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. Arnold Friedmann is a founding member of IDEC and served as its President from 1964-1966. He helped organize the first IDEC conference in Philadelphia (1963), assisted in the development of IDEC’s Constitution and Bylaws, and presided over the Board that approved the proposal for a standard 4-year interior design curriculum. He also chaired the committee that produced “A Critical Study of Interior Design Education” (1968), which moved toward the development of curriculum standards in interior design accreditation. In 1978, he was inducted into the first class of the IDEC College of Fellows.
2015- Denise Guerin, Ph.D., FIDEC, FASID, FIFI, CID/MN, Professor Emeritus, Interior Design, University of Minnesota
2014- Joy Dohr, Ph.D., FIDEC, Professor Emeritus, Design Studies, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2013- Dorothy Fowles, Ph.D., FIDEC, FASID, FIIDA, CID/IA, Professor Emeritus, College of Design, Department of Art and Design, Iowa State University
2012- Buie Harwood, MFA, FIDEC, Hon. FASID, CID/VA, Professor Emeritus, Department of Interior Design, School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University
2011- Arnold Friedmann, Ph.D., FIDEC, Hon. ASID, Hon. FIIDA, and Professor Emeritus, Art Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst