2019 Annual Conference




Wednesday, March 6

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  CIDA Workshop *Separate Registration
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshops - Integrating WELL Features and LEED Strategies into the Curriculum and Universal Design Beyond Wheelchairs *Separate Registration

5:30 p.m. -
7 p.m.

Opening Reception

Thursday, March 7 

8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. Keynote Address
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Research and Scholarship Concurrent Presentations
11:15 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch with Exhibitor Sponsors and Student Poster Presentations
Noon - 1 p.m. ASID Panel - Designer Career Pathways and Compensation *RSVP Required
1 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Research and Scholarship Concurrent Presentations
8 p.m.  - 9 p.m. Pecha Kucha
Friday, March 8
7:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Strolling Breakfast with Exhibit Sponsors and Professional Poster Presentations
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. New Members/Grad Student Fellows Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Student Competition Display
8:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Research and Scholarship Concurrent Presentations
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Regional Meetings
12:15 p.m. - 2 p.m. LUNCH ON YOUR OWN or Designing for Human Health: The WELL Building StandardTM (Lunch included) *Separate Registration
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Research and Scholarship Concurrent Presentations
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Fellows Forum
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Research and Scholarship Concurrent Presentations
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Network Happy Hour *RSVP Required
Saturday, March 9
8:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Student Competition Posters
8:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Research and Scholarship Concurrent Presentations
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. State of IDEC
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Town Hall Meeting/Open Forum
12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Second Annual Community Service Outreach Charrette: harlotte, NC *RSVP Required
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. IDEC Leadership Meeting *Invitation Required
1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Local Tours: Guided Museum Tour and Local Designers Tour *Separate Registration
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Post-Conference Workshop - Student Engagement Thinking Outside of the Box *Separate Registration
6:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Reception
7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Awards Banquet *RSVP Required


*Early Bird Deadline: February 11                                                                                              

Registration Type


Member Early Bird*/Regular

$500 / $575

Non-member Early Bird*/Regular

$820 / $920

Student Early Bird*/Regular

$250 / $325

One Day option Member – MUST select Thursday or Friday


One Day option Non-Member – MUST select Thursday or Friday



Workshops and Tours


Pre- Conference Workshops


CIDA Workshop


Designing for Human Health: The WELL Building StandardTM (Lunch included)

























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With the Annual Conference mobile app, you can:

  • Stay organized with up-to-the-minute Exhibitor, Speaker, and Event information
  • Receive important, real-time communications from IDEC
  • Build a personalized schedule and bookmark exhibitors
  • Take notes and download event handouts and presentations
  • Rate and comment on the sessions you attend
  • Locate sessions and exhibitors on the Westin River North venue map
  • Find attendees and connect with your colleagues
  • Stay in-the-know and join in on the conversation using the Social Media icon

Concerned about not having a strong signal at the event hotel during the conference? Anxious about the idea of your battery dying right in the middle of building your event schedule? Don't worry - we have you covered! Our mobile app is native  - which means an internet connection is not needed to access any of its impressive features. 


Sheraton Charlotte Hotel*
*Sleeping rooms will be located in the LeMeridan Tower
555 South McDowell Street
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28204 
Phone: (877) 782-0116.

Special IDEC rate: $169 per night
Book your room now


The IDEC Annual Conference draws on average more than 350 of the most influential interior design educators to its location - and North Carolina will be no different. Be a part of the advancement of interior design education, scholarship, and service this year.

View the available opportunities. If interested, email info@idec.org.


Human-Centered Design speaks to the critical role interior spaces play in the well being of people in the made environment. Specific conference tracks joining design scholars, educators, and creators aim to coalesce a body of work significant in size and focus and to facilitate collaboration amongst these design thinkers. You must select one of the Conference Tracks below or select Open Track. All submissions will be scored using established criteria and there is NO penalty or advantage to selecting a track. These will be used for scheduling and so that conference presenters and attendees can identify areas of interest.

  • Culture 
  • Pedagogy
  • Practice
  • Social Impact
  • Boundaries
  • Open Track


The Interior Design Educator's Council values the recognition of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service from both its own membership and the larger international design community. Awards will be presented at the 2019 Annual Conference.

  • Service Award
  • Merit Award
  • Presidential Award
  • Teaching Excellence Award
  • Scholarship Excellence Award
  • Community Service Award
  • Book Award
  • Media Award
  • Partners in Education Award
  • Industry Merit Award
  • Institutional Merit Award
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