Award(s) are given for recognition of the content of an outstanding book that exhibits excellence in addressing issues of the discipline of interior design including practice, research, theory, and education. Books include such products as textbooks, trade books (i.e., written for designers or public), popular press books (written for public audience), etc. Any IDEC member in good standing can nominate an individual or entity for the IDEC Book Award.


  • Nominator must be IDEC member in good standing in any category of membership
  • Author(s) do not need to be IDEC members
  • Author(s) may be from anywhere in the world
  • Publisher-nominated, self-nominated, or other nominated
  • Published within the last five years
  • Candidates can self-nominate (if IDEC member)

Submission Requirements

Each nomination shall contain the following information:

  • Nomination Letter (from Nominator): The nominator must submit a nomination letter (not to exceed 500 words) that describes the significance and impact of the book
  • Letter of reference: Submit one letter of reference. Nominators are not eligible to serve as the reference.
  • Documentation: Submit the URL and one electronic copy of the book with the nomination. If no URL exists (e.g., digital presentation), submit one electronic copy of the entire book with the nomination.
  • Nominee CV(s)
  • All submission documents should be uploaded as a single PDF file


A jury of selected participants knowledgeable in the area of submission and previous awardees will review all nominations and evaluate based on a common rubric. Award winners will be publicly celebrated at the annual conference and will be announced to the full international IDEC community.

Service Commitment to Continued Excellence

Please note awardees will be asked to maintain a service commitment to this award for two years following the award acceptance. This service ensures sustained knowledge and excellence in the review process. Willingness to participate will be requested prior to the subsequent year’s awards review.

Past Recipients

  • 2023 – Lisa Waxman, Designing Coffee Shops and Cafés for Community​
  • 2022 – Jill Pable, Yelena McLane, and Lauren Trujillo, Homelessness and the Built Environment: Designing for Unhoused Persons (2021)
  • 2021 – Olivier Vallerand, Arizona State UniversityUnplanned Visitors: Queering ‎the Ethics and Aesthetics of ‎Domestic Space
  • 2020 – Tamie GlassPrompt: Socially Engaging Objects and Environments
  • 2019 – Deborah Schneiderman and Amy CamposInteriors Beyond Architecture
  • 2018 – Dr. Dak KopecHealth and Well-being for Interior Architecture
  • 2017 – Kristi Gaines, Angela Bourne, Michelle Pearson, Mesha KleibrinkDesigning for Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • 2016 – Philomena Bluyssen, Delft University of Technology, The Healthy Indoor Environment: How to Assess Occupants’ Wellbeing in Buildings
  • 2015 – Deborah Schneiderman, Pratt Institute, Inside Prefab: The Ready-Made Interior
  • 2014 – Lois  Weinthal, Ryerson University, Toward a New Interior: An Anthology of Interior Design Theory published by Princeton Architectural Press

Nominations are due by Friday, November 3 . Click here to submit your nomination.