Join us for the 2018 Annual IDEC Conference in Boston!

March 7-10, 2018

Click here for a Special Note from Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau



Wednesday, March 7
Pre-Conference Workshops -Registration will open on 1/8/2018
Opening Reception
Thursday, March 8 

Keynote address
Research and Scholarship Concurrent Presentations
Strolling Lunch with Exhibitor Sponsors and Student Poster Presentations
Pecha Kucha

Friday, March 9
Strolling Breakfast with Exhibitor Sponsors and Professional Poster Presentations
New Members/ Grad Student Fellows Breakfast
Student Competition Display
Research and Scholarship Concurrent Presentations
Regional Meetings
Research and Scholarship Concurrent Presentations
Network Happy Hour

Saturday, March 10
Student Competition Posters (continued)
Research and Scholarship Concurrent Presentations
Business Meeting
Town Hall Meeting/Open Forum
Local Tours
Post- Conference Workshop – Registration will open on 1/8/2018
President’s Dinner – Sponsored by IIDA

Sunday, March 11
CIDA Workshop

Registration Fees                                                                                                             

Registration Type

Member Early Bird*/Regular
$500 / $575
Non-member Early Bird*/Regular
$625 / $725
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 TBA
CIDA Workshop
Fenway Park Tour $20
The Gropius House $45 (includes fee for transportation and admission)
* Early Bird Deadline: January 26, 2018

Mobile App

Navigate the event like a pro with the 2018 Annual Conference mobile app, powered by Core-apps
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.



50 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116, United States
Phone: (617) 426-2000  •  Hotel Reservations: (800) 225-2008 and reference “IDEC 2018”
Queen or Double Room Conference Rate: $219 plus applicable taxes*
*Hotel cut-off date is Friday, February 2, 2018
Click here to access the hotel site to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation.  


Sponsors & Exhibitors

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

Click here to View the available opportunities and to see a list of current sponsors and exhibitors. If interested, please contact Kelly Smykal at or 847-686-2323.


Conference Tracks

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

Click here for a complete description of the conference tracks

Authors are encouraged to submit scholarly abstracts that celebrate the discipline of interior design in all its many facets: its pedagogy, history, theory, practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and any other topic of current and/or continuing relevance to interior design. Three different abstract formats will be considered for presentation, and many methods of inquiry are invited. All submissions are expected to be original research that has not been presented previously at other scholarly venues.

Call for Abstracts

Call for Creative Scholarship

Call for Pecha Kucha

We are no longer accepting submissions. Thank you to those who submitted! Check back in 2018 for next year’s call for abstracts! Email with questions.



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 2018 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



Saturday, March 10th, 1:30 pm (Tour lasts 1 hour)  

“America’s Most Beloved Ballpark” is uniquely nestled in the city of Boston. Fenway Park is a place where dreams are made, traditions are celebrated and baseball is forever. See the home of Red Sox Legends, Williams, Yaz, Fisk and Rice. Visit Pesky’s Pole and sit atop the world famous Green Monster which stands 37 feet 2 inches high overlooking leftfield. Our experienced tour guides will provide a thrilling, one hour, walking tour of Fenway Park. Bilingual tours are available in Spanish and Japanese with advance notice. We welcome all fans to Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox and the pulse of Red Sox Nation.

1.5 miles from hotel


The Gropius House  $45 (includes fee for transportation and admission to Gropius House 
Saturday, March 10th, 1:15 pm (Shuttle bus leaves at 1:15 pm – returns at 5:00 pm)  

Walter Gropius, founder of the German design school known as the Bauhaus, was one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century. He designed Gropius House as his family home when he came to teach architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Modest in scale, the house was revolutionary in impact. Gropius House is a National Historic Landmark. Gropius House combined traditional elements of New England architecture—wood, brick, and fieldstone—with innovative materials including glass block, acoustical plaster, chrome banisters, and the latest technology in fixtures. It features a significant collection of furniture designed by Marcel Breuer and fabricated in Bauhaus workshops. With the family’s possessions still in place, Gropius House has a sense of immediacy and intimacy. In true Bauhaus style, the house and its landscape exemplify maximum efficiency and simplicity.