Practice Research PhDs in Interior Design

Attiwill, S 2018, 'Practice Research PhDs in Interior Design', in Duncan W. Maxwell (ed.) Proceedings of the 1st Annual Design Research Conference (ADR18), Sydney, Australia, 27-28 September 2018, pp. 197-202.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title Practice Research PhDs in Interior Design
Author(s) Attiwill, S
Year 2018
Conference name ADR18
Conference location Sydney, Australia
Conference dates 27-28 September 2018
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 1st Annual Design Research Conference (ADR18)
Editor(s) Duncan W. Maxwell
Publisher University of Sydney
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Start page 197
End page 202
Total pages 6
Abstract This paper attends to the nature of PhDs in interior design and with a particular focus on practice research. While there is a growing number of practice PhDs in the discipline, the number is relatively small compared to those in architecture. Current design research happening within interior design is research about and for as distinct from research in practice and through practising. Interior design as a practice is not adequately defined by the production of artefacts - such as products or buildings - so much as the design of relations between people and space in terms of physical, social and psychological parameters. Conditions of experience, subjectivity, atmosphere and affect are critical concerns that introduce questions of value and evidence and problematize notions of objectivity and subjectivity. The impetus and argument underpinning this paper is one of advocacy for the practice research PhD in the discipline and the value of the contribution that practice research in the discipline can make more broadly.
Subjects Interior Design
Keyword(s) Interior Design
practice research PhDs
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