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Architecture Media Politics Society (AMPS) Conference



Architecture Media Politics Society (AMPS) Conference

January 16th-17th, 2020

The FSU Department of Interior Architecture and Design in collaboration with the Architecture Media Politics Society hosted an international-scope conference in Tallahassee in January 2020.

Experiential Design:

Rethinking relations between people, objects and environments

The World Institute of Psychology identifies multiple links between mood, behavior and learning, and the objects and spaces we interact with and occupy daily. The World Health Organization states that global issues like dementia as issues that can be tackled, in part, through design. The American Institute of Architects lists user experience and inclusivity as essential components of design education and thinking, while the Interior Design Educators Council highlights ‘human orientated design’ as essential to good practice in all fields, whether that be the design of schools, classrooms, health spaces, retail, offices or the home.

This conference offered a unique invitation to engage in cross-disciplinary discourse around the role of people, objects and environments and how our individual practices and professions are, in reality, inseparable from each other. It embraces perspectives from a whole range of fields, including:

Interiors   |   Products   |   Education   |   Psychology   |   Health   |   Furniture   |   Wellbeing  |   Art   |   Architecture   |   Universal Design   |   Urbanism  |  Landscape   |   Occupational Therapy

Over 90 persons from 20 different countries attended or provided virtual presentations including Denmark, Sweden, Japan, Pakistan, Canada, Pakistan, Taiwan and India.  

Features of the Conference

Made possible through collaboration of The American Institute of Architects Tallahassee chapter, FSU Department of Interior Architecture and Design, the FAMU School of Architecture and Engineering Technology, and the AMPS organization.

Architect Chris Downey  lost his sight in 2008, and has since combined his twenty years of architecture experience with his new perceptions to specialize in projects for the visually impaired. Recently featured on the CBS news show 60 Minutes, he teaches Universal Design at University of California, Berkeley, serves on the California Commission on Disability Access, is president of Architecture for the Blind, is the board president for the SF LightHouse for the Blind. He has been featured in numerous media stories including AIA’s 2015 documentary “An Architect’s Story“ and also a highly-acclaimed TED talk.

Learn more here.


AMPS|FSU Conference Keynote Address

Angela Spangler is a Director at the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). Angela is a professional ergonomist and uses her expertise in human factors and human-environment relations to help IWBI further its mission of transforming buildings and communities in ways that help people thrive. In October of 2014 and after six years of research and development, IWBI launched the WELL Building Standard, the premier guideline for the design of buildings, interior spaces and communities seeking to implement, validate and measure features that support and advance human health. The Building Standard emerges from a foundation of evidence from scientific, design practitioner, and medical research sources, and provides building projects the means to nurture and enhance the efficiency of  their human inhabitants. The just-released WELL Building Standard version 2 explores how design, operations and behaviors within the places where people live, work, learn and play can be optimized to advance human well-being. Covering ten core concepts of health and hundreds of features, the WELL Building Standard represents the future of design.

View proceedings and books that resulted from this Conference here.