AMPS Conference Experiential Design: Rethinking Relations Between People, Objects, and Environments
On January 16th and 17th, the Architecture _Media_Politics_Society scholar organization partnered with the Department of Interior Architecture and Design, hosting an international academic conference exploring the relations between people, designed objects and places. With 100 participants from 20 countries including Australia, Hong Kong, India, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Slovenia, Sweden, Taiwan, and the UK, the conference was packed with 73 presentations with topics ranging from The Design Process to Urbanism and Society. Among these presentations, our MFA students and faculty shared their own research and were well received by the attendees. The presentation session structure enabled rare cross-disciplinary discussions.
We were also fortunate enough to host two stellar keynote speakers. Thursday night brought Chris Downey, a practicing blind architect to the stage, who spoke to the importance of Universal Design and incorporating accessibility into the design process. His humor and engaging speaking style were on display, much like his 2019 Sixty Minutes television interviews. This session was the first inaugural yearly Master Lecture Series event made possible through the department’s partnership with the American Institute of Architects Tallahassee chapter and an array of supportive sponsors. Friday morning we welcomed Angela Spangler, a Director at the International WELL Building Institute. Angela introduced version 2 of the WELL Building Standard and spoke to the importance of building design as preventative wellness care.
Please watch for the conference proceedings coming in late spring.