The Unmentionables Symposium is an inaugural two-day event hosted by the Department of Interior Architecture at Woodbury University School of Architecture and held at Helms Design Center in Culver City, April 7-8, 2017. Coinciding with the 85th anniversary of the university’s Interior Architecture program, the event highlights the critical changes happening within the discipline today.
Unmentionables is aimed at exploring new narratives for interior architecture and establishing a precedent for welcoming previously unmentioned ideas in spatial practice and theory. The symposium will serve as a provocation for marginalia, taboos, illicit ideas, and undertheorized issues such as critical interiority, the scale of the body, and physical and virtual constructed environments.
The symposium kicks off on Friday, April 7 with a keynote conversation between award-winning novelist Mona Simpson, production designer Bruce A. Block, and 2017 AIGA Medalist and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award recipient Rebeca Méndez. The opening panel will be moderated by Raymund Ryan, Curator of Architecture at the Carnegie Museum of Art.
On Saturday, April 8, three panel discussions, cheekily titled Flavorings, Feelings, and Trimmings, will feature the work of some of the brightest minds in practice. (A full list can be found on the Unmentionables website.) These sure-to-be lively conversations will be moderated by experts in the field of interior architecture and design: Billie Tsien, Principal of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners; Susan Szenasy, editor-in-chief of Metropolis Magazine; and Edward Lifson, former director of communications for the Pritzker Prize. Unmentionables closes with remarks by Rossen Ventzislavov, associate professor of Philosophy at Woodbury University, and Heather Peterson, symposium co-coordinator.
April 7-8, 2017
Helms Design Center, 8745 Washington Boulevard, Culver City 90232