2019 South Regional Call for Creative Scholarship


South Region Call For Abstracts 


Deadline: Monday, June 3 | Midnight (PST)

Acceptance Notification: Entrants will be notified by email whether or not the entry has been accepted for presentation at the regional conference no later than the second week in August.

Conference Dates: October 9-12
Conference Location: Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Conference Theme: Unpacking Systems –  The Fall 2019 South regional conference will unpack how we think, teach, study, and execute design. Together we will ask tough questions and make bold statements about the role of design and designed systems, products, and processes in response to the most critical challenges of our time.

Abstract Preparation Guidelines
Categories of Submission: 

Entrants may submit projects/works in any of the 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. At least one member of each jury will be an IDEC member.

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 would be any works of art; either created as individual pieces or composed as a series consisting of multiple parts. Works may be produced in any medium, including but not limited to all traditionally based media, as well as digital, multi-media, or installation. 

Authorship and Ethics: Submissions may be completed by one or multiple authors. Scholarship submissions must be original work of the designer/artists or designers/artists. If other individuals besides the submitter worked on the project or artwork, the submitter’s role should be explained in detail in the statement. Existing precedent work of the designer/artists and/or of others that directly influenced the scholarship should be acknowledged 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.

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 attention to your narrative, how you compose and present your project, and the clarity and accuracy of the images you include with your submission.

Eligibility: All projects must have been completed within the last three years by Interior Design educators or graduate students. While completing the work, all eligible individuals must have held at the minimum a half-time (50%) teaching appointment or full-time status as a graduate student.

Identifiers: The online submission form will include your name, and a coded identification will be assigned to your submission. To assure a blind review, please pay careful attention to not include your name, school affiliation, or any other form of identification in the title, summary, abstract, images, file names, or supplemental materials. Entries that do not adhere to all competition guidelines will be disqualified.


Text – Design or Artist Statements (Narratives) are limited to 500 words. Do not use format commands such as bold, tab, or bullet points. Submitted images may be referenced within the Statement, and those references should match the file name or label of the image. The intent of the Statement is to clarify the nature of the entry, and it will be used by the jurors to better understand and evaluate the project/work. The Statement should explain the project to assist the juror’s understanding of the designer/artist’s intellectual thought or purpose and the final expression. The content should clearly and succinctly describe the original ideation, objectives, process, materials, technology, and final solution; while referring to the jurying criteria below. 

Images – Two to ten (2-10) images of your project, labels or captions added for clarity, in a single PDF or JPG file,10 page maximum and 10 MB limit. Submitted electronically as a single file 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. Larger files required for movies, animation, or films may be burned to a CD and mailed and received by the deadline. Contact the Competition Coordinator for the South Region two weeks in advance of the deadline to arrange an alternate format of submission.

  • 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 supporting it.
  • 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.

Presentation at Conference – Selected entries must prepare a digital or poster presentation of their project for the conference. Your preferred format for presentation will be indicated in your online submission through the IDEC webpage. 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 the time of the jury decision.

Review Process:

Selection of works to be presented at the conference is determined by jury. Each jury is composed of highly qualified individuals who are engaged in the practice of design or art. Past jury members have been design directors, principles of nationally and internationally recognized design firms, designers, architects, artists engaged in all aspects of creative expression, gallery curators and department chairs or deans of schools or colleges of design and art. The jury will decide upon specific criteria for judging based partly upon the experience and views of the jury, and the range of submissions.

In addition to their expertise, jury members use the criteria below to evaluate submitted projects:

  • Conceptual Significance (as articulated in the strength of the submitted narrative)
  • Visual Presence (as described and evident in the 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)

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 will not provide comments on the work submitted. This is considered standard practice for all juried competitions. 

Abstract Submission Guidelines

All regional conference abstracts will be uploaded to the IDEC web site to complete the review process in a timely and efficient manner. In addition, IDEC will be working with IDCEC to obtain CEU credits for the presentations. Collect the following information before beginning the online submission process; you can copy and paste text you have prepared beforehand into the spaces provided in the submission system.

Authorship Information:

  • Contact information – official communications will be sent to the identified primary designer or artist
  • Abbreviated biography of primary designer/artist (100 word max) – required for CEU credits to be obtained through IDCEC and offered during the regional conference
  • Listing of contributing designers/artists – as you would like printed in the proceedings
  • Is the lead designer/artist a student? Students who are not members of IDEC must submit a PDF to the IDEC office including a signed statement on the school’s letterhead verifying the student’s status.

Abstract Information:

  • Presentation format – Presentation, Poster
  • Category – Design as Interior, Design as Idea, Design as Art
  • Title – Do not include identifiers such as author(s) name(s) or school affiliation
  • Design or Artist Statement (Narrative) – 500-word maximum; system will not accept any text exceeding 500 words
  • Images – Two to ten (2-10) images of your project, labels or captions added for clarity, in a single PDF or JPG file,10 page maximum and 10 MB limit.


  • Payment by credit card only. Payments by credit card will be made online through the online submission system. Submission fees are non-refundable.
  • IDEC members: First two submissions free; $40.00 for third submission
  • Non-members: $40.00 for each submission
  • Non-Member Graduate Students*: $15.00 for each submission

Access the online submission site here

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