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. 17 No. 02 (2020): Co-constructing Body-Environments
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Significantly advanced from presentations delivered at the Body of Knowledge 2019 conference, each article in this special guest edited idea journal issue focusses on the interdisciplinary intersections, connections and findings across research practices that involve art and theories of cognition. In particular, articles emphasise how spatial art and design research approaches have enabled the articulation of a complex understanding of environments, spaces and experiences, which may also involve the spatial distribution of cultural, organisational and conceptual structures and relationships, as well as the surrounding design features. 

Contributions explore: 

How do art and spatial practices increase the potential for knowledge transfer and celebrate diverse forms of embodied expertise? 
How do the examination of cultures of practice, Indigenous knowledges and cultural practices offer perspectives on inclusion, diversity, neurodiversity, disability and social justice issues? 
How the art and spatial practices may contribute to research perspectives from contemporary cognitive neuroscience and the philosophy of mind? 
The dynamic between an organism and its surroundings for example: How does art and design shift the way knowledge and thinking processes are acquired, extended and distributed? 
How art and design practices demonstrate the ways different forms of acquiring and producing knowledge intersect? 

Published: 2020-12-01


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