Dr Suzie Attiwill’s research practice poses questions of interior and interiority in relation to contemporary conditions of living, inhabitation, subjectivity, learning and creative practice. The research is conducted through a practice of designing with a curatorial emphasis that focuses on spatial, temporal and material relations. Current on-going projects include: urban + interior – a collaborative publication project bringing together an 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; various projects situated within institutions of learning, involving curatorial experiments in ecologies of learning – physical, social and mental.
Suzie is an associate professor of Interior Design and Deputy Dean of Learning & Teaching, RMIT School of Architecture and Design. From 2005 to 2012, she was program director, Interior Design. Suzie is a member of The Affective Environments Laboratory – http://aelab.org/ Her freelance practice, since 1991, involves exhibition design, curatorial work and writing on interdisciplinary projects in Australia and overseas. Other activities include: artistic director of Craft Victoria (1996-99) and editor of Craft and guest editor, Craft and Design Enquiry; board member/chair of West Space Artist Led Initiative (2006-10); chair of IDEA (Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association, 2006-12) and executive editor of the IDEA Journal (2014-15).