RMIT professor discusses nuances of interior design

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"in –2 –photo," Melbourne 2019 (ZIQI CAO PHOTO). This is work from a first-year interior design project where students were asked to go into the city (as an urban laboratory), take a photograph, enlarge it to A0 size, return it to the site where it was photographed and then take another photograph. This act of framing and re-framing is one of interior designing in the urban environment.

By Salama Al Mahri 

UNIVERSITY CITY, SHARJAH – A building’s interior should be looked at as something to be designed, not something that already exists, Suzie Attiwill, professor of interior design at the RMIT University, told American University of Sharjah students April 18.

“Design is both a noun and a verb,” Attiwill said during the session in the College of Architecture, Art and Design, which was rescheduled from April 17 due to heavy rains. 

The lecture, titled “Urban Interiorities & Interior Designing,” took place online with about 50 people attending.

Discussing the practice of interior design in urban settings, Attiwill said that it helps with creating functional environments that meet people’s needs and enhances their experience. 

According to Attiwill, an individual’s environment doesn’t necessarily need to be enclosed. Spaces are dynamic, she said, and the lines between outside and inside are dynamic. 

“One could say, ‘Well this room is an interior,’” she said at one point, “but I think if there is a spider web up in one of the corners then the spider there is thinking that we’re all in its outside.”