Interior Design Course Tutors

Robert Parisi

Robert Parisi's journey into the world of architecture and interior design began at an early age, nurturing a lifelong passion that has since blossomed into an inspiring career. Hailing from the vibrant design landscape of Australia, Robert has firmly established himself as a visionary designer, known for crafting extraordinary projects that captivate the imagination.

Robert earned his bachelor's degree in architecture from The University of Technology, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to honing his craft. Following this, he embarked on a professional journey that led him to work with some of the most prestigious and renowned firms in the industry, amassing a wealth of experience and expertise along the way.

His innovative and exquisite designs quickly gained recognition, attracting the attention of prominent magazines and publications, including Archdaily, Trends, Houses, The Local Project, ArchiPro, Kitchens and Bathrooms Quarterly, and Indesign. Being featured in these esteemed outlets is a testament to the exceptional quality and creativity inherent in Robert's work.

Today, Robert Parisi runs his own architecture and interior design practice and stands at the forefront of the design world, armed with invaluable knowledge and a profound understanding of what it takes to transform spaces into remarkable living experiences. His portfolio of projects serves as a testament to his incredible talent and unique design sensibilities.

robertparisi.com.au

@robertparisiarchitecturedesign

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

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 twenty 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 DIA and the National Association for the Visual Arts.

lindabistricic.com

@lindabistricic

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, New Zealand, 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

Vicki Mullins

Vicki Mullins started her career as a graphic designer in the magazine publishing industry and worked as a freelance artist, painting commission artwork for interior designers and private clients. During this time, she developed a passion for interior design whilst renovating her house as a hobby. After completing six large-scale renovation projects, she decided to study interior design formally and turn her passion into a career.

She has worked as an architectural lighting designer and interior designer on residential, commercial, retail and hospitality projects, allowing her to combine her love of colour and design fundamentals with the more technical requirements of lighting design.

During her time in the training and assessment sector, Vicki has passionately worked with Melbourne Polytechnic, NSW TAFE and now with our team at IDI. She is also a member of the DIA.

As our head tutor, Vicki has a wealth of knowledge and now leads our education team, in addition to hosting various online workshops for our students and curriculum development.

She is a people-orientated leader and mentor with a keen interest in empowering students to reach their full potential and become future designers.

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 ten years before working with theatre producers, such as Michael Edgley, Kevin Jacobson and Cameron Macintosh.

Her twenty-five 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, is a member of the DIA, runs her own interior design company and consults on predominantly domestic projects, specialising in kitchen, bathrooms and colour schemes.

wendiannesnyderinteriors.com

Helen Morrow

With over twenty years in both large-scale hospitality and corporate projects, Helen Morrow is a highly experienced interior designer with a lifelong passion for design and a unique international perspective. Originally from the United States, she has worked both in Philadelphia, New York City and Sydney.

With a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Drexel University, Helen’s professional focus has been in the commercial interior design industry, both in workplace and hospitality design, and she has worked with many large well-known clients, casino operators and restaurant owners in bespoke interior projects across the world. She is proficient in best-practice industry design and construction methodologies across numerous CAD and graphic programs.

A natural mentor and teacher with a Certificate in Training and Assessment, she has also taught interior design in certificate, diploma and Bachelor of Design courses in various educational centres and is currently practising design within a large multi-discipline architectural firm. Helen’s professional commitments extends to promoting diversity and inclusion in the architectural community, actively attending industry events and participating in sustainability initiatives within her firm.

A firm believer in a healthy work and life balance, Helen is an avid surf ski paddler and spends most weekends paddling, as well as spending social time with close friends and family.

Laura Encinas Ortega

Laura Encinas Ortega 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 Rijksen 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 currently lives an expat life in The Netherlands.

whisperingbold.com

@whisperingbold

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Ocean Reef, WA

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