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Guest speakers should be thanked for their participation in our courses. This can be done in a number of ways: through honoraria, through gifts, or by some other means like taking them out for a nice dinner. Honoraria are understood as a token amount (usually much less than the value of the work) given as a “thank you” for work that is essentially volunteer in nature. It is important for various legal and tax reasons that we distinguish between such arrangements and short-term employment or contracting arrangements. For more information please see the TMU HR website.

If you are inviting a guest speaker/participant into your class, we are recommending an honorarium of $125, but we understand that in some cases a larger amount would be more appropriate. Since we have limited funds, we are now asking you to complete a Guest Speaker Request Form (external link)  for all guest speakers requiring honoraria. Please submit this form no later than August 23, for Fall term courses. Later requests will be approved if we have funding remaining. 

At least a month prior to the arrival of your guest,  (google form) please complete this google form (external link)  in order that we can begin the payment process. Note that payment can take as long as six months to complete.

For guest speakers outside of Canada or the USA, we do not provide honoraria. However, we can send a gift of your choice for up to $125 (CAD). This can be an amazon purchase (ie. books, decor), flowers, or something of your/your guests choice. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide gift cards or alcohol as per the universities guidelines/rules.

If you wish to negotiate another rate for your guest speaker, please do so with the chair and the manager of administration and equity; contact Natalie Ramtahal ( in advance of inviting the guest.

Guest Speaker Request Form (external link) 

 (google form) Guest Speaker Honorarium Form (external link) 

If you are planning a field trip as part of your course, please complete the Field Trip Proposal Form, below, as soon as possible. 

Please see the TMU Field Study page in advance of planning a Field Trip.

Field Study Page

Field Trip Proposal Form (external link) 


Bookings for breakout spaces, meetings and other occasional uses can be made online through the Google Calendar system. FFor step-by-step instructions on how to book these spaces, please see "Adding Guests and Reserving a Resource".

Please remember that we work collegially in a shared environment, and many of your colleagues will need access to these same resources. Don't book one of these spaces for the whole semester!


The spaces available are as follows: 

  • SID 106 Gallery [Currently unavailable]
  • SID 214 Breakout Space 
  • SID 301 Classroom [Currently unavailable]
  • SID 317 Studio
  • SID 318 Lecture Room 
  • SID 326 Meeting Space [Currently unavailable]

Guidelines for room booking and usage are listed below. Any violation of the room booking guidelines, may result in suspension of booking privileges.

SID Room Booking Guidelines:

  1. Room bookings are first come, first reserved and are meant for occasional meetings. Contact Natalie Ramtahal if you require a space to meet regularly.
  2. Book a room that is sized appropriately for your needs.
  3. Only use the room that you’ve booked.
  4. If the room you booked is no longer needed, please cancel the booking as soon as possible, so it can be booked by others.
  5. Stick to the booked times in order to avoid conflict with other room bookings.
  6. Leave the room in order - return chairs to their original location, dispose of trash, turn off lights and projectors, tidy any spills etc.
  7. Occasionally, you may be asked to relocate to accommodate other bookings/room uses.
  8. SID 102 (the staff lounge) is not a bookable space. To ensure SID faculty and staff have a space to unwind and have their lunch, SID 102 should not be used for meetings unless there is no other space available.

If you need to book a space elsewhere in the University, please contact Natalie Ramtahal.


Please complete the form below to submit news-worthy items for the SID main page.

News Item Submission Form (external link) 

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to respond to the  (google doc) call for submissions (external link)  for the Public Interiority Symposium + Exhibition, held at the University of Tennessee Knoxville on February 18, 2023--additional details are below.

We are thrilled to send this call for abstracts and exhibition submissions. Please consider submitting and circulating the call to your network.


Public Interiority Symposium + Exhibition Team


Call for Abstracts

The 2023 Interior Provocations Symposium: Upkeep will be hosted jointly by California College of the Arts and Pratt Institute in San Francisco on April 1, 2023. The symposium will explore issues of repair, maintenance, sustenance, and adaptation through this year’s theme: Upkeep. We accept and acknowledge the critical work of upkeeping the built environment, sustaining our histories and cultures, and maintaining our shared resources. We recognize the ways in which the interior has defined, reinforced, hidden, and protected servitude and repair. We appreciate the role of interiors to extend the lives of our architectures and design for persistent adaptation of spaces and the human interactions they sustain. Interior Provocations Upkeep seeks new discourse centered on the evolution and transformation of cultural narratives, adaptive reuse, and historical revelation. We seek forward-thinking and wide-ranging interpretations of this theme and welcome papers that explore these questions in history, theory and praxis, across time, culture and place.

The broadly outlined theme reflects the interest in wide-ranging interpretation. The conference encourages provocative and boundary-expanding proposals from design practitioners, historians, and theorists that challenge traditional assumptions and investigate overlooked parameters or influences. The symposium is organized around two themes:

  • History + theory
  • Praxis + theory

Indicate in your email subject and on your abstract whether your paper should be considered history + theory or praxis + theory.

Submission Requirements:

Please submit abstracts with original, unpublished research to by January 3, 9:00pm EST. Include the following required items:

  • Abstract: 300 words maximum
  • 2-page cv 
  • one to three images (required)

Depending upon the number of entries, a poster session will also be held. Please indicate in your abstract if you would like to be considered for this session only.


2023 Interior Provocations: Upkeep will be held in person at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA on April 1, 2023.

Please visit the website for updates (external link)