Wednesday, March 6

7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration Open
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CIDA Workshop (Pre-registration required) 
1 p.m. – 5 p.m Pre-Conference Workshops (Pre-registration required) 

Integrating WELL Features and LEED Strategies into the Curriculum and Universal Design Beyond Wheelchairs

2 p.m – 4 p.m JID Author’s Workshop: Shaping a Creative Scholarship Visual Essay (Pre-registration required)
5:30 p.m. –
7 p.m.
Opening Reception

Thursday, March 7 

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration Open
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. – 4:45 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch with Exhibitor Sponsors and Graduate 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.  – 9:30 p.m. Awards Presentation/Pecha Kucha

Friday, March 8

7:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Exhibit Hall Open
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 Posters
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
Designing for Human Health: The WELL Building StandardTM (Lunch included – Pre-registration required)
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. – 7:30 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: Charlotte, 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 a Tour WELL Spent *Separate Registration
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Post-Conference Workshop – Student Engagement Thinking Outside of the Box (Pre-registration required) 
6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Reception
7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Awards Banquet (RSVP Required)

Saturday Session, Workshop, and Tour Descriptions

Please click here for a list of all the speakers, times, and locations, Thursday-Saturday.


*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


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