IDEC 2023 Regional Conferences

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 2023 IDEC Regional Conferences.

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.

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  • April 30: Abstracts received no later than 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time
  • June 23: Accepted abstracts notified
  • July 10: Deadline to confirm accepted presentation



  • MidwestSeptember 28-29 (HGA, Milwaukee, MN)
  • East:  October 5-7(Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA)
  • Pacific West: October 19-20 (Cornish College of the Arts and Bellevue College, Seattle, WA)
  • SouthOctober 20-21 (SCAD, Atlanta, GA)
  • SouthwestNovember 2-3 (University of North Texas, Denton, TX)

Submission Ethics: 
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 acknowledged 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.

Abstracts: Prepare an abstract of no more than 500 words (do not include title and references in word count) for either a presentation in the category of Scholarship of Design Research (SODR) or Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL). DO NOT Include title, author name(s) or school affiliation(s) within the body of the abstract. This identification will automatically disqualify the submission.

Presentation Categories


Design as Idea: Projects in this category explore the entire spectrum of design. Submissions can be conceptual in character and/or completed projects, furniture design, lighting, product design, stage/set design, textile design, exhibition design, etc. 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, or hospitality design. 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; 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: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) abstracts emphasize teaching methods used in interior design courses. SOTL abstracts should identify the problem being addressed, the method or strategy used to address the problem, and an analysis of the outcomes (e.g., student work or learning). It is expected that the scholarship presented will have reached preliminary conclusions and/or implications that can be shared with the audience. SOTL submissions must include an Appendix of up to five pages or images. This appendix should include supplemental materials, which may consist of (but is not limited to) project outlines, project statements, and examples of student outcomes if available.

Scholarship of Design Research: Scholarship of Design Research abstracts explore theoretical, historical, or practical aspects of the interior design discipline in both practice and education. Scholarship of Design Research abstracts should identify the question or theory being explored, the framework of exploration and conclusions drawn from the examination. It is expected that the scholarship presented will have reached preliminary conclusions and/or implications that can be shared with the audience.

Presentation Formats

Presentation: Presentations provide a forum for the formal presentation of scholarly work. This category is best suited for 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 question and comment. 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. See rubrics for evaluation criteria.

Poster: 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.). Posters will be presented in a shared setting, allowing the presenter to speak one on one with attendees.  Any abstract submitted in the poster category regardless of whether it is SOTL, SODR, or Creative Scholarship must have an appendix. See rubrics for evaluation criteria.

Panel:  A 30-45 minute discussion panel with 3 or more panel members focused on the conference theme. Panel presentations encourage open discussion and opinions. A moderator will submit the abstract proposal and invite three to five presenters to participate. (No names of any of the participants should appear in the abstract). The topic should be one that would benefit from diverse opinions and open discussion. Panel presentations are 55 minutes in length. Typically, panelists make their individual presentations in the first 35 minutes to be followed by 20 minutes of discussion with the audience. See rubrics for evaluation criteria.

Graduate Student Submissions

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 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.

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).


Abstract Submission:

All abstract submissions must include the following:

  • Contact Author Information
  • Abbreviated Bibliography: Providing a brief biographical overview of the contact author (100 word maximum) – this is required for CEU credits to be obtained through IDCEC and offered during the regional conference.
  • Presentation category: Creative Scholarship, Scholarship of Design Research (SOTL) or Scholarship of ‎Teaching and Learning (SODR)
  • Presentation format: Presentation, Poster, Panel
  • Select content areas from the following drop down
    • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    • History & Theory
    • Globalism & Multiculturalism
    • Pedagogy
    • Practice
    • Social & Environmental Impact
    • Open Track
  • Title of abstract: Do not include author(s) name(s) or school affiliation. Maximum 120 characters with spacing limit.
  • Abstract: 500-word (maximum); Paste text of abstract into space provided in submission system. System will not accept any abstract exceeding 500 words.
  • References: One reference is required for SODR and SOTL 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. Appendix should be submitted as a single PDF file as indicated in submission system.
  • Summary of Abstract: Provide a 25 word summary of the abstract
  • Listing of authors as you would like printed in the proceedings
  • Is the lead author a student? Students who are not members of IDEC must submit a PDF to include a signed statement on the school’s letterhead verifying the student’s status to the IDEC office.



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)
  • Design or artist statement for each submission, not to exceed 4000 characters including spaces
  • 25 word summary of abstract to be used in symposium program

CHECKBOXES (please check the following prior to submitting)

  • My submitted abstract and appendices (if included) have no identifying information.
  • I have only submitted my abstract to one presentation format and one Regional Conference.
  • 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.


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


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 regional conference, submitted to annual conference).


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