Interior Educators to come together at Leeds Metropolitan University
The full-day event will take place in the Rose Bowl at the University's City Campus on Wednesday 27 November, and will see interior academics and experts attending from across 34 UK institutions.
Interior Educators (IE) is the national subject association for all Interiors courses in the UK. It is the national authority on Interior education and is an advocate for the promotion and recognition of excellence and intellectual rigor within the diverse range of courses in the UK.
It provides an international platform for debate and the exchange of ideas and practice effecting the education of designers of interior space. Members join the organisation by making a presentation of their course to a select panel of colleagues. This process is one of advocacy and allows IE to monitor general trends within the discipline and within the wider context of Higher Education.
Peter Dixon, a Senior Lecturer in Leeds Met's School of Art, Architecture & Design and Trustee and Chair for Promotion at IE, said: "IE consists of almost all of the best UK-based undergraduate BA Honours Interiors courses, and is the benchmark of quality within the provision. The IE was formed in Manchester in 2006 by a small group of thirteen educators aware of the increasing interest and potential of the subject, particularly in relation to other spatial disciplines.
"Seven years on and IE has gone from strength to strength. As of last year IE has been a registered charity, and during this AGM we will be considering what's in store for us over the next three years. Items to be discussed include the possibility of IE expanding further afield than the UK and creating an international standing. During the meeting there will also be application presentations from academics representing interior degrees at a further eight institutions in the UK, all of who wish to join IE."
IE currently has six panels representing membership, finance, promotions, events, research and fellows. It holds its annual show in July in London, showcasing the graduate work of its member courses. This year, its fifth show, attracted over 4,500 visitors to a four-day event presenting over 450 students' work.