IDEC History

The Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) is a recognized association for interior design educators in North America. It was established in 1962 and officially named during its first conference in 1963. The organization’s initial purpose was to enhance interior design education, foster communication between individuals and institutions, and elevate interior design’s teaching and professional standards. This broad mission set the stage for IDEC’s impactful history.

Starting in 1972, IDEC began documenting its history and celebrated milestone anniversaries at its conferences in 1982, 1987, 1992, 2008, and 2012. These efforts were crucial in recognizing the organization’s significance both within the profession and externally. IDEC established a historical record through these endeavors, preserved its identity, and marked its achievements on its website. Essentially, the organization’s history acted as its memory and provided the groundwork for its continued development.

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IDEC History compiled by:

Buie Harwood, FIDEC, Hon. FASID
Professor Emeritus, Interior Design, VCUArts
IDEC Arnold Friedmann Educator of Distinction 2012
ASID Educator of Distinction 2003