IDEC 2021 Virtual Fall Symposium

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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 virtual IDEC 2021 Fall ‎Symposium.‎

Authors are encouraged to submit scholarly and creative 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 research or ideas that have not been ‎presented previously at other scholarly venues, including previous IDEC regional and national conferences.‎

Conference Theme: You Are Here

You are here, wherever that “here” may be. “Here” simultaneously refers to a place in time and to a place in space. ‎Perhaps the here where you find yourself is not what you imagined in “the before world” when we tricked ourselves ‎into believing we could “plan”. The place where we now find ourselves just “is”. It is where we are, the point from ‎which we take our next steps. ‎

Consider this an invitation to reflect upon where you are in time and space and what is meaningful to you in your ‎work. The making of meaning is highly personal even when it takes its form in professional work, academic or ‎otherwise. This season, IDEC offers a safe space and open arms to authentic sharing of scholarship, creative activity, ‎teaching, and discussions. Whatever it is that you bring to this table, we look forward to hearing about it. We will meet ‎you wherever you are.‎


  • June 7: Abstracts received no later than 11:59 Pacific Standard Time
  • August 2: Accepted abstracts notified
  • August 9: Deadline to confirm accepted presentations
  • October 1, 2021 and October 15, 2021: IDEC 2021 Virtual Fall Symposium

Presentation Categories

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

Creative Scholarship:

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.

SODR and SOTL Scholarship:

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).

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, highlight study ‎conclusions, and be significant and relevant to the discipline.‎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

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.

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.

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.

Creative Scholarship:

Each creative scholarship entry must include the following:‎

  • 2-10 images of your project, in a single PDF file (10 page maximum, 10 MB maximum)‎
    • Entries in the Design as Art 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.‎
    • 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 Interior category are encouraged to include plan/sectional information as ‎appropriate to works of the interior, architecture, furniture, and/or product design.‎
  • 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 symposium program

Abstract Submission:

All abstract submissions must include the following:

  • Presentation category: Creative Scholarship, Scholarship of Design Research, or Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
  • Presentation format: Presentation, Poster, or Panel
  • Select content areas from the following drop down (not applicable for Creative Scholarship:
    –   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 all 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.
  • 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, and Creative Scholarship 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.

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).

Checkboxes (Please Check the Following Prior to Submitting):

  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 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

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Original Work Statement

Scholarship 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).

Schedule of Presentations

All presenters should plan to be available to present on October 1st and October 15th. Presentations will be grouped based on paper topics and presenters will not have the opportunity to select a preferred date for their presentation. Once the schedule is set, changes are not possible due to the pairing of paper topics and the many demands of presentation scheduling. We appreciate your help and understanding.


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