2018 Annual Conference Call for Creative Scholarship

IDEC Call for Creative Scholarship
Annual Juried Competition

2018 Annual Conference
Boston, Massachusetts 

Deadline: Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) invites educators from around the globe to submit works of creative scholarship. Submissions are double-blind reviewed presentation at the IDEC 2018 Annual Conference to be held in Boston, Massachusetts, March 7-10, 2018.

Those individuals whose work is accepted by the jury will be assigned a presentation time at the conference to share their work, relate their process, conceptual and theoretical thinking, and discuss the creation of their work with the conference attendees. This forum signifies that the breadth of creative scholarship provides significant contributions to defining a body of knowledge within the design field.

Categories: Design as Idea, Interior, Art

Entrants may submit projects/works in either or both categories listed below, up to a combined total of three submissions. A single submission may not be submitted to multiple categories. The selection process is blind reviewed by nationally and internationally recognized jurors who are interior designers, architects, artists, or curators.

Design as Idea: Projects in this category explore the entire spectrum of design. Submissions can either be conceptual in character and/or completed projects, furniture design, lighting, product design, stage/set design, textile design, exhibition design, etc. Conceptual works can range from diagrammatic visual explorations of a theoretical design idea to illustrative design works.

Design as Interior: Projects in this category explore the entire spectrum of built or fabricated design. Submissions should be built work including commercial, residential, entertainment, institutional, or hospitality design. These will specifically consider an exploration or design intimately related to the interior built environment.

Design as Art: Projects in this category include any works of art; either created as individual pieces or composed as a series consisting of multiple parts. Works may be produced in any media, including but not limited to all traditionally based mediums, as well as digital, multi-media, or installation.

Submission Instructions and Requirements

Eligibility: All projects must have been completed within the last three years by Interior Design educators. While completing the work, all eligible individuals must have held at the minimum a half-time (50%) teaching appointment. A juror or Creative Scholarship Coordinator may not submit. All who are accepted for presentation must attend and present at the conference to be eligible for an award.

Entry Requirements: Each entry must include the following three items, submitted online:

  • Completed Creative Scholarship Entry Form
  • 2-10 images of your project, in a single PDF, JPG or Word file (10 page maximum, not to exceed 10 MB)
  • Design or artist statement for each submission, not to exceed 500 words
  • 25 word summary of abstract to be used in conference program

Accepted abstract will require a bio and photo of the primary designer/artist. If available, please provide at time of submission.

Note: To assure a blind review, please take careful attention to not include name, school affiliation, or any other forms of identification in the image, file names, or statement files. Entries that do not adhere to all competition guidelines will be disqualified.

Format for Images: All submissions must be in PDF, JPG or Word format and submitted electronically using the IDEC online form by the deadline stated below. Single or multiple images per page are acceptable. Descriptive text or captions may accompany the images to add clarity.

  • Entries in the Design as Interior category are encouraged to include plan/sectional information as appropriate to works of interior, architecture, furniture, and/or product design.
  • Entries in the Design as Idea category are encouraged to include material appropriate to communicate the linkage between the proposed project and the ideas, notions, or concepts.
  • Entries in the Design as Art category where a single piece is submitted should include at least 1 image of the entire piece and at least 1 image of a representational detail.

The maximum file size for the PDF, JPG or Word file is 10 MB. Larger files required for movies, animation, or films may be burned to a CD and mailed and received by the deadline. Contact one of the Competition Coordinators (listed below) two weeks in advance of the deadline to arrange an alternate format of submission.

Format for Design or Artist Statement (abstract)

  • 4,000 character statement: Designer/Artist(s) must copy & paste a 4,000 character (maximum - including spaces) statement. The online submission does not support footnotes or endnotes.

The intent of the statement is to clarify the nature of the entry and is used by the jurors to better understand and evaluate the project. It should explain the project’s conceptual formulation, idea generation or inspiration, the creation process, the method used, and any other aspects the designer or artist feels necessary to explain best the intellectual thought or purpose behind the creative work. The concept, design program, and objectives must be clearly and succinctly stated for the jurors to distinguish excellence among the conceptual and built design work. If necessary, paragraph titles or subheadings may be used. If others besides the submitter worked on the project or artwork, the submitter’s role should be explained in detail.


All submissions must be made through the online submission form. The on-line submission process will provide further instructions regarding contact information, how to submit an abstract, and other important information. Only those abstracts submitted through the on-line process will be accepted for review.

Deadlines and Schedule

  • October 12, 2017: Abstracts received no later than 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time
  • November 17, 2017: Email notice of abstract acceptance/rejection with reviewer scores/comments.
  • January 5, 2018: Schedule of Presentations provided to authors.
  • March 7-10, 2018: IDEC 2018 Annual Conference to be held in Boston, MA.

Schedule of Presentation

Every effort to avoid conflict in presentation times is made. Your provision of co-author/co-presenter and panelist names is necessary at the time of submission, even if their attendance has not yet been confirmed. Once the schedule is set, changes are not possible due to the pairing of paper topics and the many demands of conference scheduling. We appreciate your help and understanding very much. 


Submission requiring payment can be made online through the online submission system. Payment by credit card only is permitted. Submission fees are nonrefundable. Rates are as follows:

  • IDEC members (maximum of 2 as first author): Free
  • Non-members (maximum of 2 as first author): $40.00 for each submission

Presentation Requirements

Selected entries must prepare a presentation of their project for the conference. Presentations allow the designer or artist to share their inspiration, conceptual framework, process, and methods as appropriate to their work. Additional writing for inclusion in the proceedings may be requested. Further details will be sent at time of jury decision.

Original Work Statement

Scholarship submissions must be original work of the author or authors. Existing precedent work of the author and/or of others that directly influenced the scholarship should be cited in the submission.  Scholarship previously published or presented must be significantly built upon for consideration. Submissions found in violation of this policy will be disqualified from review.

Juried Competition and Awards

Review Process: Selection of works to be presented at the conference is determined by three juries - one for each category. Each jury is composed of highly qualified individuals who are engaged in the practice of design or art. The specific criteria for the jury will decide upon judging based partly upon the experience and views of the jury, the range of submissions, and will vary.

In addition to their expertise, each jury uses the criteria below to evaluate submitted Projects:

  • Conceptual Significance (as articulated in the submitted abstract)
  • Visual Presence (strength of narrative as described in images submitted)
  • Strength of Aesthetic Value (principles underlying and guiding the work relevant to subject)
  • Ingenuity or Novelty (in use of materials or methods or technology)
  • Mastery in Craftsmanship (demonstration of a comprehensive knowledge of techniques)
  • Quality of Solution (as framed by the designer or artist statement)

Submission Quality: Each year the works of Creative Scholarship continue to increase in quality and professionalism. For this reason, it is extremely important that each submission best reflects your stated intention. Pay careful consideration to your narrative, how you compose and present your project, and the clarity and accuracy of the images within your submission.

Note: Unlike the review of abstracts for papers and presentations where the entrant is given feedback on the quality of their paper, the juries for Creative Scholarship may only provide comments on those works of design and art accepted for show. This is considered standard practice for all juried competitions. When these comments are made, they will be forwarded to IDEC for distribution to the entrants.

Submission site is now closed.


Contact the 2018 IDEC Creative Scholarship Coordinator with any questions.

Hessam Ghamari, Assistant Professor
Appalachian State University, 828-262-7570

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