The IDEC Community Service Award recognizes and honors significant contribution of community service by an individual or group at a national, regional, and/or local level associated with the discipline of interior design. Service can include a variety of activities including but not limited to: making a difference to a community or special needs group, service-learning projects that build the awareness and value of interior design, efforts in the advancement and dedication to the promotion of IDEC, effort in the advancement of interior design education or design scholarship, or an activity demonstrating significant community engagement. Any IDEC member or non-member can nominate an individual or group for the IDEC Community Service Award. Candidates may self-nominate.


  • IDEC members and non-members are eligible for this award.
  • Candidates may self-nominate.
  • Nominees can be from any part of the world.

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 community service and addresses the significance, contributions to the community, impact of contributions on the community, and description as to how the service impacts public perception of interior design.
  • Support References: Submit the names of three references. Please note that only references from the top 3 finalists will be contacted to submit letters of support.
  • All submission documents should be uploaded as a single PDF file

Nominations are due by Friday, October 21, 2022 October 28, 2022.
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The Awards Committee (made up of selected participants and previous awardees knowledgeable in the area of submission) will review all submissions and present their final award nominees to the IDEC Board of Directors for approval and ratification. 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 Awardee(s) will be asked to maintain a one year service commitment in honor of being selected as an Award recipient. During the year following the Award acceptance, Awardees will be asked to serve as a Reviewer for the Awards Committee and thus must abstain from submitting for the Community Service, Partner in Education, Teaching Excellence, Scholarship Excellence, Book, or Media Awards during that year. 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 period.

Past Recipients

  • 2022 – Stephanie McGoldrick, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • 2021 – Joan Riggs, Chaminade University
  • 2020 – Travis Hicks, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Center for Community-Engaged Design
  • 2019 – Suk-Kyung Kim and Linda Nubani, California College of Arts, for their work on behalf of The Mission Neighborhood Resource Center
  • 2017 – Dr. Dak Kopec, Boston Architectural College, for his work on behalf of Bay Cove Human Services
  • 2016 – Abimbola ‘Aby’ Asojo, University of Minnesota, Calming Space Project at Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul, MN
  • 2014 – Lorella Di Cintio PhD, Ryerson University
  • 2013 – Amy Campos, California College of the Arts, Dolores Shelter Program and Community Food Bank Project
  • 2012 – Hannah Mendoza, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina Greensboro, Leading a global studio that has designed a school for a village in Ghana
  • 2011 – Janetta McCoy, Washington State University, Study of rural towns’ economic crises with design options for revitalization