On Wednesday, 23rd of November, between 18:00 and 19:30, the second Interior Architecture Talk of the Fall Semester 2022/23 will take place. Our Guest, Inge Somers will talk about "Theorizing the Interior Discipline: Perspectives and Protagonists".
Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions and discuss.
The Interior Architecture Talk will take place online. Click here to join the virtual talk.
Students across all disciplines are invited to participate in interdisciplinary exchange. Be inspired and get to know new perspectives!
About the lecture series
The Interior Architecture Talks at the Faculty of Architecture and Design, Berlin International University of Applied Sciences, address the theme "Interior Architecture. Autonomy and Interdisciplinary Relations.“
Four international speakers present their work and discuss with respondents from Germany – focusing on core topics like adaptive reuse, the theorization of the interior discipline, the notion of interiority, and interior design’s relationship to architecture.
The lecture series "Interior Architecture. Autonomy and Interdisciplinary Relations" is supported by Netzwerk Architekturwissenschaft e.V. with funding from Sutor-Stiftung.
The Fall 2022/23 Interior Architecture Talks are an online series, partially hybrid, and open to the public.
About Inge Somers
Inge Somers (°1965) graduated as an interior architect at The Henry Van de Velde Institute in Antwerp (Belgium) in 1989. Between 1989 and 2006, she developed her skills as a professional interior architect, working in different design offices. In 2006 she became a full-time lecturer at the University College of Antwerp, where she guided the process of ‘academisation’ of the interior programme in view of the integration into the University of Antwerp in 2013.
In September 2017 Inge obtained a PhD in Interior Architecture, titled "Advancing Interiors: Interiorist Voices on Identity Issues". This fundamental and theoretical research focuses on the disciplinary identity issues, characterizing the professionalization process of interior architecture. Somers dissected the different dynamics at play in the process of interior architecture becoming a discipline in its own right, with special attention to the recently growing body of theory within the discipline. In February 2020 she was appointed as a tenure track professor and teaches history and theory courses in the bachelor and master programme of interior architecture.
Currently, she takes up the position of educational coordinator of the interior programme of the Faculty of Design Sciences University of Antwerp.
About the talk
Interior architecture is generally characterized as a young academic discipline. The evolution of the discipline from a historically practice-oriented to a more academic focus is a late twentieth century early twenty-first-century phenomenon that was accompanied by a significant increase of contributions to the body of theory of interior architecture. The various content tendencies detectable within this growing theoretical foundation - each represented by its own protagonists - illustrate the disciplinary identity concerns and define the outlines of this young academic discipline