walker, UniSA, Resonance, or, On the Road
  • Priya Metcalfe, Curtin, Collaborative Studios
  • Jane Lawrence + Rachel Hurst, UniSA, Home Away From Home
  • Lynn Chalmers, University Of Manitoba, Graduate Education in Other Places

Morbidity + Mortality: a post mortem examination of studios

Symposium Papers [download PDF]