2020 Annual Conference

Past. Present. Future.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma

Thanks for joining us in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the 2020 IDEC Annual Conference!

March 4 – 7, 2020
A.J. Paron-Wildes

Conference Agenda

Note: Items on agenda are subject to change

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7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Registration Open

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

CIDA Workshop (Pre-Registration required)

2 p.m. – 5 pm.

Community Service Outreach Charrette: The Little Lighthouse (Pre-Registration Required)

6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Opening Reception

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Registration Open

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Keynote Address: Design Empathy by A.J. Paron-Wildes

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Research and Scholarship Concurrent Presentations

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Graduate and Professional Poster Presentations + Emerging Professionals & Seasoned Educators CV Review + Lunch with Exhibitors and Sponsors

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Research and Scholarship Concurrent Presentations

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Break with Exhibitors

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Research and Scholarship Concurrent Presentations

3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Break with Exhibitors

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Research and Scholarship Concurrent Presentations

5:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Break with Exhibitors

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Fellows Forum

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Affiliate Organization Updates

5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Awards Presentation/Pecha Kucha

7:15– 11:15 a.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

7:15 – 8:45 a.m.

Strolling Breakfast with Exhibitors and Sponsors

7:15– 8:45 a.m.

New Member/Grad Student Fellows Breakfast

8:00– 5:30 p.m.

Student Competition Poster Display

9:00– 10:00 a.m.

Research and Scholarship Concurrent Presentations

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Break with Exhibitors

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Research and Scholarship Concurrent Presentations

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Regional Meetings

12:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.


2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Teaching and Learning in the Round

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Research and Scholarship Concurrent Presentations

4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Research and Scholarship Round Table

6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Network Happy Hour


7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Registration Open

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Student Competition Poster Display

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

State of IDEC

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.


9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Town Hall Meeting/Open Forum

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

President’s Luncheon

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Local Tours (Pre-Registration Required)

Registration Fees

*Early Bird Deadline: February 15   

Registration Type
Early Bird*
Student Member
One Day option Member – MUST select Thursday or Friday
One Day option Non-Member – MUST select Thursday or Friday
President’s Luncheon Only (Saturday, March 7)
Workshops and Tours
Early Bird*
CIDA Workshop
Service Charrette
Tour – The Gathering Place
Tour – Gilcrease Museum
Tour – Art Deco
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Mobile App

Navigate the event like a pro with the 2020 Annual Conference mobile app, powered by Core-apps. With the Annual Conference mobile app, you can:

  • Stay organized with up-to-the-minute presentation 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
  • Find attendees and connect with your colleagues

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.

The app will be available to download in 2020.

Hotel information

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Hyatt Regency Tulsa Downtown

100 East Second St
Tulsa, OK, 74103
Phone: (918) 234-1234

Special IDEC rate: $139 per night**

Book your room under the IDEC Special rate here.

**Rate expires February 10. After this date, rate increases.

IDEC has arranged the following tours of iconic locations in Tulsa.

If you are interested in participating in any of these tours, please RSVP when registration opens in January. All tours will take place on March 7.

The Gathering Place Tour – A Riverfront Destination

Experience and learn about Tulsa’s Gathering place—voted Time Magazine’s World’s Greatest Places and best new attraction in the country by USA TODAY in 2019.  At $465 million, the Gathering Place is the largest private gift to a community park in U.S. history.  Spanning 100 acres, The Gathering Place located along the Arkansas River, is a place for all Tulsans. The Park includes trails, places to play, ponds and ecosystems, a boat house for kayaking, and many other places for exploration and interaction.  World-renowned landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates were intentional with their eco-friendly strategy and natural symbiotic landscape design including the planting of 5,800 evergreen and deciduous trees and more than 8 acres of meadows mimicking the tallgrass and shortgrass prairies native to Oklahoma. Integration of sustainability practices are willfully incorporated and include an entirely automated LED lighting system, sustainable water management by re-circulating the pond’s nearly six million gallons of water through the adjacent wetlands to conserve and clean the  water thereby effectively eliminating the need for treatment of the water with chemicals, and the park maintenance facility is largely underground, which naturally insulates the building and reduce demand for heating and cooling.

Gilcrease Museum Tour

The Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art, known as Gilcrease Museum, houses a comprehensive collection of the art, culture and history of North America. Thomas Gilcrease, a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation, established Gilcrease Museum in 1949 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Today the interdisciplinary collection contains more than 350,000 items. The museum represents hundreds of Indigenous cultures from across North and South America, with material culture and archaeology ranging from 12,000 BCE to the 21st century. The collection includes more than 350 years of American paintings, sculptures and works on paper, including the largest public holdings of art of the American West.  Beautiful gardens and grounds extend beyond the Gilcrease collections and exhibitions. Themed gardens are developed on 23 of the museum’s 460 acres, often using the Gilcrease collections as a guide.  The museum is owned by the City of Tulsa, which has partnered with The University of Tulsa to steward the museum.

Art Deco Tour

During the 1920s, Tulsa became an oil boom town with new refineries being built along the Arkansas River.  Along with the boom came wealth and the City of Tulsa remains home to world-renown Art Deco architecture.  This guided tour will begin at the Boston Avenue Methodist Church with its magnificent Art Deco design based upon the classic Gothic style.  The controversy remains as to whether the church was designed by Bruce Goff or his teacher Adah Robinson who was a member of the congregation.  Following a tour of the church, guides will take participants on a journey of some of the best Art Deco buildings in downtown Tulsa including “Philcade”, an office building commissioned by oil mogul Waite Phillips who also had a private tunnel designed from his office building to art deco apartment across the street in order to ensure safety for himself and family moving back and forth between buildings.  The Art Deco of Tulsa is truly amazing and this is a jewel of a tour to experience this style at its best.

In addition to organized tours, there are many activities and attractions located throughout the city of Tulsa.

For the first time, IDEC is pleased to offer corporate travel discounts with Delta, United Airlines, Avis and Budget rentals. We hope our attendees will take advantage of these special rates!

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

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.

  • History & Theory
  • Globalism & Multiculturalism
  • Pedagogy
  • Practice
  • Social & Environmental Impact
  • Open Track

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 2020 Annual Conference.

  • Service Awards
    • Community Service
    • Presidential
    • Partners in Education
  • Teaching Awards
    • Arnold P. Friedmann Educator of Distinction
    • Teaching Excellence
    • IIDA/IDEC Foundation Diversity
  • Scholarship Awards
    • Scholarship Excellence
    • Book Award
    • Media Award
  • Best Of Scholastic and Creative Awards

Thank you to IDEC Sponsors and Partners

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