About the Journal

The idea journal is central to IDEA’s objective to foster, publish and disseminate peer reviewed spatial design,  interior design/interior architecture research where the definition of research includes research about design, research for design as well as through design. To this end the idea journal invites a range of contributions on and representations of design research.

IDEA (Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association) was formed in 1996 for the advancement and advocacy of education by encouraging and supporting excellence in interior design/interior architecture education and research within Australasia.


The objectives of IDEA are:

  • to advocate for university undergraduate and postgraduate programs that provide a minimum 4 years education in interior design/interior architecture;
  • to support the rich diversity of individual programs within the higher education sector;
  • to create collaboration between programs in the higher education sector;
  • to foster an attitude of lifelong learning;
  • to encourage staff and student exchange between programs;
  • to provide recognition for excellence in the advancement of interior design/interior architecture education;
  • to foster, publish and disseminate peer reviewed interior design/interior architecture research.


Current Issue

Vol. 16 No. 1 (2017): DARK SPACE: the interior
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This edition of the IDEA Journal: DARK SPACE_the interior called for interdisciplinary collaborative discourse examining built or unbuilt projects/speculations/theoretical inquiry/design inquiry, positioned as:

  • Disruption to the realities and perceptions of (interior?) space

  • Interiors that catalyse symbioses (interior exterior)

  • Extreme interiors that confront the human sensorium, e.g. confined environments, isolated environments, highly sensuous environments

  • Experimental Interiors that manipulate the human sensorium

  • Historical precedents of Interiors that engage the human sensorium

  • Future projections of Interiors that are affecting/shifting changing the human sensorium
  • Physiological and or psychological analyses of Interiors that affect symbioses (interior exterior)
Published: 2017-11-16
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