Call for Exchange Content - Fall 2019

The Role of Interior Design in STEM/STEAM/STEAMD Initiatives


The 2018-2019 IDEC Exchange issues discussed the technology-design relationship. Given that the “T” stands for technology in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) initiatives, questions arise regarding how interior design and design thinking contribute to the STEM conversation.

With recent movements adding art (STEAM) or art and design (STEAMD) to the equation, how do STEAM/STEAMD initiatives provide new opportunities for designers? We are specifically interested in submissions exploring how the recent focus on STEM/STEAM/STEAMD initiatives is altering interior design pedagogy and extending opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations in education and research. This includes:

  • Queries on the role of interior design in STEM based initiatives
  • Changes in interior design curriculum due to the promotion of STEM
  • STEAM or STEAMD collaborations in the classroom
  • Research projects utilizing STEM/STEAM/STEAMD topics or methods
  • Interdisciplinary opportunities afforded by STEM alliances
  • Utilization of STEM funding or alignment for research or recruitment

The IDEC Exchange seeks innovative and critically focused statements, design and research that engage these questions through rich and rigorous investigation. The Exchange also seeks letters responding to previous IDEC Exchange content or highlighting a timely and engaging topic.

Each submission should make a clear claim for how interior design—as a profession or an academic field—is impacted as a result of the focus on STEM/STEAM/STEAMD research, education and/or programming. The claim should be linked to an equally clear example from research projects, teaching or practice.

Submissions may be:

  • Letters
  • Original essays addressing the issue theme;
  • Original images addressing the issue theme;
  • Interviews addressing the issue theme or a timely and engaging topic; or
  • Another format discussed in advance with the Editor-in-Chief.

Submissions must follow the guidelines below. Submissions that do not following the guidelines will not be considered for publication.

  • Requirements: Letters may be up to 350-words maximum without images. Other submissions may be up to 550-words maximum with one image OR 350-words maximum with three or more images. Use the following file naming guidelines: lastname_title.doc (if more than one author, please use one name only for the file). Submissions should be in Word (.doc, .docx) format. PDFs will not be accepted.
  • Images: 5x7, 220dpi, jpg format. Each image should be accompanied by a caption (including reference; original work should indicate creator credit). Captions should be provided in a separate document. Use the following naming guidelines: lastname_01.jpg, lastname_02.jpg, etc. Images should be in .jpg format. PDFs will not be accepted. Authors are responsible for securing copyright clearance from image creators.


Questions should be directed to:

Dana E. Vaux, Ph.D.
Editor, IDEC Exchange
Assistant Professor
University of Nebraska – Kearney

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