Welcome to the RMIT University Master of Interior Design Exhibition for 2021. This catalogue and exhibition bring together work undertaken by our students over the course of the year.
We commenced our year in the hope that there would be some relief from the impacts of Covid 19 and that we would be able to run our program entirely face to face recognising the opportunities and spark that come from the incidental conversations and shared experiences through time spent in the studio, site visits, travel, and of course food. The two semesters that followed, like many of our colleagues around the world continued through multiple digital platforms, online meetings, phone conversations, text messages, and negotiation of time zones.
The Master of Interior Design at RMIT is structured around Partnered Design Studios that shift focus each semester from commercial, civic, institutional, and social projects. In semester one we partnered up with the City of Melbourne to respond to the current critical issues facing the urban environment. The final brief intercepted the pressing issues associated with the impact of COVID-19 on the city’s business district through the lens of urban interiority. In semester two, we partnered with GHD Woodhead to examine the future of learning environments. This studio focused on the exploratory design of prototypical learning spaces, specifically senior secondary campuses (year 11 and 12) understood as transitionary environments for students preparing to work in industry or undertaking further study, including vocational and tertiary education.
I would like to congratulate and thank this thoughtful group of students for their unwavering commitment and engagement in the program over the past year. To the students graduating at this time, I wish you all the very best for a successful future. Thanks to our partners City of Melbourne (John Cunningham, David Fitzsimmons), GHD Woodhead Group (Annelise Tiller, Paul Thatcher) for the engagement and support over the year. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank our colleagues and friends who have participated in the teaching, assessments, or development of the program – Anthony Fryatt (Acting Program Manager in semester 2), Suzie Attiwill, Adam Nash, Wuff Keeble, Lingas Tran, Nicholas Rebstadt, Wendy Lasica, Kiri Delly, Andrew Tetzlaff, Erik North, and the Design Hub exhibition team.
Dr. Roger Kemp, Program Manager, Master of Interior Design