Graham Savage was a highly regarded design educator and one of two visionary co-founders of the present GIDE network which was formally established as ‘GIDE’ in 2003. However, its legacy goes back to 1993 when Graham and Nansi van Geetsom, [Thomas More University College Mechelen, Belgium] first collaborated in a shared project at that time- delivering a new format of European art and design collaboration which has formed the foundation of GIDE today. GIDE has since developed from those early days to now include eights nations and though emerging initially from Interior Design higher education has become increasingly interdisciplinary. From 1993, Graham was at the centre of an experimental and evolving network and worked with earlier partners from Art Schools and Universities from Spain, the Netherlands, France and Italy. In recent years new guests schools have included Canada , USA [2010-14] and now has a new member from China. Since then GIDE has become a major feature in each partners academic curriculum producing annual research publications, exhibitions, international workshop weeks and student led symposia for new and existing international students and staff.
Graham was immensely proud to have been pivotal in establishing the GIDE experience with Nansi at a time of considerable change across the HEI sector here in the UK and in Europe. During his retirement from Leeds in 201, Graham remained a wise guardian of student experience through GIDE events and an inspirational and influential figure in helping to steer the network into new uncharted territory. Graham’s recent passing away has left us all with a profound sense of saddness but also tremendous gratitude and appreciation for the vision and determination he showed through so many years in developing such an exciting collaborative network.
Graham studied Industrial Design in 1964 at Ealing School of Art and after working as a designer in industry attended the world famous RCA Royal College of Art graduating in 1971. In 1973 Graham moved to Leeds College of Art as Course Leader of BA(Hons) Product Design – and later became Head of Interior Design for twelve years. It was during his time at Leeds that GIDE, and its predecessor became a fixture in the curriculum. In addition to his leadership and vision in develop the network he was also England’s GIDE Coordinator. Graham’s outstanding achievement, ambition for his student’s and his internationalism was acknowledged at the closing ceremony of the GIDE Leeds 2016 international workshop week with the Graham Savage prize now being awarded each year in all following GIDE workshops.
Professor Cynthia Mohr, Chair of Design at the CVAD – College of Visual Arts&Design / University of North Texas UNT, was IDEC President Elect 2014-15, and IDEC President 2015-16. In her 40 year academic career she has taught in Oregon, Kansas and Tennessee before coming to the University of North Texas in the fall of 2003. Certified as a professional designer by the NCIDQ, her professional work is varied and includes experiences in both residential and contract design. As an educator, her research focuses on the interaction of design, culture and pedagogy. Professor Mohr has a strong commitment to study abroad experience for students. She has organized and led annual spring break trips to Europe and study abroad courses to the United Kingdom, Italy, and France. At UNT she was instrumental in the creation of the first formal student/faculty exchange for the College of Visual Arts and Design with Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee in Scotland. More recently she established a formal exchange with Thomas More University in Belgium and is in process of developing new exchanges for CVAD students with two universities in the United Kingdom. She is a professional member of the Interior Design Educators Council serving that organization as Regional Chair, editor of both the Innovative Teaching Manual and the online version of the E-Record, Collaborative Coordinator for Teaching, Director of Teaching and was recently elected to serve as President – Elect 2014-15 and President 2015-16.
Lenka Kavčič is Slovenian architect and a director of Odprte Hise Sloveniji (Open House Slovenia), worked in industry for many years as an architectural planner, interior designer and spatial researcher. She received the gold BIO 16 award, and participated in various international exhibitions (European Design, Berlin 2003 in Osaka, Japan, 1998). She worked previously at the Faculty of Design in Ljubljana as a Vice Dean, Professor and lead for Interior Design amongst other higher education roles. Her area of expertise is education of interior architectural design and interior design in residential premises and public facilities. She also take part in many social design projects. Internationally she is active in GIDE group (Group for International Desin Education). Since 2010 she has been leading and actively participating in the international art research platform A.L.I.C.E.(ARCHITECTURE.LANDSCAPE.INTERIOR.DESIGN. EDUCATION), which links architecture and design academies of the Western Balkans, Russia and the USA.
She has also participated in establishing the group Architecture and children which operates within the Chamber of Architecture and Spatial planning of Slovenia, where they regularly organize expert workshops and trainings for teachers. She strongly believes that the importance and the role of education about buildings, architecture and interior design nowadays represent a fundamental activity which requires experienced, highly educated, knowledgeable and energetic experts, so that the expertise we all want can be developed and achieved.
Taymoore R. Balbaa is Assistant Professor at Ryerson University’s, Faculty of Communication and Design and teaches in the School of Interior Design. Toronto, Canada. He was guest Professor at the GIDE Ljubljana international workshop in Feb 2013. He is a licensed architect in Canada and in the EU, and a founding partner of Toronto-based Atelier3AM. In 2011 he received the Young Architect Award, granted by the RAIC and, in 2005, received the Canada Council for the Arts’ Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners, working and conducting research in Spain, West Africa, Greece, and Egypt. He received his Masters of Architecture from the University of Waterloo and won the RAIC Medal for his thesis. His body of work is geared towards issues of community, including spaces for music, libraries, temporary public structures, educational buildings, cultural centres, and projects of urban revitalization. In 2012 he was appointed Assistant Professor at Ryerson University’s School of Interior Design. At both Graduate and Undergraduate levels, Taymoore has taught at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design (University of Toronto), and at Ryerson University’s Dept. of Architectural Science, and has lectured at universities in Berlin, Toronto, Napoli, Tunis, Istanbul, Sardegna, and Ottawa.