IDEC 2022 Annual Conference Call for Abstract

New York, New York

Submissions are now closed

The Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) invites educators from around the globe to submit abstracts that explore the foundations of interior design, it’s teaching, and scholarship. Abstracts are double-blind reviewed by qualified reviewers who provide recommendations for accepted presentations at the IDEC 2022 Annual Conference to be held in New York on March 2 – 5, 2022.

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, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (new), 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 29, 2021: Abstracts submission process complete no later than 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time.
  • December 3, 2021: Email notice of abstract acceptance/rejection with reviewer ‎scores/comments. ‎
  • December 30, 2021: Deadline for Confirmation of Presentation.‎
  • January 14, 2022: Schedule of Presentations provided to authors. ‎
  • February 2022: Early Bird Conference Registration ends
  • March 2 – 5, 2022: IDEC 2022 Annual Conference held in New York. ‎


All abstracts submitted for review must be identified by at least one of the categories outlined below: Creative Scholarship, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL), or Scholarship of Design Research (SODR).


Design as Idea: This category explores the entire spectrum of design. Submissions can be conceptual in character and/or completed. Conceptual works can range from diagrammatic visual explorations of a theoretical design idea to illustrative design works.

Design as Interior: This category explores the entire spectrum of built or fabricated design. Submissions should be built work, including commercial and residential, or design-build projects. These will specifically consider an exploration or design intimately related to the interior environment.

Design as Art or Object: This category seeks 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.


Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL): Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) abstracts emphasize relevant teaching, projects, curriculum, or pedagogy in interior design. SOTL abstracts should identify the topic or question, project intent, curriculum development or pedagogy, and present the process of development or instructional methods, as well as student outcomes, work, or learning, and provide resulting 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. Work should be complete at the time of submission and this should be reflected in the abstract. Scholarship that is in process or preliminary in nature should be submitted as a poster. An SOTL of any format must include an appendix.

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, as well as highlight the argument or conclusions of the investigation, and identify an essential contribution to interior design.

Please Note: 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 this guideline will be disqualified.

Formats for Creative Scholarship, SOTL, and SODR

All abstracts submitted for review must align with one of the formats described below. 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. Creative Scholarship may be submitted within the Presentation or Poster formats.

Presentation: Presentations provide an opportunity for formal presentation of scholarly work. This format is best suited for scholarship that has reached conclusions and/or implications that can be shared and that can elicit questions and comments. Presentations are 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. When preparing for your presentation please plan for and leave time 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: Panels encourage open discussion and opinions. A moderator will submit the abstract proposal and invite up to five additional participants. 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 proposed in the abstract should be one that would benefit from diverse opinions and open discussion. Panel presentations are 60 minutes in length. Typically, panelists make their presentations in the first 40 minutes, then allow for 20 minutes of discussion with attendees. See rubrics for evaluation criteria.

Poster: Posters utilize a graphic format intended to foster one-on-one dialogue between the presenter and conference attendees. This category is optimal for scholarship that is preliminary, ongoing, or will benefit from informal presentation and discussion. Abstracts submitted in this category must include a description of/or information concerning the graphic presentation being proposed (medium, format, etc.). The poster must be 36” H X 42” W. Posters will be presented in an open forum at a designated time(s) during the conference. At least one presenter must be present during the designated time slot. Therefore, only one poster submission per person will be accepted. See rubrics for evaluation criteria. Please note, any abstract submitted in the poster category regardless of whether it is SOTL, SODR, or Creative Scholarship must have an appendix.

20 | 20 Sessions  ‎

The 20 | 20 Session is a presentation format in which speakers share ideas in 20 slides, each of which advances automatically after 20 seconds, usually seen in a multiple-speaker event (8 – 10) called a Pecha Kucha Night. This 20 x 20 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 20 | 20 Night @ IDEC focuses on creative teaching ideas presented through a series of images, rather than text. Each speaker will be given 6 minutes and 40 seconds (to discuss 20 slides for 20 seconds each) to share innovative ideas, creative processes, and/or developed outcomes related to interior design scholarship. 20|20 presentations will take place one evening during the annual Conference and then the entire event will last about one hour.

To support the diversity of presentations offered at the Conference, authors serving in the role of primary or lead contributors are limited to two (2) 20 | 20 submissions. There is no limit on a faculty member serving as co-author.


Graduate students are encouraged to submit within the poster category. 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. Note: Each non-member student submitting as the lead author must upload documentation to prove status as a current student. Documentation can be either 1) an 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.


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

Identification: For the blind review process, submissions (abstracts, files, and file names) 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). Any submission with identifying information will not be reviewed.

Submission: All submissions must be made using the online submission portal, which 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 (e.g., the same abstract submitted to the poster and presentation category; the same abstract submitted to the Creative Scholarship and SOTL category), another conference or venue (including IDEC regional conference), and abstracts that have been published or presented previously are not allowed and will not be accepted for review.


All abstract submissions must include the following:‎

    • Scholarship category: Creative Scholarship, Scholarship of Design Research (SOTL) or Scholarship of ‎Teaching and Learning (SODR), or 20 | 20.‎
      • In addition to the general submission form, Creative Scholarship entry requirements are listed below.
    • Format: Presentation, Poster, Panel, or 20 | 20
    • Select content areas from the following drop down (not applicable for 20|20):
      • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (new)
      • 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. including spaces.
    • 4,000 character abstract including spaces:
    • Copy and paste an abstract that follows the requirements for the intended category and format. Maximum 4,000 characters, including spaces. Please note that this count includes in-text citations and headings. The online submission does not support footnotes or endnotes.
      • For Creative Scholarship, this should be a design or artist statement
    • References: At least one reference is required for all SOTL, SODR, and CS formats, but authors may 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 20|20 are optional.
    • Appendix: Up to 5 pages in a single PDF file (maximum file size of 10 MB) of appropriate supplemental material, including (but not limited to) project outlines, project statements, examples of student outcomes, images, tables/charts, and/or other. Please name the appendix using an abbreviated title of the abstract (e.g., titleofabstractsyllabus.pdf or titleofabstractproject.pdf). No identifying information (author name, school name, author photo, etc.) is allowed in the appendix. Any submission with an appendix that includes identifying information will not be reviewed.
      • SOTL abstracts of any format, Posters, Creative Scholarship, or 20 | 20 must include an Appendix. These submissions without an appendix will not be reviewed.
      • SODR abstracts do not require but may include, an appendix.
      • Creative Scholarship appendix must include 5-10 images of the work, in a single PDF file. Single or multiple images per page are acceptable. Descriptive text or captions may accompany the images to add clarity. 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.
        • 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.

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 at the conference 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 co-authors must be listed in order to facilitate accuracy ‎in scheduling presentations. ‎
    • Summary: This summary will be published in the conference brochure exactly as ‎submitted.‎ 110-character limit, including spaces.
    • ‎Author bio and photo: The primary author must include a bio and headshot. 270-character limit (including spaces) and headshot.



  • My submitted abstract and appendices (if included) have no identifying information. ‎
  • I have only submitted my abstract to one presentation format.‎
  • I have not submitted my abstract to another conference or venue, nor has my abstract ‎been published or presented previously
  • Does your abstract promote health, safety, and welfare? If yes, please check the box. ‎
  • Do you have limitations on your ability to travel to the 2022 IDEC Annual Conference in ‎New York, March 2-4, 2022? 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 submissions across any presentation format or category as first author are free to IDEC members. Member must supply membership number.
  • Non-members or additional submissions: $50.00 for each submission. ‎
  • Non-member Students: $15.00 for each submission‎


Scholarship and 20|20 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., the same content accepted to the regional Conference, submitted to the Annual Conference).

Please note that 20|20 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. 


Every effort to avoid conflict in presentation times is made. The inclusion of co-author/co-presenter and panelist names is 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 Emily Brochstein at IDEC at: ‎

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

Tina Patel, Assistant Professor
IDEC Abstract Review Coordinator
Kent State University

Helen Turner, Associate Professor
IDEC Coordinator, Scholarship Collaborative ‎
University of Kentucky

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 on the 20 | 20, please contact the Teaching Collaborative ‎Coordinator. ‎

Seyeon Lee, Associate Professor
Teaching Collaborative Coordinator
Syracuse University