The IDEC Best Presentation: Scholarship of Design and Research (SODR) Award acknowledges quality scholarship and presentation in the SODR at the Annual Conference. The IDEC Director of Regions coordinate with the Conference Abstract Review coordinator to determine the top five abstracts accepted for presentation at conference. The five abstract presentations are then scored by selected IDEC members at the Annual Conference.


Abstracts must score among the top five SODR submissions for annual conference. Abstracts must also be presented by the author(s) at conference.


Abstracts must meet the SODR requirements for the Annual Conference call for scholarship.


The regional chairs select individuals from each region to jury the top five SODR abstracts to determine the best presentation. Presentations are scored using a rubric.


  • 2023Students’ Perceptions of Wellbeing in Campus Buildings: A study of university classrooms and lounges Amanda Gale, UNC Greensboro
  • 2022Slow Interiors Manifesto: A Renewed Framing of Interiors, Sam Bennett, Parsons School of Design & Andrea Sosa Fontaine, Kent State University
  • 2021Virtual Interdisciplinary Collaboration: The Process of Creating an AR Application for Interior Design Experiences, Leah Scolere and Laura Malinin
  • 2020 – Multidisciplinary Views Regarding Interior Design Features that Promote Student WellbeingAmanda Gale & Anna Marshall-Baker
  • 2019 – The Green Museum as a Teaching Tool for Sustainability: Design Strategies to Engage the Public in Green Building Education, Laura Cole & Georgia Lindsay
  • 2018 – Pinterest as a collaborative tool: negotiating participation in the design process, Leah Scolere
  • 2017 – Follow the Green Path: The Experiences of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in a Wayfinding Study, Julie E.N. Irish & Barbara Martinson
  • 2016 –  Evaluating Living and Learning on Campus: Beyond Twin Beds and Communal Showers, Rebekah Ison Radtke, University of Kentucky
  • 2015 – Design for Sight: Typologies Inhibiting Low Vision Access to Interior Spaces, Erin Schambureck, Texas Tech University