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Writing Future Interiors

February 29, 2024
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

16 W. 61st St., 11th Floor Auditorium and Online
New York, NY

What is the future of interior design? How do we write about it? This symposium brings together interior design theorists, historians, educators, and practitioners based in New York City who have widely published on the theories and methodologies of interior design, expanding its disciplinary horizons and methods of communication while projecting them into the future. Their activity is, indeed, advancing the interior design debate, shaping the future of interior design thinking and practice. The symposium will look at the process behind their written and published works and how their research has contributed to their design practice and research as educators.

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Introduction and Moderation

Florencia Vetcher

Assistant professor of New York Tech School of Architecture and Design

Francesca Romana Forlini

Visiting assistant professor, New York Tech School of Architecture and Design


Alexa Griffith Winton

Alexa Griffith Winton

Manager, Public Programs and Interpretation at the Cooper Hewitt museum

Alexa Griffith Winton is a design historian and educator. She is currently manager, public programs and interpretation at Cooper Hewitt. She has researched and published the work of Dorothy Liebes for over ten years.

Winton's work has been published in scholarly and popular publications, including the Journal of Design History, Dwell, Journal of the Archives of American Art, and the Journal of Modern Craft. She co-edited A Dark, A Light, A Bright: The Designs of Dorothy Liebes with Susan Brown. She has received research grants from the Graham Foundation, the New York State Council for the Arts, Center for Craft, Creativity, and Research, Nordic Culture Point, and the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation.

Annie Coggan

Annie Coggan

Associate Professor, Pratt Institute School of Design

Annie Coggan is a designer, educator, and principal at Chairs + Buildings Studio, a multiscale design studio based in Brooklyn with Caleb Crawford. She is a full time associate professor at Pratt Institute School of Design. Coggan’s practice involves textiles, furniture, and drawings to create a haptic research agenda.

She has been awarded The Fields of Future Fellowship at the Bard Graduate Center in the spring of 2023, a Winterthur Museum Creator/Maker Fellowship for 2018-2019, and an Artist in Residence position at Boisbuchet, Domaine Boisbuchet, France, in 2021. She has published A Public Space Books, The Book of Errors, a book of illustrated essays looking at the complicated preservation of three American historic houses through drawings and ephemera. She received her B.A. from Bennington College in Vermont and her Master of Architecture from SCI-Arc in Los Angeles.

Deborah Schneiderman

Deborah Schneiderman

Professor of Interior Design, Pratt Institute School of Design

Deborah Schneiderman, RA, LEED-AP, is a professor of interior design at Pratt Institute and principal/founder of deSc: architecture/design/research. Schneiderman’s scholarship and praxis explore the emerging fabricated interior environment and its materiality.

Schneiderman’s publications include the books Inside Prefab: The Ready-Made Interior; The Prefab Bathroom; Textile, Technology and Design: From Interior Space to Outer Space; Interiors Beyond Architecture; Interior Provocations: History, Theory, and Practice of Autonomous Interiors; Appropriated Interiors; Interiors onEdge (in press); and The Prefabricated Interior (in contract). She has published multiple journal articles and chapters in edited volumes, including The Interior Architecture Theory Reader (Routledge) and The Handbook of Design for Sustainability (Bloomsbury).

Schneiderman has exhibited work and lectured internationally for peer-reviewed conferences and invited venues, including the Storefront for Art and Architecture, The Center for Architecture, and Van Alen Institute Books. Schneiderman earned her Bachelor of Science in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University and MArch from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).

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