Professor Annamaria Lambri, Associated Professor and Outreach Coordinator, Interior Design Department, The American University in Dubai and Professor Natalia Albul, Affiliated Researcher, The American University in Dubai, have been selected to present their study at the prestigious 2021 Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Annual Conference: “Dialogue: Diversity + Design” on March 1 – 5, 2021. The research focuses on the effects of the open studio environment on the design major students’ perceptions of their learning experiences.
The abstract was accepted after a Peer Review process, and the research was also published in the IDEC conference proceedings.
The focus of the study is students’ learning experiences related to their collaboration and individual work efficacy. Students’ learning experiences are influenced by their physical environment (Kariippanon et al., 2019). Studio space is a central aspect of interior design students’ learning experiences, where they spend long hours working in class or on their homework, in groups or individually. Furthermore, studio is the main space for students to receive studio instruction. This study explores how the studio environment affected students learning experiences and perceptions with the focus on how open space has affected students’ collaboration patterns.