Membership Benefits

Annual Conference

IDEC sponsors an annual conference that promotes and encourages dialogue through speakers, reports, seminars, tours and exhibits. This conference provides the opportunity for members to present research and exchange teaching methods. Presentations are juried before acceptance. There are no fees to IDEC members for processing and presenting papers. Business meetings are also scheduled during the annual conference.

Regional Conferences

Smaller group meetings are held annually in the five IDEC regions to encourage student, faculty, and professional interaction.

IDEC Exchange: A Forum for Interior Design Educators

IDEC Exchange: A Forum for Interior Design Educators, is an electronic newsletter that provides members with current information about IDEC activities and other items of interest.


Journal of Interior Design

This refereed journal is published quarterly. A printed subscription is included in the annual membership dues. Inquiries concerning subscriptions for non-members and institutions and the submission of papers for publication should be directed to the editor.


Juried Exhibition

The exhibition at the annual conference is limited to IDEC members and Interior Design educators. It provides educators the opportunity to submit work of the following types: interior installations, conceptual interiors, and visual arts. An award is presented to the best entry in each category.

Job Board

An up-to-date listing of position openings in Interior Design education is available on the IDEC website.

Educational Innovation and Improvement.

IDEC provides a forum to exchange information on educational methods and materials. IDEC advises and assists professional interior designers in continuing education activities.

Tenure and Promotion.

IDEC has prepared a position paper on criteria for evaluation on Interior Design faculty for tenure and promotion in baccalaureate programs. IDEC also manages a process for external review to be used for appointment, tenure, promotion, or degree equivalency.

Competitions and Special Projects

IDEC members have the ability to include special projects such as the Student Design Competition, the Make a Difference project and the Interior Design Education Video Competition part of their curriculum.


Eighteen networks currently provide opportunities to exchange specialized information among IDEC members.

Social Media

IDEC members participate in a members' only listserv as well as forums on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and the IDEC blog - IDEConnect.

Leadership Opportunities

From Board committees to abstract reviewers, IDEC has hundreds of volunteers working behind the scenes. The volunteer positions offer members opportunities for professional and person growth.


Each year IDEC honors outstanding contributions to interior design education through the Arnold Friedmann Distinquished Educator Award, Teaching Excellence Award, Community Service Award, Book and Media Award, and Partner in Education Award.


The core purpose of NCIDQ is to protect the health, life safety and welfare of the public by establishing standards of competence in the practice of interior design. The National Council for Interior Design Qualification serves to identify to the public those interior designers who have met the minimum standards for professional practice by passing the NCIDQ Examination. IDEC was a founding member and continues active participation with NCIDQ.


The International Federation of Interior Designers is composed of professional member organizations of Interior Design throughout the world. IDEC has been an associate member of IFI since 1976.


Council for Interior Design Accreditation is the officially recognized body for the accreditation of interior design programs in schools and colleges. IDEC was a founding member of CIDA. It has trustee representation on the CIDA Board and actively participates in the accreditation process.