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Suzie Attiwill

Deputy Dean Learning & Teaching

Suzie is Deputy Dean of Learning & Teaching, RMIT School of Architecture and Design.

Suzie Attiwill’s research practice poses questions of interior and interiority in relation to contemporary conditions of living, inhabitation, subjectivity, pedagogy and creative practice. The research is conducted through a practice of designing with a curatorial inflection attending to arrangements (and re-arrangements) of spatial, temporal and material relations.

Research projects include:
urban + interior – a collaborative publication project bringing together a editorial team situated in Milan, Madrid and Melbourne to foster an international research network addressing the proposition urban + interior; beyond building with Gregory Nicolau (Australian Childhood Trauma Group) focuses on the situation of residential care homes for young people who have been placed in government care as a result of family abuse and/or neglect; a series of curatorial experiments in ecologies of learning – physical, social and mental.

She participates in the Affective Environments Laboratory – http://aelab.org/; and supervises PhD and Masters candidates whose creative practice research contribute to the discipline of interior design and/or the discipline contributes to their practice.

Suzie is associate professor of Interior Design and Deputy Dean of Learning & Teaching, RMIT School of Architecture and Design. Since 1991, her freelance practice has involved exhibition design, curatorial work and writing on interdisciplinary projects in Australia and overseas. Notable design practitioners and art institutions in Australia including the architectural firm Denton Corker Marshall and graphic designer Garry Emery have commissioned her to curate their practices. She has published book chapters, conference presentations, and journal and magazine articles. Recent publications and lectures include: ‘interiorizt’, Brooker, G & L, Weinthal (eds), The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design, Bloomsbury, 2014; ‘Urban and Interior: techniques for an urban interiorist’, Hinkel, R (ed), Urban Interior. Informal explorations, interventions and occupations Germany: Spurbuchverlag, 2011; INamsterdam – World Interiors Meeting, European Council of Interior Architects, Amsterdam, 2013; and Between Theory and Practice, Estonian Society of Interior Architects inaugural symposium, Tallinn, 2014.

Other roles include: artistic director of Craft Victoria and editor of Craft (1996-99); board member/chair, West Space Artist Led Initiative (2006-10); program director, RMIT Interior Design (2005-2012); chair, IDEA (Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association, 2006-12) and executive editor, IDEA Journal (2014-15).