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Tiiu Poldma.

TIIU POLDMA, Ph.D.

Tiiu Poldma is a pioneer in the domain of design research theory. She's a full professor, teacher and researcher at the School of Design, Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and has been an associate professor, Interior Design Program, at the School of Industrial Design since 2000.

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She's also full researcher at the CRIR, (the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal), and currently the Director of the Research Group GRID( Group for Research in Illumination and Design).

Tiiu is one of the few women in Canada with a Doctor of Philosophy in Interior design education. She won the title 'compagnon de Ferdie', for her work in raising the quality of teaching and promoting excellence in professional interior design. She teaches the importance of integrating design with concern for the well-being of the population being served, particularly vulnerable populations such as children and the aged.

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Publications and Conferences 2006-2013
Tiiu Poldma Ph.D.

PUBLICATIONS and COMMUNICATIONS
– AS PROFESSOR, RESEARCHER AND PROFESSIONAL

Books and book chapters
* subject to peer or blind review
  • *Poldma, T. (2013; in submission) Chapter "The Working interior". In Thompson, J.A. and Blossom, N. (Eds.) The Handbook of Interior Design. John Wiley & Sons.Aniticipated date 2012, 15 pages.
  • *Poldma, T. (Ed.; 2013). Meanings of Designed Spaces: Social, Cultural and Philosophical Essays about Interiors, People and Spaces. Fairchild Books/A Division of Bloomsbury Publications, New York, 2013, 477 pages.
  • Poldma, T. (2011) Considering the Ph.D. in Design: About challenges, definitions and foundations. In Wachs, M. & Weinlich, D.(Eds), How to Do a Ph.D. in Design, Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, Hanover, Germany, 2011; 6 pages.
  • * Poldma, T . (2009). Taking Up Space: Exploring the Design Process. New York: Fairchild Publications, 282 pages. *Poldma, T., Sustaining Education : Futuring Interior Design Directions? En Martin, C. & Guerin, D. (Eds.) The State of the Interior Design Profession, Fairchild Books , New York, 2009; 401 409 .
  • * Poldma, T . (2008, book chapter and annex 24 pgs.).The Proposal for a Pluralistic Discourse for Interior Design Education, Research and Practice : Issues, Values and Foundations for the Future. In Khan, S & Powell, B (eds.) IFI Roundtable Conference Thinking into the Future, Singapore : IFI. pp. 149 172 .
  • *Poldma, T. (2005; part of chapter excerpt from Ph.D. thesis). « Mapping my world », in Knowles, G.T., Nelson, L., et Promislow, S. (eds.) (2005). Imagining the Arts informed Thesis or Dissertation . Chapter by Butler Kisber, L., Rudd, C., Stewart, M. : Creating spaces for artful ways in qualitative research. Toronto, ON: Backalong Books, Centre for Arts Informed Research, O
Academic and Research Publications
  • * Poldma, T., Kronish, N. (2013). "Exploring Peoples’ Needs in a Psychiatric Ward: Social Community, Design and the Interior Environment in a Healthcare Setting". Journal of Design Research.
  • Swaine BR, Kehayia E, Poldma T, Longo C, Ahmed S, Archambault P, Kairy D, Fung J, Lamontagne A, Le Dorze G, Lefebvre H, Overbury O. (2013). Creating a rehabilitation living lab to optimize social participation and inclusion for persons with physical disabilities, ALTER. European Journal of Disability Research, Journal européen de recherche sur le handicap.
  • * Swaine, B., Poldma, T., Labbé, D., Barile M., Fichten, C., Havel, A. Kehayia, E., Mazer, B., McKinley, P. Rochette, A. ( 2013 ; in submission) What facilitates and limits shopping mall use by persons with disabilities and strategies for improvements: Perspectives from persons with disabilities, rehabilitation professionals and shopkeepers. ALTER. European Journal of Disability Research, Journal européen de recherche sur le handicap.
  • * Poldma, T., Desjardins, M., Bertin, S., Mazurik, K., De Grosbois, È., Barile, M., Bousbaci, R., Martel, R., Herbane, Artis, G. (2013; in submission) Understanding People’s Needs in a Community Public Space : About Accessibility and Lived Experience. ALTER. European Journal of Disability Research, Journal européen de recherche sur le handicap.
  • * Poldma, T., Jutras, S., Tissaoui, L., Labbe, D. (2012) Design Issues in Research: How Persons with disabilities and their Families adjust to their Home Interior Environment : A Multi - Disciplinary Study. Conference proceedings of the 2012 IDEC Annual Conference, Baltimore, USA.
  • *Poldma, T., Témisjian, K., Duquette, J., Douville, M., Gresset, J., Cataford, G., Tissaoui, L., McKinley, P. (2012). The Use of Argentine Tango dancing in an Interior Environment to Enhance mobility and Social Activity in Seniors : A Multi- disciplinary Research Study. Conference proceedings of the 2012 IDEC Annual Conference, Baltimore, USA.
  • *Poldma, T. The Interior Spatial Environment: Dynamic 0g Environments and Human Places, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, Springer Publications, 2011; 15: 539 - 550.
  • *Poldma, T. (2011). Transforming Interior Spaces: Enriching Subjective Experiences Through Design Research. Journal of Research Practice, 2010; 6(2) : 12 pages.
  • Butler - Kisber, L. & Poldma, T. The power of Visual approaches in qualitative inquiry: The use of collage and concept mapping in experiential research. Journal of Research Practice, 2010; 6(2): 17pages.
  • Poldma. T., Jutras, S., Lasalle, V., Tissaoui, L. The Residential Appropriation and Well - being of People with Trauma Sue to Paralysis and Their Families: A Multi - Disciplinary Research Study. In Uber, T. (ed.) IDEC International Conference 2010 Proceedings, March 2010; 12 pages. *Lasalle, V. & Poldma, T. (2010). La personne vieillissante et son experience vecue en espace interieur./ The Aging Person and their Real, Lived Experience in the Interior Space. Conference proceedings from the ACFAS 2010 Conference round table Issues of Aging in Environmental Design - The Views from Differing Scales Veillissement et enjeux d’amenagement; Regard a partir de differents echelles, Montreal, QC, May 2010.
  • Poldma, T. Aesthetic meaning - making as Design Thinking: Communicating within the Design Process. In Uber, T. (Ed.) IDEC International Conference 2010 Proceedings, March 2010; 10 pages.
  • Poldma, T., Learning the Dynamic Processes of Color and Light in Interior Design, Journal of Interior Design (JID), 2009, 34(2); 15 pages. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/ Lasalle, V. & Poldma, T. (2009). Le sens de l’habitation en design d’intérieur (The sense of habitation in interiors) ARQ, Architecture - Québec, 2009. 2, 2009 (146), pp. 8 - 9.
  • *Poldma, T. (2008). Dwelling futures & lived experience: Transforming interior space. Design Philosophy Papers, www.desphilosophy.com/dpp/
    dpp_journal/paper2/body.html; 8 pages. www.desphilosophy.com/dpp/ Poldma, T. (2008). Interior Design at a Crossroads: Embracing Specificity through Process, Research and Knowledge. Journal of Interior Design (JID), 3(33), 11 p.
  • Poldma,T. & Asher - Thompson, J. Proposing a Dialogue in Interior Design : New Frontiers and Possibilities. In Uber, T., IDEC International 2009 Conference Proceedings, 2009; 15 pages.
  • Poldma, T., Interior Design at a Crossroads: Embracing Specificity through Process, Research, and Knowledge Journal of Interior Design, 2008; 33(3): 11 pages. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/
  • Poldma, T. & Tissaoui, L. Socio - cultural consideration of Interior Finishing in Cultural Context : The Dichotomy between Ceramic Use and Socio - cultural Effects in an Emergent Modern Society – The Case of Tunisia. In Uber, T. IDEC International 2009 Conference Proceedings, 2008; 8 pages.
  • Poldma, T. (2007). The Proposal for a Pluralistic Discourse for Interior Design Education, Research and Practice: Issues, Values and Foundations for the Future. Proceedings of the IFI Conference, New York.
  • *Poldma, T (2006). Building Human Issues into Design Studio Experiences : Empathy, Humanity and Social Responsibility. In - form6 :The human aspect of design. 6(06), pp.47 - 57.
  • Poldma, T. (2005)« A Complex Process», Perspectives, Journal of Interior Design Education and Research, vol.31, nu.2, pp. vii – x (editorial invitation).
  • *Poldma, T. (2005). «Teaching Design: Confronting Homelessness.» Design Philosophy Papers www.desphilosophy.com/dpp/
  • *Poldma, T. & Wesolkowska, M. (2005). «Globalization and Changing Conceptions of Time - Space: A Paradigm Shift for Interior Design?» In - Form 5, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.
  • *Poldma, T. & Stewart, M. (2004). «Visual and Textual Interfaces in Design Research: Considering the Value of Concept Maps as an Interior Design Research Tool». IDEA Journal 2004, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 71 - 80.
  • *Poldma, T. & Samuelson, H. (2004). «The SICO Colour Naming Project : Designing for Affective Meaning». IDEA Journal 2004, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 59 - 70.
  • *Poldma, T. & Stewart, M. (2004). «Understanding the Value of Artistic Tools such as Visual Concept Maps in Design and Education Research», Art, Design & Communication in Education Journal, Volume 3 - 3, University of the Arts, London, UK. pp. 141 - 148.
  • *Poldma, T. (2003). «An Interpretive and Contextual Approach to Interior Design Education: A Study about Integrating Theory and Practice». Journal of IDEA, 2003, pp. 107 - 115.
  • *Poldma, T. & Vischer, J. (2003). «Growing a discipline: evolving learning practices in interior design». Journal of IDEA, 2003, pp. 173 - 184.
  • *Poldma, T., Butler - Kisber, L., Allnutt, S., Furlini, L., Kronish,N., Lessard, A., Markus, P. (2003). «Insight and Voice in Artful Analysis; A Co - operative Inquiry». Arts & Learning Research Journal. Vol.19 (1): pp. 127 - 165.

RESEARCH REPORTS (SELECTION)

  • Poldma, T. & Tissaoui, L. Preliminary report on the Pilot Study 1 « Understanding People ‘s Needs in a Commercial Mall, CRIR PSI Project Enabling Environments, CRIR and Université de Montréal, January 2012, 20 p.
  • Poldma, T. Preliminary report on the Pilot Study 2 « Accessibility of a Commercial Mall Environment", CRIR PSI project Enabling Environments, CRIR and Université de Montréal, January 2012, 20 pages.
  • Poldma, T. & Tissaoui, L. Rapport de recherche pour le projet TANGO Research Project Report, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Mai 2011, 20 pages.
  • Poldma, T. & Bertin, S. Lighting Master Plan for the City of Charlottetown. Research report for Homburg, Montréal, Janvier 2010, 20 pages.
  • Poldma, T., & Tissaoui, L., Rapport de recherche sur l’évaluation du cheminement spatial au Centre de réadaptation Constance Lethbridge : comprendre l’adaptation visuelle des usagers, CRIR, Centre de réadaptation Constance Lethbridge et Université de Montréal, Montréal, 2008, 35pages.
  • Poldma, T., De Grosbois, É., Relance à la vie sociale : le design au service de la réadaptation, Centre de Réadaptation Constance - Lethbridge, CRIR et Université de Montréal, 2007, final report, 25 pages.
  • Poldma, T., De Grosbois, É., Lighting Study at the Moe Levin Center of Douglas Hospital. «Analysis Report of Phase 1: Exploration Study of the Effects of Light on Behavior and Wellbeing of people with Dementia in a Specialized Environment», 2007, preliminary report, Montréal, 39 pages.
  • Poldma, T. & DeGrosbois, È. ( 2007). Adapting the Interior Environment for the Readaptation Centre Day Programs at the Constance Lethbridge; L’intégration des aspects de l’environnement avec la programmation et espaces pour le programme de relance au Centre de Réadaptation Constance Lethbridge. Centre de réadaptation Constance Lethbridge et Université de Montréal. 20 pages.
  • Poldma, T., Dastoor, D., Brack, H. (2007). Lighting Study at the Moe Levin Center of the Douglas Hospital. Analysis report of Phase 1: exploration Study of the Effects of Light on Behaviour and Well - being of People with Dementia in a Specialized Environment. Final report on the Lighting Study , Douglas Hospital, Moe Levin Centre & Université de Montréal., 23 pages.
  • Poldma, T., & Samuelson, H., Vers les futurs environnements de travail. Rapport final pour Devencore Worldwide Inc., Montréal, 2006, 40 pages.
  • Poldma, T & Grosbois, E. (2006). Rapport finale sur la réadaptation d’une espace des activités pour les personnes en démence dans une unité prothétique pour le CHSLD Saint – Laurent, Montréal, 34 pages.
Abstracts
  • Poldma, T. (2 contributions), In Friedman, K., Love, T., Corte - Réal, E. (Eds.) Design Research Society Wonderground International Conference 2006 Lisboa, Portugal : IADE Instituto d’artes visuals, design e marketing, ESD escola superior de design, 2006, 2 pages.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS –
journal articles, reviews and publications for the general public

  • Portillo, M & Poldma, T. Janus Perspective: Looking Forward, Looking Back. Editorial Perspective of the JID, 2010; 35(3) : v - vii.
  • Les temps de l’aménagement 1968 – 2008. Forty years of the School of Environmental Design, University of Montreal, Review committee : Ackad, M., Lasalle, V., Poldma, T., Montréal : Trames, 2008.
  • Poldma, T., (GK Van Patter, Ed. contributeur invité), "Beautiful Diversion: Response to Nussbaum’s "Are Designers the Enemy of Design?" Contributors: Fifty Invited Members of the Global Design Community, NextD Journal Special Issue, New York, April 2007; 1 page.
  • Poldma, T., Adapting the Interior Environment: case study using light, color and research as catalysts for interior design problem solving, Interiors and Sources, Etats - Unis, 2006; Vol. July/August: 58 - 59.

CONFERENCES and WORKSHOPS

CONFERENCE/WORKSHOP ORGANIZATION
  • May 2013 *Ménard. L., Poldma, T., C. Longo, A. Brasseur, S. Bertin. Innovation et recherche en santé : l’approche Living Lab/ Innovation et Research in Health : the Living Lab Approach, 81ème CONGRÈS de ACFAS, Savoirs sans frontiers. Une collaboration entre UQAM/Hôpital Ste. Justine/SAT et CRIR/Université de Montréal/McGill. Université Laval, Québec, QC, 9 – 10 mai 2013. Conference presenters include researchers from around the world in various domains and with the subject of Living Labs. Conference presenters include…..NAME ALL
  • July 2012 Zahedi, M., & Poldma, T. Engaging in collaborative knowledge - building: Innovating using design thinking to build consensus through the use of aesthetic meaning-making. Workshop for DRS International Conference, Bangkok, Thailand
  • July 2012 Valtonen, A., & Poldma, T. Co - Conference Chairs, DRS International Conference, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Lighting workshop students Beirut
  • July 2012 Zahedi, M., & Poldma, T. Engaging in collaborative knowledge - building: Innovating using design thinking to build consensus through the use of aesthetic meaning- making Workshop for DRS Bangkok, Thailand
  • October 2011 Zahedi, M. & Poldma, T. Defining goals through collaboration using design thinking: Building consensus among designer- user- client- stakeholders. Workshop for the IASDR International conference, Delft University, Delft, The Netherlands.
  • Jan - Mars 2011 Poldma, T., Coordinator & Vallée M.- J., curator Modernism at Risk : Perspectives on the Future of the Modern Built Environment Modernisme menacé : perspective sur l’avenir de l’environnement bâti moderne 13/01 - 03/01 2011, Centre d’exposition de l’Université de Montréal Scientific Committee: Georges Adamczyk, Christina Cameron, Claudine Déom, Nicholas Roquet, Tiiu Poldma, Marie - Josèphe Vallée, Nicole Valois Centre de l’exposition de l’Université de Montréal, Faculté de l’aménagement, World Monuments Fund, New York
  • Mai 2010 Bertin, S., Tissaoui, L., Poldma, T. Round Table : Complexity of the walkabout of people in the City, towards a Metamorphosis of the Lit Environment. Table ronde animated by T.Poldma, with speakers G. Arpin, M - J. Vallée, M. Joannidis, S. Bertin et L. Tissaoui. Congress ACFAS Découvrir aujourd’hui ce qui sera demain, 78e Congrés de l’Acfas, Montréal.
  • Mars 2010 JID Writer’s Workshop, IDEC International Conference, with JoAnn Asher Thompson, Meg Portillo, Joy Dohr (moderator), Atlanta, GA, Etats - Unis.
  • Juillet 2008 DRS Undisciplined! International Conference Session Chair/Member of Scientific Committee, Session Interactive Research in Design, Sheffield, UK
  • Mai 2008 Torres, J. et André, P. La participation publique en aménagement et en gestion de l’environnement : un objet de dominance ou de marge? Une réflexion sur l’éthique de la participation, Colloque internationale de CEDRIE, Faculté de l’aménagement, Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC (Organizer, Member of Scientific Committee
  • Mars 2008 Conference Chair, Organizer of the Conference IDEC 2008 International Interior Design Educator’s Council Conference ‘Raison d’être’, Montréal, QC.
  • Octobre 2007 Boisvert, M. Réseaux centre - ville Colloque 5e anniversaire de l’observatoire de la ville intérieure Invited Animator and Concluding Remarks
  • Juin 2007 DGrad 07 The First Canadian National Conference on Graduate Education in Design, York University, Toronto, ON (Coorganizer/President Scientific Committee).

TEACHING FORUMS

  • Mars 2007 Poldma, T. Living In Complexity: First Year Design Studio Experiences. IDEC 2007 International Conference: Design and Social Justice, Austin, Texas, USA.
  • Nov.2006 Poldma, T. Fostering Creativity in Children. Atelier/Workshop for the EMSB (Animator and interactive workshop coordinator).

INVITED SPEAKER CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • Oct. 2011 Poldma, T. Aménager l’environnement pour vivre longtemps chez soi. Innovâge Journées sur le vieillissement actif, Montréal, QC.
  • Juin 2011 Poldma, T. L’intégration de la recherche en design aux pratiques de réadaptation pour optimiser l’adaptation de l'environnement intérieur: Enjeux, opportunités et approches pour diverses populations. Conférence to IRGLM members, Institut en Réadaptation Gingras - Lindsay de Montréal, Montréal, QC.
  • Mars 2011 Poldma, T. L'utilisation de la recherche en design sur l'adaptation de l'environnement intérieur pour diverses populations dans une approche interdisciplinaire: enjeux, opportunités et études de cas au sein du CRIR. IRGLM Montréal, QC., Round table at the IRGLM, Montréal, QC.
  • Mars 2011 Jutras, S. Poldma, T., Jutras, D., Sévigny, O., Labbé, D., Coulombe, S., Tissaoui, L. Réappropriation résidentielle des personnes lésées médullaires et de leurs familles. Presentation to the Scientific Committee for the Reappropriation project (CRSH); Centre de réadaptation Lucie Bruneau, Montréal, QC.
  • Nov. 2010 McKinley, P., Poldma, T. Barile, M. A DAY AT THE MALL: Sharing Ideas on What the Ideal Shopping Mall Could Be For Persons With or Without Disabilities. Scientific Café for the project ‘Enabling Environments’, YWCA, Montréal, QC.
  • Sept. 2010 D. Guerin, C.Martin (Eds); Member of Round table S. Bilenduke, T.Poldma, A. Guinan, The State of the Interior Design Profession : Round table to discuss issues in interior design éducation and profession, for the book launch « Sustaining Education : Futuring Interior Design Directions? » at IIDEX, Toronto, ON.
  • Août 2010 Jutras, S., Poldma, T., Jutras, D., Sévigny, O., Labbé, D., Coulombe, S., Tissaoui, L. Conference at CRLB : Projet de réappropriation de personnes lésées médullaires et leurs familles, Centre de réadaptation Lucie Bruneau, Montréal, QC.
  • Nov. 2009 Presentation and Inspirational speaker, Design Thinking Conference, Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Nov. 2009 Poldma, T., The Road to Excellence in Interior Design Research, Faculty of Design, Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Juillet 2007 Poldma, T. The Proposal for a Pluralistic Discourse for Interior Design Education, Research and Practice: Issues, Values and Foundations for the Future, Key note speaker at conférence/ roudn table - IFI The State of the ART, Part II International Round Table – Thinking into the Future, New York, USA.
  • Juin 2007 Invited conference speaker : La formation académique et les pistes de développement disciplinaire, Forum 2007 sur le design d’intérieur. Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC.
  • Juin 2007 Wong, W., Meyer, R., Poldma, T. Round table at DGRAD07: Forum on Graduate Education in design : Development and Directions. Ourtopias: the DX National Design Conference, Design Exchange, Toronto, ON.
Conferences with publications, proceedings or as part of research
(with scientific peer review*)
  • Kehayia, E., Swaine, B., Poldma, T. (2012; accepted). Mall as Living Lab: Creating Enabling environments for persons with disabilities. Workshop, UCLA, CA, October 2012.
  • *Poldma, T., Jutras, S., Tissaoui, L., Labbe, D. Design Issues in Research: How Persons with disabiities and their Families adjust to their Home Interior Environment : A Multi - Disciplinary Study. IDEC Annual Conference, Baltimore, USA. March 2012.
  • *Poldma, T., Témisjian, K., Duquette, J., Douville, M., Gresset, J., Cataford, G., Tissaoui, L., McKinley, P. The Use of Argentine Tango dancing in an Interior Environment to Enhance mobility and Social Activity in Seniors : A Multi - disciplinary Research Study. IDEC Annual Conference, Baltimore, USA. March 2012.
  • Témisjan, K., Douville, M., McKinley, P., Duquette, J., Gresset, J., Poldma, T. Cataford, G., Larivière. Tango et déficience visuelle. Dans le cadre du colloque Tango, culture et santé de l’UQTR. Trois - Rivières, QC, June 2011.
  • *Labbé, D., Tissaoui, L., Jutras, S., Poldma, T., Coulombe, S. Understanding Residential Well - being Through Mixed Methods Research: The Case of Persons Living with Motor Disabilities. EDRA conference Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA 2011, poster presentation), Chicago, USA., May 2011.
  • *Témisjan, K., Douville, M., McKinley, P., Duquette, J., Gresset, J., Poldma, T. Cataford, G., Larivière. Effets du tango argentin sur la qualité de vie des personnes âgées avec déficiences visuelles. Dans le cadre du 13e Symposium scientifique sur l’incapacité visuelle et la réadaptation, Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC., February 2011.
  • Jutras, S., Sylvie Jutras, T. Poldma, D. Jutras, O. Sévigny, D. Labbé, S. Coulombe, L.Tissaoui. Réappropriation résidentielle des personnes lésées médullaires et de leurs familles. Présentation to the Centre of Research at the Centre for readaptation of Lucie Bruneau, Montréal, QC., August 2010.
  • *Témisjan, K., Douville, M., McKinley, P., Duquette, J., Gresset, J., Poldma, T. Cataford, G., Larivière. Tango et déficience visuelle. Colloquium Tango, culture et santé de l’UQTR. Trois - Rivières, QC., June 2010.
  • *Lasalle, V., & Poldma, T. La personne vieillissante et son expérience vécue de l’espace intérieur/ Vieillissement et enjeux d’aménagement/Regards à partir de différentes échelles. Colloque animé par Paula Negron - Poblete. Conférence ACFAS, Montréal, QC, May 2010.
  • *Poldma, T. Bertin, S., Tissaoui, L. (2010). Complexité des parcours des personnes en ville: vers une metamorphose des environnements lumineux. Round table animated by T. Poldma, with conference speakers, G.Arpin, MJ Vallee, M. Joannidis, S.Bertin and L. Tissaoui. ACFAS International Conference, Montreal May 2010.
  • *Poldma, T., Jutras, S., Lasalle, V., Tissaoui, L. (2010). The Residential Appropriation and Well - being of People with Trauma due to Paralysis and Their Families: A Multi - disciplinary Research Study. IDEC International Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2010. 9 p.
  • *Poldma,T.(2010).Aesthetic meaning - making as design thinking: Communicating within the design process. IDEC International Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2010.
  • Kroelinger, M., Martin, C., Poldma, T., Weaver, C. (2010). Panel on Interior Design and Architecture Standards, IDEC International Conference, Atlanta, GA., March, 2010.
  • Butler - Kisber, L., Poldma, T. (June 2009). The power of visual approaches in interpretive inquiry : The use of collage making and concept mapping in experiential research, International Conference 2009 of the Special Interest Group of the DRS on Experiential Knowledge (EKSIG), Londres, Grande Bretagne.
  • *Neiderrer, K., Poldma, T., McLaughlin, S., Summatavet, K., Shumack, K., Haslem, N., Roworth Stokes, S. ( 2009). Experiential Knowledge & Rigour in Research. IASDR Special Session, IASDR International Design Conference, Seoul, South Korea.
  • *Butler - Kisber, L. & Poldma, T. (2009) The power of visual approaches in qualitative inquiry: The use of collage making and concept mapping in experiential research. EKSIG London, UK.
  • *Poldma, T. & Asher Thompson, J.A.(2009). Proposing a Dialogue about Design Research in Interior Design: New Frontiers and Possibilities. IDEC Annual Conference , St. Louis MO, USA.
  • *Tissaoui, L. & Poldma, T. (2009). Socio - cultural consideration of interior finishing in a cultural context: The Dichotomy between ceramic use and socio - cultural effects in an emergent modern society – the case of Tunisia. IDEC Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO, USA.
  • *Poldma, T. & Joannidis, M. (2008). Understanding Today’s Interior Design project: Putting the Design Process into Context. IDEC East Regional conference Raising the Roof, Toronto, ON.
  • *Corbeil, D., Poldma, T., Kronish, N. & Bérubé, D. (2008). Améliorer les pratiques et les soins infirmiers : Adapter l’environnement intérieur d’une unité psychiatrique. Congrès des infirmiers et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ), Montreal, QC.
  • *Poldma, T., & Wilkinson, F. (2008). Adapting the Interior Environment for Life, Universally Speaking. Paper presentation and proceedings of the 9th Global conference on Ageing, IFA, Montréal, QC, September.
  • *Poldma, T. (2007; invited keynote speaker). The Proposal for a Pluralistic Discourse for Interior Design Education, Research and Practice: Issues, Values and Foundations for the Future. Abstract and Oral Presentation, In Caan, S. & Powell, B. (Eds.) IFI Roundtable Conference : Thinking into the Future, New York: IFI pp. 41 - 46.. IFI Conference, New York, USA.
  • *Poldma, T (2007). Emerging Issues in Design Research: Knowledge Production in the Design Disciplines. The First Canadian National Conference on Graduate Education in Design: DGrad 2007, York University, Toronto, Canada.
  • *Poldma, T. ( 2007). Living in Complexity: Building Human Issues into Design Studio Experiences. Teaching Forum, 2007 IDEC International Conference, Austin, Texas.
  • *Poldma, T. (2006). Examining the Human Experience of the Designed Environment: Understanding Discipline - specific Stances in Design Research and Inquiry Conférence Design Research Society pour le design en institution, Wonderground, november, 2006 , Lisbon, Portugal.
  • *Poldma, T. (2006). Integrating design theory and practice: Color, light and dynamic processes in interior design learning experiences. Conférence plénaire, Design Research Society, Wonderground, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Poldma, T. (2006). « Integrating Theory and Practice in the Design Studio; Case studies» IIDEX - The International interior Design Exposition, Toronto, Canada.
  • *Butler - Kisber, L., Davis, D., Poldma,T., Stewart, M. ( 2006). Collage as Analysis and Representation in Qualitative Research. American Education Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference ‘Education in the Public Interest’, San Francisco, USA.
  • *Poldma, T. (2006). Creating and Visualizing Complexity: Contextual Approaches in Qualitative Research. American Education Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference 2006, San - Francisco, USA.
  • Poldma, T. (2006) Living in Complexity : First Year Design Studio Experiences Conference Canadian Interior Design Educator’s Forum, Toronto, Ontario
  • *Chalmers, L., Dann, R., Close, S., Poldma, T (2006) The Role of Theory in Interior Design: Issues, Concepts and Considerations. Session Interior Design : Talking Theoretically IDEC Conference: Innovation and Technology in Design, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
  • Poldma, T. (2006) CRIR Conference to the Research Community The Design of the Interior Environment as an Integral Component of Well - being across the Life - span: Issues, Research and Considerations / L’aménagement de l’environnement intérieur en tant qu’élément intégrant du bien - être au cours de la vie: les enjeux et les considérations en recherche. Centre de réadaptation Constance - Lethbridge & visio - conference ( 8 CRIR Establishments), Montréal, QC.
  • Poldma, T. (2006) Wittgenstein et une esthétique pour le design. Presentation at the master’s course ‘Théories du projet’, AME 6817, M.Sc.A., Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC,
  • *Poldma, T. & Butler - Kisber, L. (2005). Interpretive Inquiry in Design Research: Developing Research and Analysis Tools for the Design Disciplines, Doctoral Education in Design Conference, University of Arizona, Tempe, Arizona, USA.
  • *Poldma,T. & Samuelson, H.(2005) The Color Naming Project: Industry collaboration, graduate education, Doctoral Education in Design Conference, University of Arizona, Tempe, Arizona, USA.
  • *Poldma, T. (2005). Emerging dynamics in design education: Integrating theory and practice as design in the making. Nordic Design Research Conference ‘In the Making’, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • *Poldma, T. (2005) Integrating Theory and Practice in an Interdisciplinary Design Studio Class Through the Exploration of Phenomenological Lived Experience. EAD06: European Academy of Art and Design Conference, Bremen, Germany.
  • Poldma, T. (2005) L’action dans l’environnement et l’intégration des besoins psychologiques avec l’environnement intérieur. Presentation in the course ‘Psychology of the Environment/ Psychologie de l’environnement’, UQAM, Montréal, QC.
  • *Poldma, T & Wesolkowska, M. Community and design research: Bringing Theory and Practice together in university design curriculum, Design Exchange Annual DX Conference Joining Forces, Design Exchange, Toronto.
  • *Poldma, T (2005) Considering Wittgenstein’s legacy for design and architecture: self - reflection and aesthetic meaning.Wittgenstein, l’art, l’architecture, Centre Canadien de l’architecture, Montréal.
  • *Poldma, T., Samuelson, H. (2005) The Color Naming Project : Industry collaboration, graduate education. Doctoral Education in Design Conference, University of Arizona, Tempe, Arizona, USA.
  • *Butler - Kisber, L., Poldma, T. (2005) Interpretive Inquiry in Design Research: Developing Research and Analysis Tools for the Design Disciplines Doctoral Education in Design Conference, University of Arizona, Tempe, Arizona, USA.
  • *Poldma,T (2005) Emerging dynamics in design education: Integrating theory and practice as design in the making. Nordic Design Research Conference In the Making, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • *Allnutt,S., Butler - Kisber, L., Kronish, N., Poldma, T., Stewart, M. Demography & Democracy in an Era of Accountability, AERA (American Educational Research Association), Montréal, QC. Presentation: Collage as inquiry: Sensing, doing and knowing in qualitative research.
  • *Poldma, T. (2005) Design Evolution: EAD 06, European Academy or Arts & Design, Bremen, Germany. Presentation: Integrating theory and practice in an interdisciplinary design studio class through the exploration of phenomenological lived experience.
  • Poldma, T. (2005). Journée de professionnels, Salon d’habitation, Montréal, Québec. Présentation : Une préoccupation : aménager l’intérieur du bâtiment pour les besoins d’une population vieillissante