Free, bookings required. Book your attendance before 3:00pm AEDT on 21 March 2022 by emailing [email protected]. A zoom link and password will be forwarded to you.


Mon 21 Mar
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm



Lying motionless, listless. Consuming time; being present,each moment folds into another. Surfaces becoming expanses ofinflections of hue. Normality expands into a stream of observing luminosity. Still image from video by Chora Carleton, 2021


Presented by IDEA Journal & AADR publishers

(Extra) Ordinary Interiors : Practising Critical Reflections is an online panel discussion on the various modes of criticality and reflection on specific interior environments in ways that expand upon that which is ordinary (of the everyday, common, banal, or taken for granted). 

The panel discussion has two themes: First, the desire to amplify critical reflection as a key practice. In short, to prompt interior designers, interior architects, and spatial designers to be more proactive and experimental in asserting their specialist knowledge and expertise as critical commentary. This asks to reconsider the role of critique and criticism in scholarly and creative works, or, to demonstrate how to reflect critically upon a design and to locate the design’s relation to material, political, social, cultural, historical and geographical concerns. 

The second themes takes heed of the ordinary, and how, in its intense observation, what is normal or often taken for granted exceeds itself, becomes extra or more ordinary. Everyday spaces such supermarkets, service stations, laundry mats, hardware stores, parks and four-way street intersections, and banal gestures such as washing the dishes, walking the dog or street sweeping become subject to critical scrutiny and introspection. 


Dr Julieanna Preston

Julieanna is the Professor of Spatial Practice, Massey University and the current Executive Editor for idea journal. Julieanna has devoted her career towards creative practice research especially around the value of embodied knowing and the agency of intuition, a latent pre-knowing in sensorial-centric bodies of all kinds. Her spatial and art practice includes performance writing and live art works (including sound and vocalisation) focussed on durational experience, intimacy as entanglement, and material constitution including entropy. Recent publications include “Being Under, WITH this room” (Interiors, 2021), “Sounding Out Vacancy: Performing (anything but) Empty Space (JAR 2019) and “Performing Bitumen, Materialising Desiré” (with J. Archer-Martin 2018). Performances include Tyrst (with Andy Lock 2021), RPM hums, choral, viral (2020) and murus (2020). 

Luke Tipene

Luke Tipene is a lecturer and course director of the Bachelor of Design in Interior Architecture at University of Technology Sydney. His research centres on the history, theory, and practice of architectural drawing and how questions of accuracy and uncertainty produce new disciplinary knowledge. Luke has worked as a writer, editor, and peer reviewer; his essays have appeared in publications such as The Journal of Architecture, and he serves on the editorial board of idea journal, for which he was also co-guest editor of the 2021 issue.  

Dr Chris Cottrell

Chris Cottrell is the Program Director of the Bachelor of Spatial Design and Monash University and the current chair of IDEA. His research and design practices explore our relationship to the built environment, with a focus on helping us to recognise and care about the subtle or invisible forces that influence the world around us.