IDEC Announces 2018 Award Winners

The Interior Design Educators Council values the recognition of excellence in teaching, scholarship and service from both its own membership and the larger international design community. IDEC presented various awards based on documented excellence to students and industry professionals during its 2018 Annual Conference.

IDEC Awards

Council of Fellows Inductee: Caren Martin, Associate Professor Director - University of Minnesota

Arnold Friedmann Educators of Distinction Award: Allison Carll-White, Professor - University of Kentucky

Presidential Award: 

  • Stephanie Sickler, Visiting Assisting Professor, Florida State University
  • Hepi Wachter, University of Oklahoma - IDEC President Elect
  • Migette Kaup, Kansas State University - IDEC Past President
  • Cindy Martimo, Sperides Reiners Architect - IDEC Secretary/Treasurer
  • Jennifer Webb, University of Arkansas - IDEC Director (Scholarship)
  • Amy Campos, California College of the Arts - IDEC Director (Service)
  • Marsha Cuddeback, Louisiana State University - IDEC Director (Teaching)
  • Suining Ding, Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne - IDEC Director (Regions)

Book AwardDr. Dak Kopec for the book Health and Well-being for Interior Architecture.

Community Service AwardShalini Agrawal & Chris Treggiari

Media Award: Rebekah Radtke for her work Reimagining Living and Learning Spaces on Campus.

Teaching Excellence AwardLindsey Fay & The School of Interiors at the University of Kentucky: Patrick Lee Lucas, Allison Carll-White, Joseph Rey-Barreau, Helen Turner, Rebekah Radtke, Christina Birkentall, Christine Mobley, Barbara Young, Jill Leckner and Gregory Marinic

IIDA 2017 Diversity Award: Abimbola Asojo, Professor of Interior Design - University of Minnesota

JID Scholarship Excellence: Xiaobo Quan, Anjali Joseph & Upali Nanda for Developing Evidence-based Tools for Design and Evaluating Hospital Inpatient Rooms

Conference Awards of Excellence

Creative Scholarship

  • Best in Category - Design as Art: Felicia Dean for Racial Identity's Intuitive Influence on the Creative Process
  • Best in Category - Design as Interior: Jeffrey Day for FLOCK
  • Best in Category - Design as Idea: Jeffrey Day for Soft Stones & Stones Table

Written Scholarship Awards:

  • Best Presentation - Teaching & Learning: Rana  Abudayyeh for Living systems >> Adaptive boundaries
  • Best Presentation - Design Research: Leah Scolere for Pinterest as a collaborative tool: negotiating participation in the design process
  • Best Presentation -Attendees Choice: Rebekah Matheny for Redefining Retail Design: A Collaborative Approach to Millennial-Centric Solutions
  • Best Graduate Student Presentation: Lesa Lorusso and Candy Carmel-Gilfilen for From STEM to STEAM: An interior design studio as a means for cross-campus interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Best Poster Presentation: Caroline Matteson for Music as a Mediator: Designing a Public Music Library

Student Design Competition:

  • Third Place winner - Beginning Undergraduate
    Dana Calinisan
  • Second Place winner - Beginning Undergraduate
    Chloe Cudney
    Sacredness Among Scarcity
  • First Place winner - Beginning Undergraduate
    Sasha Weleber
    The Light Observatory
  • Advanced Undergraduate - Honorable Mentions
    Tori Palynchuk

    Alexandrea Sosalla
  • Third Place winner - Advanced Undergraduate
    Yasaman Saeidi
    The Chamber of Light
  • First Place winner (tie) - Advanced Undergraduate
    Kirsten L. Montalbano
    Yugen Student Meditation Center
  • First Place winner (tie) - Advanced Undergraduate
    Kelsey Muir
    House of Verse: Poetry Library for Exploration of Ideas and Mindfulness
  • Second Place winner - Graduate Studio
    Sarah Morgan Nix
    Inhale Exhale Spatial Textile Design
  • First Place winner - Graduate Studio
    Alyssa Garvey
    Field of Flowers

Foundation Graduate Scholars: Lesa Lorusso - The University of Florida


Special Projects Grant: Dr. Alana Pulay Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University for Classroom Interior Variables Influence on Teacher Absenteeism and Productivit