The Department of Interior Design, Jain (Deemed-to-be University), hosted a national level conference titled “Interior Design Practice: Past, Present, and Future” on 9 January 2016 at School of Graduate Studies.
The program was inaugurated by Dr. N. Sundararajan, Vice Chancellor, Jain University and Dr. R. Shanti Iyer, Director, School of Graduate Studies, Jain University. Nationally acclaimed and award winning architects, Aparna Narasimhan (Venkataramanan Associates) and George John (RC Architecture Pvt. Ltd) along with practicing architect Arun Swaminathan, member of the Board of Studies, Jain (Deemed-to-be University), were the esteemed panelists for the conference.
The distinguished panel shared experiences of their projects, which clearly proved that the expectations have dramatically changed over time – however, quality, time and budget continues to be concerns for all. They also shared their thoughts on the current challenges of the profession.
Over the past few years there has been a lot of change in scope for an interior design professional from conventional ‘commercial’ and ‘residential’ interiors. It appears that specialization is going to be the order of the day. The advent of new materials, construction technology, and operational procedures have radically changed the designs of the future.
Sincerity, punctuality, and an interest to learn are the expectations from a trainee or a fresh graduate. Professional interior designers have the education and experience necessary to manage the complex tasks of designing and managing the construction of interior environments. They receive training on building technology, ergonomics, environmental issues, and local building and fire codes, in addition to studying design fundamentals. They bring together technical expertise and a comprehensive understanding of design to enhance the functionality and quality of interior spaces.
After the initial round of questions, the floor was opened for a question and answer session. The students from various architectural and interior design colleges in and around Bangalore, namely, Mount Carmel College, Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology, Idea Institute of Management and Technology, and R.V School of Architecture fielded questions to the panelists. The inquisitive nature of the students created an engaging environment for further discussions and debates.
The event achieved its aim by imparting knowledge to a crowd of 200 students, by the labor and sweat put in by the Convener, Capt. (Dr.) Rekha Sinha and the various organizers.
The session ended with a vote of thanks and lunch.