People, Places, Program

Graeme Brooker


Professor Graeme Brooker is Head of Interiors at The Royal College of Art, London. He has published widely on many aspects of the interior and in particular the reuse of existing buildings. His most recent publications include Adaptations (Bloomsbury 2016) and Key Interiors Since 1900 (Laurence King 2013). He has co-authored numerous books on the interior including the highly acclaimed Re-readings, (RIBA 2005, Volume 2 - 2018).

He is the founder and director of the charity Interior Educators (IE), the national subject association for all interior courses in the UK. His current projects include, The Story of the Interior (Phaidon 2020), a reworking of Gombrich’s classic publication, but utilising the narratives of enclosed spaces.


The symposium presents seven contemporary positions on interior design theory plus a keynote by Graeme Brooker (RCA, London).

On the conference’s second day, five panels discuss current topics and issues from different angles. Researchers, educators, and professionals from six continents present fifteen distinct regional and occupational perspectives in order to foster Discussion & Debate.

Click below to download the full programme. Admission is free with registration.

Book of Abstracts

The Book of Abstracts contains the abstracts of the keynote and all papers presented at the conference plus biographical information on the speakers.

Please note that the Book of Abstracts is only available online and will not be distributed in print at the conference in order to avoid unnecessary printing and waste.

Click below to download the Book of Abstracts (pdf).

Conference Organisation

The conference is organised by BAU International Berlin - University of Applied Sciences, Prof. Dr. Carola Ebert, Chair of Interior Design, History and Theory of Architecture and Design.

Scientific Committee: Graeme Brooker, Royal College of Art, UK; Carola Ebert, BAU International Berlin, Germany; Imma Forino, Politecnico di Milano, Italy; Tüüne-Kristin Vaikla, ECIA, Estonia

Conference Organisation: Carola Ebert and Lisa Forster

Accommodation Info

Berlin offers a great variety of accommodation. The conference’s venue is centrally located and participants should not have any difficulties finding a hotel nearby.

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However, as Berlin is popular all year and the conference takes place before the Pentecost/Whitsun weekend, we highly recommend to make bookings well in advance.


The conference is free. However, seating is limited. Please secure your seat and register for the symposium and/or the follow-up discussion.


On the first day, the conference “Interior – inferior – in theory? Contemporary positions in interior design theory” addresses the discipline’s current status, its theoretical disposition and the nexus between research teaching and profession in seven academic papers plus a keynote by Graeme Brooker (RCA, London).


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Discussion & Debate

The conference’s second day continues the discussion of interior design theory and discipline building in a more interactive format. Researchers, educators, and professionals from six continents present different regional and occupational perspectives in order to foster a lively exchange.


Registration is no longer possible.