The Role of Interior Design Junior Students in an Interdicisplinary Team in a Ten Day Competition

Presented by: Milagros Zingoni

We live in a world whose complexity increases daily due to the evolution and revolution of technology. The ideation process is becoming more interdisciplinary every day, with different disciplines coming together from a projects’ conception. Historically, the discipline of Interior Design has had a passive role awaiting for the architecture to shape the space. Often misguiding the discipline to only an aesthetic function: decoration. Interior Design has shifted from what some would say a vocational aptitude for the arrangement of home furnishings to a multimillion- dollar- a year enterprise based on numerous bodies of knowledge and expertise such as building construction, health sciences, environmental psychology, spatial aesthetics, and cultural discourse on space, place, body and affect. (Preston, 2012, p.93) We are witnessing an era of constant change, in which the expanded field of each discipline blurs or overlaps with the expanded field of another. The challenge for academics is to expose students to other disciplines finding the right intersection between teaching the discipline, exploring others and reaching out to communities to empower both (society and students) for social change through a collaborative process. The Interior Design students’ perceptions of their learning outcomes and their contributions to their perspectives teams were evaluated every year and they are explained in this paper. This article describes the perception and experience of Junior Students in Interior Design in an interdisciplinary team in ten day competition. This Interdisciplinary Cluster Competition (ICC) has been organized for seven years at the beginning of every spring semester for junior students from the disciplines of Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture and Visual Communication at and American Southwest University. (Zingoni, 2015) The article also discusses the researcher perceptions based in the last five years of students’ feedback regarding the competition.


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