The Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) is pleased to announce that IDEC member So-Yeon Yoon, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Cornell University, was recently named the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) 2014 Educator of the Year. The IIDA Educator of the Year Award was created to recognize and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments and commitment to interior design education by a full-time educator.
Katherine Ankerson, President, IDEC, emphasized how important Dr. Yoon’s achievement is to the profession of interior design.
“IDEC is very pleased to recognize Dr. Yoon’s tremendous achievement and honor,” said Ankerson. “Her impressive history of quality in scholarship and award-winning teaching, and the fact that the profession has recognized her with such a high award, indicates the reach of her profound contribution to interior design.”
Dr. Yoon’s research strategy maintains a focus on effective design and design communication, employing emerging technology to best understand the human response to the physical built environment as well as the virtual built environment. She has authored and co-authored several books on topics including the usability of virtual reality technology and the use of color in healthcare environments, and has had more than 50 articles published in design and human/computer interaction journals.
“Dr. Yoon’s extensive and impressive experience illustrates a depth of understanding of design that makes her deserving of the praise of the Interior Design community,” said Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA. “But it’s what she does with that understanding — combining it with her passion, her dedication and a consistent level of innovation that keeps her students thinking in new directions — that makes me personally very pleased to celebrate her as IIDA Educator of the Year.”
Dr. Yoon was formally honored with the award and celebrated at the IIDA Annual Meeting held June 8, 2014, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL.