IDEC member Linda Nussbaumer awarded ASID’s 2014 Joel Polsky Prize

The Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) is pleased to announce that IDEC member Linda Nussbaumer, Ph.D., was recently awarded the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) prestigious Joel Polsky Prize. ASID’s Joel Polsky Prize is given annually to recognize outstanding academic contributions to the discipline of interior design through literature or visual communication.

Dr. Nussbaumer, Adjunct Professor Emerita at South Dakota State University and Adjunct Professor at Radford University, was presented the award for her textbook Human Factors in the Built Environment.

Human Factors in the Built Environment expands perceptions of human factors (proxemics, anthropometrics, ergonomics, universal design, etc.), moving beyond the basics, focusing on those advanced aspects crucial to the interior design field. These include issues of diversity such as gender, generational, physical, cultural, sensory, global concerns, spiritual dimension and more. Applications for design types encompass residential, commercial, office, hospitality, healthcare, educational and retail.

Katherine Ankerson, President, IDEC, emphasized how important Dr. Nussbaumer’s achievement is to the profession of interior design.

“IDEC is very pleased to see Dr. Nussbaumer’s vital work recognized in such a way,” said Ankerson. “She has a history of quality in scholarship (and teaching) that is extremely impressive. The fact that the profession has recognized her work with such a high award indicates that she has reached across the educational ‘classroom walls’ into the hands of those who will utilize the knowledge immediately in creating better environments for people.”

Dr. Nussbaumer said she was ecstatic upon receiving the award.

“I’m on Cloud 9!” said Nussbaumer. “I was surprised and thrilled when I received the call that I had been given this honor. But beyond my excitement  of it all, it is my hope that students, teachers, and practitioners will find the textbook helpful as a comprehensive source to not only gain knowledge but also for the application of the many facets of human factors.”
Human Factors in the Built Environment is available for purchase at and other online retailers.

The 2014 Joel Polsky Prize was awarded to Linda Nussbaumer, Ph.D., ASID, IDEC, for her work on Human Factors in the Built EnvironmentHuman Factors in the Built Environment is a comprehensive resource integrating the relationship of the human body and space planning for designers.

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