About Ms. Elana van der Wath
Elana van der Wath holds a Master of Interior Architecture (Professional) degree from the University of Pretoria, completed as part of an exchange programme with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Elana has lectured in South Africa, the UK and Hong Kong in both Interior and Exhibition Design. She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and currently teaches in the Department of Interior Design at the University of Johannesburg. Present interests include the exploration of narrative in design and the development and role of exhibition design as a spatial communication medium. Recent research explored the role of research practice as a design informant, with specific reference to design education in the UK.
Deminey, EPM & van der Wath, E (2021). Visualising the Interior: Using post-digital thinking in interior design to restore expressive agency. Teaching innovation for the 21st Century: A collection of UJ teaching & learning vignettes. Johannesburg: University of Johannesburg (ebook).
van der Wath, E & Königk, R. (2019). ‘Research Practice’ as Design Informant. Presented at Designed Futures: 8th International DEFSA Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, 9 – 11 September 2019.
Königk, R & van der Wath, E. (2019). Simulated practice: the interior treatise through a cumulative design research process. Poster presentation at Design Futures: 8th International DEFSA Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, 9 – 11 September 2019.
van der Wath, E. (2018) Book Review: Designing for the museum visitor experience, by Tiina Roppola, New York, Routledge, 2012, 321 pp., £92 GBP (hardback), ISBN 978-0-415-89184-4. International Journal of Heritage Studies, DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2018.1498372
van der Wath, E. & Königk, R. (2017) The assembly of South African archaeological heritage at the British Museum: Do trans-placed objects contribute to a shared temporal identity? Presented at Building Bridges: 23rd Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, Maastricht, Netherlands, 30 August to 3 September 2017.
Jacobs, A & Van der Wath, E (2014) Interpreting a contemporary South African identity in long-haul public rail transport interiors. Presented at the 8th National Conference of the South African Journal of Art History, Pretoria, South Africa, 19-20 September 2014
Venter, T & van der Wath, E (2014) Industry and University Cooperative Design: a retrospective critique on a rapid prototyping workshop. Presented at the 7th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Seville, Spain, 17-19 November 2014
van der Wath, E (2013) Design/build and interior design: engaging students in technical development. South African Journal of Art History, 28(3): 181-195
van der Wath, E (2013) Design/build and interior design: engaging students in technical development. Presented at the 7th National Conference of the South African Journal of Art History, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 7-8 June 2013.
PARTICIPATION IN INTETERNATIONAL & NATIONAL CONFERENCES, FORUMS, JURIES & WORKSHOPS
2019 – ReDesignEd Educators Forum: What We Don’t (or Can’t) Teach – Bridging the Knowledge Gap, Johannesburg, South Africa, 20-23 November 2019.
2018 – ReDesignEd Educators Forum: Exploring 21st Century Design Education for Societal Development, Growth & Support, Singapore, 24-26 October 2018
2017 – ReDesignEd Educators Forum: A new Global/Universal Framework for Design Education, Edinburgh, Scotland, 25 August 2017
2017 – Founding member of GloWD ReDesignEd Educators Forum
2017 – Jury Member (Public Space Design), Keynote presented & panel member at the 2017 Taipei International Design Awards & Forum, Taipei, Taiwan, 30 September 2017.
2011 – Young Designers Workshop: Design at the Edges at International, as part of Design Alliance Congress, Taipei, Taiwan, 17-21 October 2011
MEMBERSHIP OF ADVISORY BOARDS
2020 to current. Member of Advisory Board of the Department of Architecture, University of Pretoria
MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES
Professional Interior Architect member of IID
The African Institute of the Interior Design Professions (IID)