Suzie Attiwill

POSITION

Associate Professor, Interior Design
Higher Degrees Research Supervisor – PhD and Masters
Deputy Dean, Learning + Teaching, School of Architecture + Design

QUALIFICATIONS

PhD (Interior Design) RMIT University, 2013. Research by practice, titled: ?interior, practices of interiorization, interior designs.
Master (Design) RMIT University, 1994. Research by practice, titled: The Reposing Box: the reinvention of the archive.
Bachelor of Arts (Interior Design, 1st class Hons) RMIT University, 1991. Project titled: The Collectors. 
Certificate of Applied Arts Melbourne School of Textiles, Weaving, 1986.
Bachelor of Arts (Honours in Fine Arts and Indian Studies) University of Melbourne, 1983. Thesis title: The Modern Fairytale. The Café Aubette, Strasbourg, 1928

RESEARCH + PRACTICE

Suzie’s creative research practice poses questions of interior and interiority in relation to contemporary conditions of living, inhabitation, subjectivity, pedagogy and creative practice. The research is conducted through a practice of designing with a curatorial inflection attending to arrangements (and re-arrangements) of spatial, temporal and material relations.

Current research projects include:

urban + interior – a collaborative publication project bringing together a editorial team situated in Milan, Madrid and Melbourne to foster an international research network addressing the proposition urban + interior; beyond building with Gregory Nicolau (Australian Childhood Trauma Group) focuses on the situation of residential care homes for young people who have been placed in government care as a result of family abuse and/or neglect; and a series of curatorial experiments in ecologies of learning – physical, social and mental.

Suzie’s PhD titled ‘?interior, practices of interiorizations, interior designs’ was a practice-based research PhD that questioned dominant phenomenological models of interior and interiority to re-pose concepts of interior in relation to exteriors and as a practice/process of interiorization. The research was conducted through curatorial and exhibition practice. 

Areas of research supervision focus on the concept of interior and interiority in relation to practices of design, art, craft, theory, writing and curating.

RELATIONSHIPS WITH INDUSTRY

Since 1992, Suzie has had an independent practice that involves the design of exhibitions, curatorial work, writing and working on a range of interdisciplinary projects in Australia and overseas. Her practice has received peer review and esteem evidenced through the invitation of some of the most notable design practitioners and art institutions in Australia, including the architectural firm Denton Corker Marshall and graphic designer Garry Emery. She has extensive experience as a journal editor and exhibition curator.

Design practitioner: 1992 to current
Artistic Director, Craft Victoria, 1996 to 1999
Interior designer, Woods Bagot Architects, Melbourne, 1992 to 1993