Tutors

Vicki Mullins

Vicki Mullins started her career as a graphic designer working in the magazine publishing industry for 15 years and working as a freelance artist painting artwork by commission for interior designers and private clients. During this time, she developed a passion for interior design renovating houses as a hobby and after completing 6 large scale renovation projects of her own she decided to study interior design formally and turn her passion into a career.

She studied interior design with Melbourne Polytechnic and has since worked as an interior designer with a building company before branching off to specialise in lighting design and taking up further studies in lighting engineering and design with RMIT.

For 6 years she has worked as an architectural lighting designer on residential, commercial, retail and hospitality projects providing her with the opportunity to combine her love of colour, design fundamentals with the more technical requirements of lighting design.

During her time in the industry, Vicki has remained active with the Melbourne Polytechnic and has now moved into a teaching role with the interior design department specialising in colour, lighting, design fundamentals and computer applications used in the design industry.

Vicki is excited to share her wealth of knowledge, from her diverse background, with students of The Interior Design Institute.

Deborah Atkins

Besides being totally passionate about all things related to interior design, Deborah Atkins is the director of an interior design company, Red Door Interiors, and has designed the interiors of homes and businesses in Australia for the past 20 years.

Deborah began her interior design career as a magazine journalist working for a top interior design magazine in South Africa. She worked with international photographers, styling and writing articles on exclusive residential interiors. It was a natural progression from that to immersing herself fully in interior design by working for a few major commercial design companies and then starting her own very successful interior design company in South Africa, where she designed both commercial and residential interiors.

After moving to Australia in 2001 and working for a couple of interior design companies, she then launched her own company, which has designed the interiors of businesses and homes in Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Interior design has seen her travel and design homes and boutique hotels in places like the UK, Cyprus and Seychelles. “It’s demanding and exacting work,” says Deborah, “but that is why I love it – it’s never boring, and there’s always a challenge to resolve!”

Deborah has been teaching and mentoring students of design for the past five years while still working on her own projects and so brings a wealth of experience to her tutoring work.

Deborah has 4 fur babies – a “toy moodle” called Charlie, and three cats, Ziggie, Scarlett and Max – whom she adores.

When she isn’t engrossed in work, Deborah enjoys painting, working on home projects, and long walks with Charlie on the beach.

reddoorinteriors.com.au

Linda Bistricic

Linda has a Bachelor degree in Interior Design from RMIT, Melbourne, having worked with the iconic Bates Smart, the largest Architecture and Interior Design firm in Australia, on many high profile commercial interior design projects before starting a career in teaching.

Linda has over 20 years experience in teaching interior design at TAFE, as coordinator of the interior design department and in curriculum design and development. She is a passionate design educator known for her empathetic mentoring style and specialises in teaching design fundamentals and methodology, colour and drawing.

Currently, Linda also works in private practice as a colour consultant and as a freelance artist. She is working towards a painting exhibition and expanding her commission base to the interior design industry.

She has been a guest presenter at the Melbourne Home Show since 2017 and is a member of the Design Institute of Australia and the National Association for the Visual Arts.

lindabistricic.com

@lindabistricic

Robert Parisi

Robert Parisi began to develop his interest and passion for architecture and interior design as a young child.

After successfully completing his bachelor of architecture at The University of Technology, Robert worked for several years in an exceptionally reputable and exclusive firm.

With this experience, Robert joined his family’s successful interiors business specialising in interior fittings and finishes, particularly kitchen and bathroom design.

His designs have been featured in several magazines and publications, such as Trends, Houses, Kitchens and Bathrooms Quarterly and Indesign.

Robert is now taking that invaluable knowledge and adapting it to his own projects today.

robertparisi.com.au

@robertparisiarchitecturedesign

Wendi Snyder

Wendi Snyder started a career in theatre, specialising in costume and set design for student and professional productions at the Alexander Theatre Monash University.

She stayed there for 10 years before working with theatre producers, such as Michael Edgley, Kevin Jacobson and Cameron Macintosh.

Her 25 year career in theatre took her around the world where she educated herself in architecture and interior design.

She left show business to work with property developers as an interior designer in commercial but mostly residential applications.

Wendi works as a tutor for The Interior Design Institute, runs her own interior design company and consults on predominantly domestic projects, specialising in kitchen, bathrooms and colour schemes.

wendiannesnyderinteriors.com

Sophie Seeger

Sophie Seeger runs Seeger By Design, a creative company for interior design, decorating, property styling, colour consulting and art sourcing.

Sophie was immersed in art and design from a very young age, having “caught the bug” from her grandmother, a sculptor, and both art-loving parents.

She studied the history of art, colour and design, interior design and journalism. Her career to date has successfully married her passion for art, design and writing.

While running a contemporary art and design gallery, Sophie developed a commission base for her paintings and also discovered her joy for commercial design development, identifying sustainable opportunities and incomes for artists and designers.

This led to two Indigenous rug and textile ranges with licensed deals for clients, including DFAT, Qantas and public libraries. Sophie has a licensing deal for her own abstract art and has works in private collections throughout Australia, South Africa, the US, UK, Denmark and Singapore.

Sophie has worked as an art and design mentor and a guest curator, and she continues to work on residential and boutique retail interior design projects.

She is a contributor for Houzz and a member of the DIA.

seegerbydesign.com

@seegerbydesign

Meghan Yang

Meghan Yang has a bachelor's degree in interior design and has had her own interior design business since 2009. Growing up with a father who did commercial construction in the Los Angeles area, she has always been engulfed in the industry.

Meghan's work ranges from residential to small commercial work, with an emphasis on new builds and major renovation. Although her personal design aesthetic is clean contemporary, she loves layering styles and always represents the client's personal taste in their space. She finds inspiration from art, fashion, and travelling.

Over the past five years, she has designed multiple homes selling for upwards of 8 million dollars. Meghan's work on these types of projects has broadened her already vast knowledge of codes, space planning, materials, and full service design.

Meghan is excited to share her experience in design and working with contractors and architects with our students.

meghanyang.com

@meghan.yang.interiors

Laura Encinas Ortega

Laura studied architectural technology at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Spain and completed her degree at Vitus Bering University in Denmark. In 2003, she moved to the UK where she studied interior architecture at Oxford Brookes University.

Laura has worked in international projects located in the UK, Europe, and Asia within the environs of award-winning architectural practices. Laura has experience working on commercial, high-end residential, cultural and educational projects from large-scale master planning to bespoke furniture solutions.

She also developed specialised knowledge in visual merchandising at BAU School of Design in Barcelona, which led her to work in private commissions involving marketing strategy, retail interior and furniture design as well as collaborating with both national and international retail companies.

In 2018, Laura founded Bicbloc; an architectural design studio focused on creating design solutions to reimagine living spaces that are socially and environmentally sustainable.

bicbloc.com

@bicbloc

Marieke Rijksen

Qualified as a business analyst and marketer, Marieke first built a successful international career in marketing and business development within the medical industry. Next to her career in marketing, Marieke pursued her life-long interest in beautiful interiors and graduated from IDI in 2013.

Fast forward a few years and numerous home renovations, she built a social media presence and shares her signature style online with a few snippets of daily life. Being an IDI graduate herself, she knows how to professionalise a passion for interior but also what it’s like to combine the course with the usual day-to-day commitments.

Her daily inspiration comes from her family, her home, the world around us, and travelling. She has a wonderful, tolerant surfy husband, a teenage son who loves anything prehistoric, a doggy obsessed tween girl, an eternal desire to shuffle everything around in my home, a passion for vintage, upcycling and DIY and holds both a Dutch and Australian passport. She lives an expat life in her home on the canals of Haarlem, in The Netherlands.

whisperingbold.com

@whisperingbold

I needed a course that I could fit in to my busy lifestyle, working in the family business, running a busy household whilst bringing up a family and in between developing my new Interior Design business.

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Palmwoods, QLD

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