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.

Savitri Gandakusumah

In 2003, after graduating with a master of design from Bond University, Savitri was asked by her professor to teach interior design at a private college. Savitri's passion for teaching grew from more than 10 years of experience, where she has successfully developed an extensive expertise in teaching interior design. Savitri has not only experience in online tutoring but also face to face education at many well known educational establishments.

Savriti has also fulfilled a variety of academic co-ordinator roles for private colleges, where she has been in charge of running fashion, graphics and interior design schools.

Besides teaching, Savitri is also a content writer for several private colleges, developing interior design content units for teaching delivery.

Professionally, Savitri has worked as an interior designer for fit-out companies in the commercial sector. In 2016, she decided to start her own business called Dreampods Group, a boutique interior design studio specialising in branding, Interior design and fit outs for commercial, retail and hospitality spaces.



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.

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.



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.


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 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, in 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 weekly contributor for Houzz and a member of the DIA.



Ashley Vancardo

Ashley is the creative and passionate interior design stylist behind Ashley Van Design where her services include interior design, e-design, property staging and styling, colour consultations and freelance assignments.

Nothing excites Ashley more than the process of space planning, styling and making a space live up to its full potential. Helping homeowners make their personal space work for their lifestyle and/or redesigning it to reflect the current real estate market is what gets her most excited.

Ashley is a very proud graduate of The Interior Design Institute. Through our course, she acquired the knowledge, skills and confidence to pursue her dream of being a creative entrepreneur. She also has a great deal of administrative experience from past positions held with one of the top five banks in the world, in the mortgage administration and sales support departments.

In addition to working with clients, you will find her blogging about interior design, DIY projects, trends, sourcing and offering vintage rugs and more. Some of her work has been featured in trade magazines and the school prospectus. She also recently became a home influencer for a major Canadian retailer, which is a fabulous opportunity.



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.



I spent considerable time researching on the Internet and discovered The Interior Design Institute, past students sung its praises, and I loved the way it was structured. Looking back, it is one of the best life choices I have ever made....

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Beaumaris, VIC

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