IDEC Virtual Symposium 2024: Call for Abstracts

Unmasking, Provoking, and Transforming Design

Abstract Submission Deadline: June 10, 2024

Regional Symposium Date: October 31-November 1, 2024

This fall we will explore interior design as a disguise, serving as a subversive force that challenges established norms and uniformity, nurturing spaces of inclusion, transformation, and joy. We will delve into how leveraging “disguise” in design can overturn conventional expectations, paving the way for diverse and inclusive environments that reflect the complexity of human identity.

How can design encourage authenticity and transparency? How can we use design to dismantle the facades that perpetuate inequality and injustice?

This conference challenges us to engage with design inclusion through the following lenses:

Transgressive Spaces: How can design challenge cultural and societal norms, allowing the free expression of authenticity?

Provoking Change: How can design employ playful or subversive tactics to challenge dominant narratives and inspire transformation?

Uniting Through Transformation: Can design help us forge a collective identity where diverse voices are empowered to speak their truth, even when it means defying societal expectations?

Body and Space: How can design help us reclaim our bodies and identities within spaces that often seek to control or constrain us?

Power Dynamics in Design: How can we expose and dismantle the hidden power structures embedded in design practices and create a more equitable and inclusive built environment?

We invite presentations, panels, and workshops that explore these themes from various perspectives, including pedagogy, research, practice, and creative work. While presentations that align with the above themes are encouraged, we welcome submissions from diverse topics.



Encourage open discussion and opinions. Up to two moderators may submit the abstract proposal and invite up to five additional participants. No panelist names should appear in the abstract though their names should be listed as co-presenters at the time of submission (this facilitates conflict-free scheduling). The topic proposed in the abstract should be one that would benefit from diverse opinions and open discussion. See rubrics for evaluation criteria.


Provide an opportunity for formal presentation of scholarly work. This format is best suited for scholarship that has reached conclusions and/or implications that can be shared and that can elicit questions and comments. Presentation lengths vary, determined by the number of approved submissions, but always include time for discussion/Q&A. See rubrics for evaluation criteria.

Selection Criteria

Peer Reviewed

These submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed. Good for advancing completed research and those seeking tenure or promotion.

Non-Peer Reviewed

A more informal inquiry into teaching methods, practices, and creative endeavors. Good for works in progress and/or those looking for feedback.

Research Category

Scholarship of Design Research

Scholarship of Design Research abstracts explore theoretical, historical, or practical aspects of the interior design discipline in both practice and education. Scholarship of Design Research abstracts should identify the question or theory being explored, the framework of exploration and conclusions drawn from the examination. It is expected that the scholarship presented will have reached preliminary conclusions and/or implications that can be shared with the audience.

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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) abstracts emphasize teaching methods used in interior design courses. SoTL abstracts should identify the problem being addressed, the method or strategy used to address the problem, and an analysis of the outcomes (e.g., student work or learning). It is expected that the scholarship presented will have reached preliminary conclusions and/or implications that can be shared with the audience. SoTL submissions must include an Appendix of up to five pages or images. This appendix should include supplemental materials, which may consist of (but is not limited to) project outlines, project statements, and examples of student outcomes if available.

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Scholarship of Design Practice

Abstracts delve into the dynamic interplay between theory and practice within the field of interior design. This platform welcomes both educators and practitioners to submit case studies or firm-based research that encapsulate the driving forces, context, and objectives of their design projects or material research and development. Emphasizing the significance of these endeavors, the abstracts should aim to summarize the most pertinent issues, challenges, or dilemmas encountered throughout the process. It should share the paths explored, offer relevant frameworks, data, analysis, insights, and findings, and propose knowledge that can be applied in various contexts. An SODP of any format must include an appendix.

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Creative Scholarship

Creative Scholarship must be original work of the designer(s)/artist(s). All projects must have been completed within the last three years by Interior Design educators or graduate students. While completing the work, all eligible individuals must have held at the minimum a half-time (50%) teaching appointment or full-time status as a graduate student. Individuals whose work is accepted will be assigned a presentation time to share their work, relate their process, conceptual and theoretical thinking, and discuss the creation of their work with the conference attendees. All submissions must include an Appendix of up to five pages or images.

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References: Must conform to current Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, or The Chicago Manual of Style. You are limited to only five references.


Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) abstracts must include project outline/statement and/or student handouts—please remove author name(s) and affiliation(s). These materials will be submitted as a single PDF file. Supplemental materials that reinforce the content of a SODR abstract may be submitted.

A maximum of six images and/or graphs/tables can be submitted as a single PDF file. Image File Format: All images (portrait or landscape) should be 3.25” wide, maximum of height of 4.5”. Graphs or tables cannot exceed a maximum of 6.75” wide and 4.5” high, and should be submitted as grayscale.

Image quality: You are responsible for the quality of your published images. Please include only those illustrations necessary for a complete understanding of the submission.

Abstract Online Submission Requirements

All abstracts must be uploaded to the IDEC web site to complete the review process in a timely and efficient manner. In addition, IDEC will be working with IDCEC to obtain CEU credits for the presentations. The following requirements will help formulate your submission for this online process.

1. Contact Author Information

2. Abbreviated Bibliography: Providing a brief biographical overview of the contact author (100 word maximum) – this is required for CEU credits to be obtained through IDCEC and offered during the regional conference.

3. Presentation Format: Presentation, Panel

4. Presentation Category: Scholarship of Design Research (SoDR), Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), Panel (P), Creative Scholarship (CS).

5. Primary Content Area: (Select one) History and Theory, Sustainability, Teaching and Pedagogy, Design Practice and Process, Technology, Globalism and Multi-Culturalism

6. Title of Abstract: Do not include author(s) name(s) or school affiliation

7. Abstract: 500-word (maximum); Paste text of abstract into space provided in submission system. System will not accept any abstract exceeding 500 words.

8. References: Paste text of up to five references in space provided in submission system. Peer reviewed submissions must have at least one reference.

9. Appendix: (required for SOTL and CS abstracts) submitted as a single PDF file as indicated in submission system.

10. Listing of authors as you would like printed in the proceedings

11. Is the lead author a student? Students who are not members of IDEC must submit a PDF to include a signed statement on the school’s letterhead verifying the student’s status to the IDEC office.

12. Summary of Abstract: Provide a 25-word summary of the abstract.


All entries must be received at IDEC by midnight (11:59 PST) on June 10, 2024. IDEC will send an email to each entrant confirming receipt of submission.

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