2015 Midwest Regional Conference

2015 Midwest Regional Conference 
Challenge: Change + Tradition
October 15-16, 2015
October 15 – Haworth Headquarters, Holland, MI
October 16 – Herman Miller Greenhouse and Design Yard, Holland, MI


Thursday, October 15 Haworth Corporate Headquarters
8:30 am- 9:00 am Breakfast sponsored by Haworth
9:00 am- 10:00 am Presentation Group A

  1. Connecting Millennials with Clients: Examples from Two Studio Projects
    Christina Birkentall, University of Kentucky
  2. Game-based Learning Strategies in Interior Design Studios: A Concept Paper
    Zina Alaswad, Iowa State University (Student)
10:00 am- 11:00 am Haworth Office Tour
11:00 am- 12:00 pm Presentation Group B

  1. Hybridizing Design History: Strategically Merging Virtual Experiences with Interpersonal Encounters to Facilitate Multimodal Learning
    Helen Turner, University of Kentucky
  2. Pedagogy [Re] Design
    Patrick Lee Lucas, University of Kentucky
12:00 pm- 1:00 pm Lunch sponsored by Haworth
Kip Alstaetter- IIDA representative
1:00 pm- 2:00 pm Presentation Group C

  1. Researched-based Design and Empowerment of Interior Designers Using Research
    Diane Kitchell
  2. Creative Service Learning:  Two Community-Centered Studio Projects from Conception to Completion
    Darlene Davison, Maryville University
    Jessica Senne, Maryville University
2:00 pm- 3:15 pm Haworth Manufacturing Tour
3:15 pm- 4:15 pm Presentation Group D

  1. Designing for Designers: A College Renovation
    Rebekah Radtke, University of Kentucky
  2. Eurus: Folding into Rhythm and Algorithm
    Jiangmei Wu, Indiana University
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Evening Pecha Kucha Event Sponsored by Texas/Oklahoma IIDAPresentation Group E

  1. Digital Leap: History + Theory Online
    Patrick Lee Lucas, University of Kentucky
    Helen Turner, University of Kentucky
  2. Designing for Cultural Differences
    Wendy VanderNoordaa, Illinios State University
5:15 pm – 5:30 pm Closing Comments
Thank You to our sponsors!Dinner on your own
Friday, October 16 Herman Miller
Breakfast on your own prior to 9:00 am
9:00 am- 12:00 pm Herman Miller Tour: GreenHouse
(time includes tour and brief drive time to the Design Yard for lunch and afternoon sessions)
12:00 pm-1:00 pm Lunch sponsored by Herman Miller
Midwest Region Business Meeting
1:00 pm- 2:00 pm Presentation Group F

  1. Lighting:  Emotional Responses and Preferences in the Hospitality Setting
    Susan Ray-Degges, North Dakota State University;
    Lynsey Mogck, DGSW Architects; Matthew McCarty, Restoration Hardware; Ronald Degges, North Dakota State University
  2. Experience  :  Reflect  :  Think  :  Act  :  Lessons from a Healthcare Studio
    Lindsey Fay, University of Kentucky
2:00 pm- 3:15 pm Herman Miller Tour: Design Yard
3:15 pm- 4:15 pm Presentation Group G

  1. Suburban Modernism: The Architecture and Interior Design of Ralph and Mary Jane Fournier
    Jessica Senne, Maryville University
  2. People + Place:  An Interface Between Humans and the Built Environment
    Dana Vaux, University of Nebraska, Kearney
4:15 pm- 4:30 pm Closing Comments
Thank You to our sponsors!

Registration Information:
Early Bird Rates Available Until October 1, 2015
Registration Deadline: October 7, 2015

IDEC Member (early bird rate) $130
IDEC Member (regular rate) $155
IDEC Member: One Day Only (early bird rate) $100
IDEC Member: One Day Only (regular rate) $110
Non-Member (early bird rate) $155
Non-Member (regular rate) $180
Non-Member: One Day Only (early bird rate) $125
Non-Member: One Day Only (regular rate) $135
Student (early bird rate) $50
Student (regular rate) $75
Student: One Day Only (early bird rate) $30
Student: One Day Only (regular rate) $45

Register online now!

  • Registration for Thursday includes Haworth headquarters and factory tours; breakfast and lunch; evening Pecha Kucha event
  • Registration for Friday includes Herman Miller Greenhouse and Design Yard tours; lunch
  • If you are flying or driving through Chicago, you may also want to take part in Open House Chicago on Saturday & Sunday, following the conference.  It’s free! http://www.openhousechicago.org

Recommended Hotels:

  • City Flats Hotel
  • DoubleTree
  • Hampton Inn
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Residence Inn

Thank You To Our Sponsors:



*Early Bird Deadline: February 15   

Registration Type
Member $575
Non-member $920
Student Member $325
One Day option Member – MUST select Thursday or Friday $225
One Day option Non-Member – MUST select Thursday or Friday $470
Workshops and Tours
Pre- Conference Workshops $75
JID Author’s Workshop: Shaping a Creative Scholarship Visual Essay
CIDA Workshop $400
Designing for Human Health: The WELL Building StandardTM (Lunch included) $90
Tours $30


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Sheraton/LeMeridian 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

**Rate expires February 15. After this date, rate increases to $199 per night.


For the first time, IDEC is pleased to offer corporate travel discounts with Delta, United Airlines, Avis and Budget rentals. We hope our attendees will take advantage of these special rates! Learn more.


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