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10/2/2017    IIDA Accepting Diversity Award Applications

The IIDA Foundation, in partnership with Interior Design Educators Council Foundation, Inc., is pleased to announce and present the 2nd annual IIDA Diversity Award. This award recognizes and celebrates an educator who is a representative of a diverse background and is making a significant contribution to interior design education today.

The recipient will receive a $5,000 cash award from the IIDA Foundation. The award will be presented at the IDEC Annual Conference, scheduled for March 7 - 10, 2018, in Boston.

In order to apply for consideration, the candidate must be a current full-time educator who is a member of IDEC, representative of a diverse background with any of the following: race, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, disability and/or sexual orientation, and has made contributions to the teaching profession for advancing the practice of interior design.

9/14/2017    Check out our new Conference tracks!

As part of IDEC's mission and strategic plan, the Scholarship Collaborative promotes the advancement of interior design scholarship. The 2018 Conference theme, Human-Centered Design, speaks to the critical role interior spaces play in the well-being of people in the made environment. Specific topical areas joining design scholars, educators and creators aim to coalesce a body of work significant in size and focus and to facilitate collaboration among these design thinkers. These conference tracks have been created broadly, and you are encouraged to consider a re-framing of your work both established and emergent. All submissions will be scored using established criteria regardless of whether or not a conference track is identified. Submissions must be made by Thursday, Oct. 12.

9/12/2017    IDEC Exchange accepting fall submissions

The fall issue of IDEC Exchange - themed Teaching and Designing in a Diverse World - is seeking innovative and critically-focused projects, studios and research that expands the topic addressed in the spring issue: the responsibility of interior design education to build a diverse student and educator population. This issue hopes to continue this discussion by exploring how we teach in the diverse academe. Submissions are due Friday, October 20. 

8/25/2017    IDEC awarded Chilewich Education Award at Metrocon

IDEC received the Chilewich Education Award at Metrocon17, a design specification-focused regional expo and conference held at Dallas Market Hall in Texas in early August. This monetary award of $1,000 was presented during the keynote presentation to IDEC President-Elect Hans-Peter (Hepi) Wachter and IDEC Southwest Region Chair Kristi Gaines, both of whom were co-teaching a course during the conference.  

According to Wachter, this award will be utilized by IDEC Southwest Region graduate student members as a travel stipend to attend either the Southwest Regional conference in October or IDEC’s annual conference next March in Boston.

8/25/2017    Did you know?

Educators can "bundle" their eligible students and extend them a discount code to receive $50 off the Fundamentals Exam (IDFX) exam application fee (taking it from $95 to $45). Learn more about this initiative today!

8/23/2017    Join us at a Regional Conference!

Don't miss any - or all! - of these four informative Conferences, scheduled throughout October. Each event provides a unique theme and schedule. We hope to see you there! 

8/23/2017    We're accepting Fellow and Friedmann nominations

The Council of Fellows has released the call for nominations for both of IDEC's highest honors: the selection of an IDEC member to join the Council of Fellows and the Arnold P. Friedmann Educator of Distinction award. These distinctions honor outstanding contributions to not only IDEC, but to the the profession of Interior Design Education. We hope you will consider nominating your most accomplished colleagues. 

8/13/2017    2017 Innovative Teaching Ideas Now Available

The Teaching Collaborative announces the release of the IDEC Innovative Teaching Ideas 2017 Collection. These new ideas add to the revival of the Innovative Teaching Strategies first released in 1992 and updated in 1994. These legacy ideas, along with the 2016 "ITI" collection total 67 in number, are available now.

8/1/2017    Call for Council of Fellows Now Open

The Council of Fellows has released the call for nominations for one of IDEC's highest honors: the selection of an IDEC member to join the Council of Fellows. Fellow status is a professional membership category designed to honor an IDEC member who has made outstanding contributions to the organization. We hope you will consider nominating your most accomplished colleagues. Nominate someone today!

7/25/2017    The Power of Charrettes

The collaboration of participants and exploration of possibilities lend to the effectiveness of design charrettes in project planning, by hans-peter wachter, idec

The word “charrette” is derived from the French term for “little cart.” Today, a charrette is an intensive planning session in which all constituents of a project—citizens, designers, and other collaborators—can participate in a vision for development, drafting a solution to a design problem, or providing a forum for ideas, providing immediate feedback to the designer. The concept of a design charrette continues to evolve in professional practice and in design education. Successful design and creating an optimal user experience is sometimes better accomplished by integrated project teams.

BENEFITS AND GOALS OF A DESIGN CHARRETTE

Design charrettes come in handy to unveil any unknowns, or to generate a good representation of what participants do know. The charrette may take out the days of dwelling over a design strategy or solution, save time, and employ the power of a team to solve problems from a new perspective.

In addition, charrettes will kick start a design because solutions are inspired by ideas from various people. They are also inclusive as they include priorities from people in different stakeholder groups, and they usually make each participating person feel listened to and considered equally. Design processes are often complex, and if we can manage to keep them transparent, with an open-communication approach and a collaborative spirit, we are likely to succeed in solving design problems more inclusively and in less time.

7/17/2017    Visit IDEC at METROCON17 Expo & Conference

Come visit our booth at METROCON17, taking place at Dallas Market Hall in Dallas, Texas, Aug. 10-11. IDEC Members Mitzi Perritt, PhD, FIDEC, RID, NCIDQ (Stephen F. Austin State University), Kristi Gaines, PhD, IIDA, Allied ASID (Texas Tech University), Philip Park, PhD, M.arch, IDEC (University of North Texas) and Hans-Peter Wachter, ASID, CAPS, LEED AP, NCIDQ (The University of Oklahoma) will teach the advanced Lighting Recommendations for Special Populations course on Thursday. So come and establish new working relationships, discover new resources, develop your career, reconnect with industry colleagues and scout for new talent! Register today at metrocon.info.

6/29/2017    Wanted: Abstract and Creative Scholarship Submissions

Each of the five IDEC Regions will host a Regional Conference this fall and each are seeking submissions for abstracts as well as creative scholarship presentations. The list of the conference dates and locations follows. Pay attention to each region's calls - they vary slightly and may contain calls for abstracts in the categories of Scholarship of Design Research, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Panels, Posters, and/or Pecha Kucha. The deadline to submit is Wednesday, July 5!

6/14/2017    2017-2018 Student Design Competition Now Open

Inspiration is the feeling of beginning at the threshold where Silence and Light meet: 
Silence, with its desire to be,
and Light,
the giver of all presences.
Louis Kahn, 1969

Theme: Fundamental Atmospheres: Designing for Spatial and Spiritual Experiences

IDEC is seeking entries for the 2017-2018 Student Design Competition that provides for the empowerment of users to grow intellectually, spiritually, mentally, or metaphysically. Purposefully broad and open ended, the project program asks entrants to define the specific use of the design and to develop an atmospheric intervention. 

The purpose can be a religious practice (traditional or emerging), a secular space of reflection or mindfulness, and/or places for public commemoration. Submission deadline is December 15 at 11:59 p.m. PST

5/30/2017    Interested in Volunteering with IDEC?

Volunteers are the life-blood of IDEC. More than that, volunteering with IDEC can provide professional development, great networking opportunities, and the support that is needed for tenure and promotion materials at all stages of a career in academia. The IDEC Nominating Committee has issued a call for Nominations for new Board of Directors and Regional Chairs, with terms starting in 2018.
5/23/2017    JID - Call for Papers

What is spirituality? Whether from a historical or modern perspective, spirituality develops around a universal human experience that resonates with each of us in some way. 

While contemporary interpretations of spirituality focus around a deep sense of vitality or interconnectedness, historical accounts of spirituality discuss religious interpretations such as Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, to poet Rumi's definition which centers spirituality around creativity that evolves within the inner self rather than from external sources (Paintener, 2007). 

This special issue of the Journal of Interior Design welcomes visual essays research papers or case studies that explore the breadth and meaning of spirituality in the context of interior space. 

5/23/2017    Wanted: Abstract and Creative Scholarship Submissions

Each of the five IDEC Regions will host a Regional Conference this fall and each are seeking submissions for abstracts as well as creative scholarship presentations. The list of the conference dates and locations follows. Pay attention to each region's calls - they vary slightly and may contain calls for abstracts in the categories of Scholarship of Design Research, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Panels, Posters, and/or Pecha Kucha. 

4/17/2017    Open Calls for Service and Content

Members are invited to submit content to the spring 2017 issue of IDEC Exchange, a bi-annual online publication. Submissions are due by April 20. Other open content calls include PERSPECTIVES — Voices of Interior Design Classroom-Ready Video Shorts, due by May 1, and Innovative Teaching Ideas, due by May 15. IDEC Exchange, the Teaching Academy and the Teaching Collaborative all currently have several service positions available as well.

4/10/2017    Post your Study Abroad/ Study Tour Opportunities

IDEC provides the opportunity to post information inviting students and/or faculty to participate in any study abroad or study tour offerings at your institution. Your posting will be placed on the IDEC website, where students/faculty can view the various opportunities. The posting will also be promoted in our weekly eNews announcements. This benefit is free for members, $25 for non-members.

3/30/2017    IDEC Conference award winners listed

IDEC values the recognition of excellence in teaching, scholarship and service from both its own membership and the larger international design community. At this year’s Annual Conference in March, we recognized many within our field with various prestigious awards. Click below to see the full list of winners! 

3/30/2017    IDEC Exchange - Call for Submissions

IDEC Exchange seeks innovative and critically focused statements, design, and research that engage these questions (or other ideas that emerged from the 2017 conference) through rich and rigorous investigations. The spring 2017 issue of the IDEC Exchange invites submissions that continue these discussions. Submissions are due by Wednesday, April 12.

3/24/2017    2017 IIDA Educator of the Year Award Call for Submissions

The International Interior Design Association invites your interior design faculty members to apply for the 6th annual IIDA Educator of the Year. One of the most prestigious honors bestowed by IIDA, this annual award celebrates an interior design educator's extraordinary accomplishments and commitment to education. The 2017 award recipient will receive a $10,000 cash prize sponsored by Milliken and a free 2018 IIDA Membership. The candidate must be a current full-time instructor with a minimum five years of experience in a post-secondary program of interior design education at any university or recognized school of interior design.  

3/13/2017    A Message from the President

I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who joined us at this year's Annual Conference in Chicago this past week. The scholarship and educational offerings, networking opportunities and professional development session help me to grow as an educator and professional. Just as valuable, however, seeing good friends and meeting new faces always makes me extremely grateful to be part of the wonderful IDEC community. It has been an absolute pleasure to serve as the president of IDEC for the last year and to have the opportunity to work so closely with amazing group of professionals on the board and in many of our collaboratives and working groups. I want to thank you all for the opportunity to serve as your president. It has been a pleasure as well as an honor. Have a wonderful spring term! – Migette Kaup, IDEC President, 2016-2017

3/6/2017    Did You Know?

IDEC collects and posts calls and announcements from outside organizations on our Industry Calls Page - giving you the opportunity to take advantage of opportunities that can help your educational or professional career succeed. Check out our latest submissions from IFDA today!

3/2/2017    IDEC 2017 Annual Conference – We’ve gone mobile!

IDEC Chicago, held March 8-11, is a celebration of design, research, and education. This year's event has a number of new features that we are excited to share with you. One of the most notable is our mobile conference app.  In keeping with IDEC’s ongoing goal to reduce the amount of paper we consume, attendees will now be able to see all of the program materials on your digital device, connect and network with other conference attendees!

2/27/2017    Keynote Speaker Announced for Annual Conference

Our Keynote Speaker for Thursday, March 9 is Dr. Richard Buchanan, who will present Surroundings and Environments: The Grounding of Interior Design in Research and Education.

Dr. Buchanan is a Professor at the Design & Innovation Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He is well-known for extending the application of design into new areas of theory and practice, writing and teaching as well as practicing the concepts and methods of interaction design. He argues that interaction design does not stop at the flatland of the computer screen but extends into the personal and social life of human beings and into the emerging area of service design, as well as into organizational and management design. Dr. Buchanan's presentation is one that Conference attendees will not want to miss!

 

2/15/2017    Back by Popular Demand: Pecha Kucha

If you haven't had the pleasure of attending our PK night, you don't want to miss it on Thursday, March 9, immediately following the IDEC Awards Presentation Event! Pecha Kucha - a Japanese term meaning "the sound of conversation" or "chit-chat" - was conceived of by Tokyo architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, who were seeking a way to encourage designers to present their ideas in a more organized and succinct manner. 

PK is a concise presentation format using only 20 slides set to 20 seconds, so that each presenter is limited to six minutes and 40 seconds - that's only 400 seconds total. In such a fast-paced environment, it's important to pay attention or miss out!

2/6/2017    Call for IDEC Exchange Editor

We invite all professional members to submit their application for the IDEC Exchange Editor. The term of service will begin in January 2017 and extend through May 2018. The editor of the IDEC Exchange plays a pivotal role in collecting content for the newsletter in the realm of service. The editor will have responsibility for coordinating, writing, and searching for news worthy stories around their respective editor position. The IDEC Exchange is published two times a year, once in the fall, and once in the spring.

1/18/2017    Annual Conference: Early Bird Rates Extended

Our Early Bird registration rates for the Annual Conference - IDEC Chicago, held March 8-11 - have been extended by one full week! Rates for members is only $500, $625 for non-members and $250 for students. Take advantage of this opportunity before it expires on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

1/17/2017    Did you know?

IDEC collects and posts calls and announcements from outside organizations on our Non-IDEC Call Page - giving you the opportunity to take advantage of opportunities that can help your educational or professional career succeed. Check out our latest submissions from ASID today!

1/6/2017    2017 Video Competition Announced

We are now accepting applications for our 2017 video competition, "Design+Knowledge: The Impact of the Interior Design Knowledge." 

Interior Design professionals contribute in multiple ways to the planning and problem solving process. These contributions are based in the critical knowledge that interior designers possess.  It is important that we share with the public how our professional expertise is developed through the formal education we complete, the research and scholarly inquiry we engage in, and the ways we use this knowledge to serve our communities. This video competition seeks compelling entries that will engage a general audience to think differently about the interior design knowledge base and the impacts of our expertise. Submissions are due by midnight, February 19, 2017.

12/9/2016    Annual Conference: Registration Now Open

IDEC Chicago, held March 8-11, is a celebration of design, research and education. This conference is the perfect place to connect, network and forge partnerships in pursuits of knowledge about all things design. Our 2017 event features a fabulous keynote presentation, dynamic PK presentations, networking opportunities, open forums and round table discussions, local tours and more. Early Bird registration rates for members is only $500, $625 for non-members and $250 for students. Early Bird rates expire on Wednesday, January 18, so register today! Whether you are new to the field or a seasoned professional, this conference will appeal to all within the interior design community.  You won't want to miss it!

12/8/2016    Annual Conference Tour Information Announced!

Don’t Miss these unique Chicago tour opportunities at the IDEC Annual Meeting, March 8-11. Tour #1 is Frank Lloyd Wright by Bus, which allows attendees to discover the neighborhood where Wright's famed Prairie Style of architecture evolved. Tour #2 is a walking tour of Hotel Boom. During this tour, learn how and why a former athletic club, bank, chemical company, motor club and more were transformed into first class hotels. 

12/8/2016    Friedmann Nominations Deadline Extended

The Council of Fellows has extended the call for nominations for the Arnold P. Friedmann Educator of Distinction award. The deadline for nominations is now January 15. The IDEC Arnold Friedmann Educator of Distinction award, initiated in 2011, is presented to an IDEC member in recognition of significant, sustained, and distinguished contributions in interior design education. Consider nominating your most accomplished colleagues. 

12/5/2016    2017-2018 Board of Directors Election Results Announced

Please congratulate the following new officers. Their terms will begin on May 1, 2017.

President-Elect: Hepi Wachter - University of Oklahoma
Secretary/Treasurer: Cindy Martimo - Dunwoody College of Technology
Director at Large-Service: Amy Campos - California College of the Arts
East Regional Chair: Barbara Lowenthal - New York School of Interior Design
Midwest Regional Chair: Christina Birkentall - University of Kentucky
Southwest Regional Chair: Kristi Gaines - Texas Tech University

12/1/2016    IDEC Releases Fall Issue of Exchange

IDEC Exchange celebrates the community of Interior Design Educators and their work and projects that not only demonstrate innovative outcomes, but that also push forward concepts, processes, approaches and methodologies as the real 'matter' of Interior Design. The fall 2016 issue engages two related but often opposing concepts: Intervention + Atmosphere. This issue addresses the relationships and differences of these two concepts and asks how practitioners and educators can engage and develop them in our work.

10/12/2016    CIDQ Releases its Fall 2016 Q-Connection Newsletter

The Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ), the global leader in establishing standards of competence for interior design/interior architecture professionals, announces the release of its fall 2016 Q-Connection e-newsletter. 

10/10/2016    A Message from the IDEC President

IDEC Community,

In light of the recent hurricane, we are extending the deadline for scholarship submissions for the Annual Conference.  We know that several of those individuals in states impacted most severely by the severe weather conditions were unable to access technology and therefore may have not been able to finish their submissions as intended. To keep the process completely transparent and fair – we offer this extension to all. We will accept submissions through Thursday, October 13 at 5 p.m.(CST).

Migette Kaup
IDEC President

9/9/2016    Annual Conference Scholarship Calls Deadline Approaches

The deadline for our Annual Conference Scholarship Calls is only one month away! We invite educators from around the globe to submit their scholarship in the form of abstracts, creative scholarship, and/or Pecha Kucha presentations of creative teaching ideas. Submit yours before October 10!

9/2/2016    Take the IDEC Media Usage survey today

We want to hear from you! IDEC is committed to serving the Interior Design community as best we can. We're conducting a survey to learn more about you - to understand your social media habits and how best to improve moving forward. This survey should only take five minutes and your responses are completely anonymous. You can only take the survey once and questions marked with an asterisk (*) are required. This survey closes on Monday, October 3. 

8/31/2016    Registration open for Regional Conferences

Join us on the road at one of our 2016 Regional Conference Locations. Each conference will include a unique combination of abstract  and creative scholarship presentations, pecha kucha, and local tours.

8/2/2016    [New] Call for Special Session Abstracts

The Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) invites design educators, practitioners, artists, and allied partners from around the globe to submit abstracts to a new scholarship category for 2017 - Special Session Topics. Intended to stimulate discourse on contemporary design contexts across formats, special session topics have been crafted that reach beyond the current scholarship categories, stimulate discussion on a topic of importance to the membership, and provide space for emerging issues relevant to interior space.
7/29/2016    Submit your 2017 Awards Nominations by Oct. 15

The Interior Design Educator's Council values the recognition of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service from both its own membership and the larger international design community. Review our awards categories and nomination processes today.
7/22/2016    Submit Your IDEC Annual Conference Scholarship By Oct. 10

The Interior Design Educators Council invites educators from around the globe to submit their scholarship in the form of abstracts, creative scholarship, and/or Pecha Kucha presentations of creative teaching ideas. Submissions are double-blind reviewed by a panel of distinguished interior design educators who will recommend acceptance for presentation at the IDEC 2017 Annual Conference to be held in Chicago, March 8-12, 2017.
7/5/2016    Groovystuff Founder Announced As Industry Director

The Board of the Interior Design Educators Council Foundation, Inc. (IDECF), announces the addition of Groovystuff founder, Chris Bruning as an Industry Director. IDECF is a not-for-profit organization that invests in interior design education, research, and leadership to advance the design profession and improve the human experience in the designed environment.
6/1/2016    2017 AAHID Graduate Research Fellowship

AAHID is accepting applications for the 2017 Graduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship is designed to assist students in the exploration of the impact of interior design by supporting the development and conduct of research on healthcare interior environments. The fellowship is open to all graduate level students with this interest.

    2017 Special Projects Grant Call Released

The Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) is pleased to announce funding for Special Projects and invites submissions by the membership. Requests for funding up to $3,000.00 will be considered that engage creative, goal-oriented activities of a defined scope and duration benefiting interior design education and/or the profession.

    IDEC Exchange Announces Fall 2016 Theme

The IDEC Exchange Fall 2016 engages two related but often opposing concepts, Intervention + Atmosphere. What are the relationships and differences of these two concepts, and how do we as practitioners and educators engage and develop these concepts in our work?

The IDEC Exchange is seeking innovative and critically focused projects, studios and research that engage these questions through rich and rigorous investigations. Follow the link to review the full Call.

    2016 Innovative Teaching Ideas Now Available

The Teaching Collaborative announces the release of the IDEC Innovative Teaching Ideas 2016 Collection. These new ideas add to the revival of the Innovative Teaching Strategies first released in 1992 then updated in 1994. These legacy ideas, along with the 2015 'ITI' collection total 61 in number, and are now available here.

    Share your students' work - JID Index Deadline Extended

Do you have a graduate student who has in the past year completed a thesis, dissertation, and/or creative project? Annually the Journal of Interior Design recognizes and celebrates the efforts of your students by compiling the work of your student scholars. To add your student's work to this index, please enter their information by Thursday, June 6.

    Volunteer with IDEC

The Scholarship Collaborative is seeking volunteers for the following positions: Presentation Review Coordinator; Conference Proceedings Coordinator; Creative Scholarship Co-Coordinator. Volunteer roles vary in commitment level, and are all a great way to network with colleagues from across the world, build your portfolio for promotion and tenure, and contribute to the field of interior design education. Click here for complete calls. The deadline to apply is Thursday, June 30.

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