IDEC’s 2015 Annual Conference provided a “Catalyst4Innovation”


The Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) 2015 Annual Conference, Catalyst4Innovation, brought together nearly 300 professionals from the interior design industry including design firm leaders, interior design practitioners, educators and publishers, students and a myriad of design firm representatives.

The event, which took place March 11-14 at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel in Fort Worth, TX, was IDEC’s 53rd annual conference and underscored IDEC’s mission of advancing interior design education, scholarship, and service.

The daily agenda overflowed with workshops, cutting-edge presentations focused on research, education and creativity, poster sessions, receptions, and industry honors. Conference tours included an excursion to the Kimbell Art Museum Fort Worth and a tour of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

“Our goal for this year’s conference was to be the interior design event that truly provided attendees with a “catalyst for innovation” to inspire their own work and aspirations,” said Katherine Ankerson, President, IDEC.  “I believe we succeeded as evidenced by an enthusiastic spirit that prevailed during the six-day event. New friends were made, new knowledge acquired, and attendees departed with optimism for our collective future in this continuously evolving industry.”

Keynote speaker, Eames Demetrios, Director, the Eames Office, focused on design innovation sharing his explorations of our linear world where he has uncovered stories of a parallel world through 3-dimensional fiction and installations.

Thursday evening, March 12, was “Pecha Kucha Night,” which included presenters who were each given six minutes and 40 seconds to discuss 20 slides for 20 seconds apiece. Presentations were focused on teaching ideas, project processes, or project outcomes.

The IDEC Awards Banquet Dinner (sponsored by IIDA), honoring Creative Scholarship, Awards of Excellence, Professional Practice, and grants funded by the IDEC Foundation, took place the evening of Saturday, March 14.

IDEC’s 2016 Annual Conference is taking place March 9-13, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

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About the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC)
IDEC is the leading association and authority on interior design education. IDEC’s more than 700 members are committed to the advancement of responsible design thinking through education, scholarship, and service. IDEC prepares its members for leadership roles in their academic institutions, communities, and the interior design profession at large. Through its annual Student Design Competition, students and faculty alike are encouraged to reflect about socially responsible design and the importance of design in our society. For more information, visit www.idec.org.

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