Interior Design Educators Council, Inc.

Approved August 10, 2010
by the Board of Directors


The mission of The Interior Design Educators Council, Inc. is the advancement of interior design education, scholarship, and service.

Core Values

    • We believe in the value of an accredited, formalized interior design education.

    • We believe the preparation of an interior designer includes learning through formalized education, scholarship, and service.

    • We believe the foundation of interior design education is grounded in ethics and encompasses environmental, cultural, social, global issues.

    • We believe in an open dialogue and collaboration among colleagues.

    • We believe a successful interior design education depends upon the participation of diverse groups of people.



IDEC will be recognized as the leading association and authority on interior design education by:

  • Advancing responsible design thinking through education, scholarship, and service.

  • Advancing the interior design profession’s Body of Knowledge.

  • Participating in leadership discussions and actions that affect the entire design community.

  • Being the primary source of innovative interior design teaching resources.

  • Being the leading venue for the publication, presentation, and dissemination of interior design scholarship.

  • Preparing members for leadership roles in their academic institutions, communities, and the interior design profession at large.

  • Providing support for the professional development of interior design educators at all professional levels.

  • Engaging interior design educators in service to the organization and to the greater community.


Advancement: to promote recognition of the contribution of interior design education, scholarship, and practice to the advancement of quality of life within the built environment.

Education: to promote development of individuals to be creative, think critically, resolve issues, base decisions on sound foundations of theory and research, communicate effectively, and uphold high ethical and business standards.

Scholarship: to expand the body of knowledge as defined of interior environments, quality of life, and human performance.

The Policy and Procedures Manual and Bylaws of the Interior Design Educator's Council (IDEC) have been developed as a working document to facilitate the mission of IDEC, describe the activities of the organization, and support the bylaws. It is the responsibility of every IDEC member in a position of leadership to be knowledgeable of the contents of this guide to ensure the smooth operations of IDEC Boards, committees, and networks, and to serve the membership effectively.

Strategic Plan