IDEC Call for Abstracts

IDEC 2021 Annual Conference

Deadline: Monday September 28 11:59 p.m. pst.

The Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) invites educators from around the globe to submit abstracts that explore the foundations of interior design, its teaching, and scholarship. Abstracts are double-blind reviewed by qualified reviewers who provide recommendations for accepted presentations at the IDEC 2021 Annual Conference to be held virtually March 1 - 5, 2021.

Authors are encouraged to submit creative and scholarly abstracts that celebrate the discipline of interior design in its many facets: pedagogy, history, theory, practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and any other topic of current and/or continuing relevance to interior design. Several abstract formats will be considered for presentation, and many methods of inquiry are invited. All submissions are expected to be original scholarship or ideas that have not been presented previously at other scholarly venues, including regional and previous IDEC conferences.


  • September 28, 2020: Abstracts received no later than 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
  • December 15, 2020: Email notice of abstract acceptance/rejection with reviewer scores/comments. You must confirm your presentation by December 28, 2020.
  • December 28, 2020: Confirmation of Presentation.
  • January 13, 2021: Schedule of Presentations provided to authors.
  • February 2021: Early Bird Conference Registration
  • March 1 - 5, 2021: IDEC 2021 Annual Conference held virtually.

Click here to view the submission site.

Presentation Categories

All abstracts submitted for review must be identified by at least one of the presentation categories outlined below.


Design as Idea: Projects in this category explore the entire spectrum of design. Submissions can be conceptual in character and/or completed projects. 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, hospitality design, or design-build projects by students. 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, furniture, lighting, textile design, or product design, 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.

Each creative scholarship entry must include the following items submitted online:

  • Completed Creative Scholarship Entry Form
  • 2-10 images of your project, in a single PDF file (10 page maximum)
  • Design or artist statement for each submission, not to exceed 4000 characters including spaces
  • 110 character (including spaces) summary of abstract to be used in conference program
  • Bio of the primary designer/artist

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

This year, Creative Scholarship may be submitted as a presentation or poster.


Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL): Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) abstracts emphasize relevant teaching, projects, curriculum, or pedagogical issues used in interior design. SOTL abstracts should identify the topic or question, project intent, curriculum development, or pedagogical issue at hand, present the process of development or instructional methods used to address the issue, student outcomes, work, or learning, and provide insight for teaching and learning. It is expected that the scholarship presented will have reached preliminary conclusions and/or implications that can be shared with the audience. Project(s) should be complete at the time of abstract submission and be reflected in the abstract. Scholarship that is in process or preliminary in nature should be submitted as a poster. Each SOTL entry must include an appendix of up to 5 pages or images submitted online. Submissions without an appendix will not be reviewed. The appendix should include supplemental materials, which may consist of (but not limited to) project outlines, project statements, and examples of student outcomes if available. Please save the appendix using the title of the abstract (e.g., titleofabstractsyllabus.pdf or titleofabstractproject.pdf).

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

Scholarship of Design Research (SODR): Scholarship of Design Research (SODR) abstracts explore theoretical, historical, or practical aspects of the interior design discipline in both practice and education. Scholarship of Design Research abstracts should define the question, or problem explored, place the question in context, present the method of investigation, approach or position, highlight the investigations argument or conclusions, and make an essential contribution to interior design.

Presentation Formats for SOTL, SODR, and Creative Scholarship:

All abstracts submitted for review must identify which of the following presentation formats are being proposed. Each presentation format has unique characteristics that support particular types of information or processes. It is encouraged that these characteristics be considered when preparing abstracts for review. Each presentation format is described below. Creative Scholarship may be submitted within the Presentation or Poster formats.

Presentation: Presentations provide a forum for the formal presentation of scholarly work. This category is best suited for the scholarship that has reached conclusions and/or implications that can be shared with the audience. This format provides an opportunity for work to be offered for questions and comments. Presentations are 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. When preparing for your presentation please plan for the Q and A session. See rubrics for evaluation criteria.
Presentations that are not recommended for acceptance may be considered for acceptance in the poster category.

Panel: Panel presentations encourage open discussion and opinions. A moderator will submit the abstract proposal and invite up to five presenters to participate. No panelist names should appear in the abstract though their names should be listed as co-presenters at the time of submission (this facilitates conflict-free scheduling). The topic should be one that would benefit from diverse opinions and open discussion. Panel presentations are 60 minutes in length. Typically, panelists make their individual presentations in the first 40 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of discussion with the audience See rubrics for evaluation criteria.

Poster: Posters utilize a graphic format intended to foster one-on-one dialogue between the presenter and the conference attendees. This category is intended for scholarship that is preliminary, ongoing, or will benefit from this informal presentation and discussion format. Abstracts submitted in this category must include a description of/or information concerning the graphic presentation being proposed (medium, format, etc.). Only one poster submission per person will be accepted. See rubrics for evaluation criteria. New this year, any abstract submitted in the poster category regardless of whether it is SOTL, SODR, or Creative Scholarship must have an appendix.

Roundtable Discussion: The roundtable discussion format is being temporarily placed on hold. This format will return next year.

Teaching & Learning (TL) in the Round:

Teaching & Learning (TL) in the Round: Presenters are encouraged to submit ‘virtually interactive’ projects, assignments, or other planned learning activities, developed and facilitated by an Interior Design educator, that advance creativity and effectiveness in teaching and learning in Interior Design during COVID-19.  Accepted proposals will showcase innovative teaching methods and responses related to the online interior design education in a virtual roundtable format.  Presenters should anticipate that attendees will be attending the presentations with the intent of using the assignment/project in one of their courses virtually.  Presenters should organize the presentation to make this adoption process as easy as possible for participants. Presenters should be prepared to share their presentation materials with attendees in lieu of hard copies that would normally be shared in a face-to-face TL in the Round session.  Each TL in the Round is one hour long and features three presenters who will facilitate three (3) 20-minute presentations and discussions. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in each of the three presentations. Abstract description of innovative teaching method or practice should clearly define how it applies to the online interior design education during COVID-19, and provide a description of how the presenter will engage educators attending the session.

Pecha Kucha:

Pecha Kucha (Japanese: chit-chat) is a simple presentation format in which speakers show 20 slides for 20 seconds each, usually seen in a multiple-speaker event (8 – 10) called a Pecha Kucha Night. The 20 images advance automatically, and speakers talk along to the images keeping the presentations concise and fast-paced. This format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture as a way to showcase creative design work through quick informative presentations.

The Pecha Kucha Night @ IDEC focuses on creative teaching ideas presented as a series of images. Each speaker will be given 6 minutes and 40 seconds to discuss 20 slides for 20 seconds each. Presentations should focus on innovative teaching ideas, creative project processes, and/or developed project outcomes. These presentations should rely heavily on images instead of text.

In order to support the diversity of presentations offered at Conference, there is a limit on the maximum number of Pecha Kucha submissions. Authors serving in the role of primary or lead contributors are limited to two (2) Pecha Kucha submissions. There is no limit on a faculty member serving as coauthor.

Graduate Student Submissions

Graduate students are encouraged to submit within the poster category as these are informal presentation styles. However graduate students may submit individually or participate with a sponsoring faculty member in any of the above formats.

Graduate students will identify their status on the online submission form. Presentations of the accepted abstract will follow the formats listed above. Note:  Each non-member student submitting as the lead author must upload documentation proving current student status. Documentation can be either 1) unofficial transcript for the current semester or 2) a signed letter by a faculty member on the school’s letterhead verifying the student’s status.

Submission Requirements

Submissions that do not satisfy all requirements will be disqualified from review.

Identification: To assure blind review, submissions must NOT include author(s) name(s), institutional affiliation(s), course numbers, or other forms of identification (including photographs, curriculum vitae, or assignments in the appendix). Please ensure that identifying information is not included in the appendix and save the appendix using the title of the abstract (e.g., titleofabstractsyllabus.pdf or titleofabstractproject.pdf).

Submission: All submissions must be made through the online submission form. The online submission process will provide further instructions regarding contact information, how to submit an abstract, and other relevant information. Only abstracts submitted through the online process will be accepted for review. Duplicate submissions to multiple presentation formats are not allowed (e.g., the same abstract cannot be submitted to the poster and presentation category; the same abstract cannot be submitted to the Creative Scholarship and SOTL category).


All abstract submissions must include the following:

  • Presentation category: Creative Scholarship, Scholarship of Design Research or Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, TL in the Round or Pecha Kucha.
  • Presentation format: Presentation, Poster, or Panel
  • Select content areas from the following drop down (not applicable for TL in the Round and Pecha Kucha):
      -   History & Theory
      -   Globalism & Multiculturalism
      -   Pedagogy
      -   Practice
      -   Social & Environmental Impact
      -   Open Track

  • Title of abstract: Copy and paste the abstract title into the online submission form. Maximum 120 characters with spacing limit.
  • 4,000 character abstract including spaces: Author(s) must copy and paste a 4,000 (maximum, including spaces) character abstract that follows the requirements for the specific presentation category and format. Please note that this count includes in-text citations and headings. The online submission does not support footnotes or endnotes.
  • References: One reference is required for SODR,  SOTL, and CS formats. Include up to five (maximum) references; Authors may utilize APA, MLA, Chicago Style, or any nationally recognized format that best represents the author’s style of scholarship. References for TL in the Round and Pecha Kucha are optional.
  • Appendix: An Appendix of up to 5 pages or images including tables/charts and/or other appropriate supplemental material may be included as a PDF. SOTL abstracts of any format, Posters, Creative Scholarship, TL in the Round, and Pecha Kucha must include an Appendix. No identifying information (author name, school name, author photo, etc.) is allowed in the appendix. SODR abstracts do not require an appendix but may be included. SODR abstracts submitted to the presentation or panel category do not require an appendix but may be included.

Please note that the abstract and appendix submitted for the review process will be printed in the proceedings following the conference. There will be no opportunity for additional edits. Those who do not present will not be included in the conference proceedings.

Additional information: The following information is required with the abstract but is not part of the blind review process. This information is required of all submission categories and formats.

  • Author(s): Use the online submission form to list author(s) and institution(s) in order. All panel, presentation and poster primary authors and coauthors must be listed to facilitate accuracy in scheduling presentations.
  • 110 character summary: This summary will be published in the conference brochure exactly as submitted.
  • 270 character author bio and photo: The primary author must include a bio and headshot.


All submissions must be in PDF format and submitted electronically using the IDEC online form by the deadline. 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 the 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 or Object category where a single piece is submitted should include at least five (5) images of the entire piece and at least one (1) image of representational detail.

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


  1. My submitted abstract and appendices (if included) have no identifying information.
  2. I have only submitted my abstract to one presentation format.
  3. I have not submitted my abstract to another conference or venue, nor has my abstract been published or presented previously.
  4. Does your abstract contain content on diversity, equity, or inclusion? If yes, please check the box.
  5. Does your abstract promote health, safety, and wellness? If yes, please check the box.


Submission/s 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 are free to IDEC members across any presentation format or category. Member must supply membership number.
  • Non-members or additional submissions: $50.00 for each submission.
  • Non-member Students: $15.00 for each submission

Click here to save on submission fees by becoming a member of IDEC. Don't forget, Graduate students at institutions with a valid Institutional Membership are eligible for free Institutional Graduate Student Memberships. Email to determine if you qualify.


Scholarship and Pecha Kucha 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 (e.g., same abstract accepted to Virtual Fall Symposia, submitted to Annual Conference).

Please note that TL in the Round and Pecha Kucha presentations are intended to share classroom experiences, spark ideas, and conversation.  They are not considered IDEC Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, as these presentations do not necessarily assess outcomes of teaching.  Those submitting proposals should consult their institution's guidelines for citation and relevance to tenure & promotion.

Schedule of Presentation:

Every effort to avoid conflict in presentation times is made. The inclusion of coauthor/co-presenter and panelist names are 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.


For technical questions or difficulties submitting your abstract, contact Kirsten Lew at IDEC at:

For SOTL or SODR abstract content questions, please contact the Abstract Review Coordinator and/or Scholarship Collaborative Coordinator. Please copy all below on correspondence.

Kristin Maki, Assistant Professor
IDEC Abstract Review Coordinator
University of Alabama

Amanda Gale, Assistant Professor
IDEC Coordinator, Scholarship Collaborative
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

For Creative Scholarship content questions, please contact the Creative Scholarship Coordinator. Please copy all below on correspondence.

John Humphries, Associate Professor
Creative Scholarship Coordinator
Miami University

For content questions TL in the Round OR Pecha Kucha, please contact the Teaching Collaborative Coordinator.

Seyeon Lee, Assistant Professor
Teaching Collaborative Coordinator
Syracuse University

Click here to review the rubrics.

Click here to view the submission site.