2018 Annual Conference

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Boston, MA

Join us for the 2018 Annual IDEC Conference in Boston!

March 7-10, 2018

Conference Agenda

Note: Items on agenda are subject to change

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Pre-Conference Workshops -Registration will open on 1/8/2018

Opening Reception

Keynote address

Research and Scholarship Concurrent Presentations

Strolling Lunch with Exhibitor Sponsors and Student Poster Presentations


Pecha Kucha

Strolling Breakfast with Exhibitor Sponsors and Professional Poster Presentations

New Members/ Grad Student Fellows Breakfast

Student Competition Display

Research and Scholarship Concurrent Presentations

Regional Meetings


Research and Scholarship Concurrent Presentations

Network Happy Hour


Student Competition Posters (continued)

Research and Scholarship Concurrent Presentations

Business Meeting

Town Hall Meeting/Open Forum

Local Tours

Post-Conference Workshop – Registration will open on 1/8/2018

President’s Dinner – Sponsored by IIDA

CIDA Workshop

Registration Fees

* Early Bird Deadline: January 26, 2018

Registration Type
Early Bird*
One Day option Member – MUST select Thursday or Friday
One Day option Non-Member – MUST select Thursday or Friday
Workshops and Tours
Early Bird*
Pre- Conference Workshops
CIDA Workshop
Fenway Park Tour
The Gropius House
$45 (includes fee for transportation and admission)
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Mobile App

Navigate the event like a pro with the 2018 Annual Conference mobile app, powered by Core-apps
With the Annual Conference mobile app, you can:

  • Stay organized with up-to-the-minute Exhibitor, Speaker, and Event information
  • Receive important, real-time communications from IDEC
  • Build a personalized schedule and bookmark exhibitors
  • Take notes and download event handouts and presentations
  • Rate and comment on the sessions you attend
  • Locate sessions and exhibitors on the Westin River North venue map
  • Find attendees and connect with your colleagues
  • Stay in-the-know and join in on the conversation using the Social Media icon

Concerned about not having a strong signal at the event hotel during the conference? Anxious about the idea of your battery dying right in the middle of building your event schedule? Don’t worry – we have you covered! Our mobile app is native  – which means an internet connection is not needed to access any of its impressive features.

Hotel information

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Boston Park Plaza

50 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116, United States
Phone: (617) 426-2000
Hotel Reservations: (800) 225-2008 and reference “IDEC 2018”

Queen or Double Room Conference Rate: $219 plus applicable taxes*

*Hotel cut-off date is Friday, February 2, 2018

The IDEC Annual Conference draws on average more than 350 of the most influential interior design educators to its location – and Boston will be no different. Be a part of the advancement of interior design education, scholarship, and service this year.

Click here to View the available opportunities and to see a list of current sponsors and exhibitors. If interested, please contact Kelly Smykal at ksmykal@idec.org or 847-686-2323.

Human-Centered Design speaks to the critical role interior spaces play in the well being of people in the made environment. Specific conference tracks joining design scholars, educators, and creators aim to coalesce a body of work significant in size and focus and to facilitate collaboration amongst these design thinkers. You must select one of the Conference Tracks below or select Open Track. All submissions will be scored using established criteria and there is NO penalty or advantage to selecting a track. These will be used for scheduling and so that conference presenters and attendees can identify areas of interest.

  • Culture
  • Pedagogy
  • Practice
  • Social Impact
  • Boundaries
  • Open Track

Authors are encouraged to submit scholarly abstracts that celebrate the discipline of interior design in all its many facets: its pedagogy, history, theory, practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and any other topic of current and/or continuing relevance to interior design. Three different abstract formats will be considered for presentation, and many methods of inquiry are invited. All submissions are expected to be original research that has not been presented previously at other scholarly venues.

We are no longer accepting submissions. Thank you to those who submitted! Check back in 2018 for next year’s call for abstracts! Email info@idec.org with questions.

The Interior Design Educator’s Council values the recognition of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service from both its own membership and the larger international design community. Awards will be presented at the 2018 Annual Conference.

  • Service Award
  • Merit Award
  • Presidential Award
  • Teaching Excellence Award
  • Scholarship Excellence Award
  • Community Service Award
  • Book Award
  • Media Award
  • Partners in Education Award
  • Industry Merit Award
  • Institutional Merit Award
Outside of Fenway Park


Saturday, March 10th, 1:30 pm (Tour lasts 1 hour)

“America’s Most Beloved Ballpark” is uniquely nestled in the city of Boston. Fenway Park is a place where dreams are made, traditions are celebrated and baseball is forever. See the home of Red Sox Legends, Williams, Yaz, Fisk and Rice. Visit Pesky’s Pole and sit atop the world famous Green Monster which stands 37 feet 2 inches high overlooking leftfield. Our experienced tour guides will provide a thrilling, one hour, walking tour of Fenway Park. Bilingual tours are available in Spanish and Japanese with advance notice. We welcome all fans to Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox and the pulse of Red Sox Nation.

1.5 miles from hotel

The Gropius House $45 (includes fee for transportation and admission to Gropius House
Saturday, March 10th, 1:15 pm (Shuttle bus leaves at 1:15 pm – returns at 5:00 pm)

Walter Gropius, founder of the German design school known as the Bauhaus, was one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century. He designed Gropius House as his family home when he came to teach architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Modest in scale, the house was revolutionary in impact. Gropius House is a National Historic Landmark. Gropius House combined traditional elements of New England architecture—wood, brick, and fieldstone—with innovative materials including glass block, acoustical plaster, chrome banisters, and the latest technology in fixtures. It features a significant collection of furniture designed by Marcel Breuer and fabricated in Bauhaus workshops. With the family’s possessions still in place, Gropius House has a sense of immediacy and intimacy. In true Bauhaus style, the house and its landscape exemplify maximum efficiency and simplicity.

Thank you to IDEC Sponsors and Partners

Want To Become A Conference Sponsor?

To become an IDEC event partner, simply access the details in our Sponsor Packet for comprehensive information on our partnership opportunities.