2015 Midwest Regional Conference

Challenge: Change + Tradition

October 15 – Haworth Headquarters, Holland, MI
October 16 – Herman Miller Greenhouse and Design Yard, Holland, MI

Conference Schedule

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Haworth Corporate Headquarters

8:30 am- 9:00 am

Breakfast sponsored by Haworth

Presentation Group A

9:00 am- 10:00 am

Connecting Millennials with Clients: Examples from Two Studio Projects
Christina Birkentall, University of Kentucky
Game-based Learning Strategies in Interior Design Studios: A Concept Paper
Zina Alaswad, Iowa State University (Student)

10:00 am- 11:00 am

Haworth Office Tour

Presentation Group B

11:00 am- 12:00 pm

Hybridizing Design History: Strategically Merging Virtual Experiences with Interpersonal Encounters to Facilitate Multimodal Learning
Helen Turner, University of Kentucky
Pedagogy [Re] Design
Patrick Lee Lucas, University of Kentucky

12:00 pm- 1:00 pm

Lunch sponsored by Haworth
Kip Alstaetter- IIDA representative

Presentation Group C

1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

Researched-based Design and Empowerment of Interior Designers Using Research
Diane Kitchell
Creative Service Learning: Two Community-Centered Studio Projects from Conception to Completion
Darlene Davison, Maryville University
Jessica Senne, Maryville University

2:00 pm- 3:15 pm

Haworth Manufacturing Tour

Presentation Group D

3:15 pm- 4:15 pm

Designing for Designers: A College Renovation
Rebekah Radtke, University of Kentucky
Eurus: Folding into Rhythm and Algorithm
Jiangmei Wu, Indiana University

Evening Pecha Kucha Event Sponsored by Texas/Oklahoma
IIDAPresentation Group E

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Digital Leap: History + Theory Online
Patrick Lee Lucas, University of Kentucky
Helen Turner, University of Kentucky
Designing for Cultural Differences
Wendy VanderNoordaa, Illinios State University

5:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Closing Comments
Thank You to our sponsors!Dinner on your own

Herman Miller

Breakfast on your own prior to 9:00 am
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Lunch sponsored by Herman Miller
Midwest Region Business Meeting

Presentation Group F

1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

Lighting: Emotional Responses and Preferences in the Hospitality Setting
Susan Ray-Degges, North Dakota State University; Lynsey Mogck, DGSW Architects; Matthew McCarty, Restoration
Hardware; Ronald Degges, North Dakota State University
Experience : Reflect : Think : Act : Lessons from a Healthcare Studio
Lindsey Fay, University of Kentucky

2:00 pm- 3:15 pm

Herman Miller Tour: Design Yard

Presentation Group G

3:15 pm- 4:15 pm

Suburban Modernism: The Architecture and Interior Design of Ralph and Mary Jane Fournier
Jessica Senne, Maryville University
People + Place: An Interface Between Humans and the Built Environment
Dana Vaux, University of Nebraska, Kearney

4:15 pm- 4:30 pm

Closing Comments
Thank You to our sponsors!

Registration Information:

Early Bird Rates Available Until October 1, 2015
Registration Deadline: October 7, 2015

IDEC Member (early bird rate)
IDEC Member (regular rate)
IDEC Member: One Day Only (early bird rate)
IDEC Member: One Day Only (regular rate)
Non-Member (early bird rate)
Non-Member (regular rate)
Non-Member: One Day Only (early bird rate)
Non-Member: One Day Only (regular rate)
Student (early bird rate)
Student (regular rate)
Student: One Day Only (early bird rate)
Student: One Day Only (regular rate)

Registration for Thursday includes Haworth headquarters and factory tours; breakfast and lunch; evening Pecha Kucha event
Registration for Friday includes Herman Miller Greenhouse and Design Yard tours; lunch
If you are flying or driving through Chicago, you may also want to take part in Open House Chicago on Saturday & Sunday, following the conference. It’s free! http://www.openhousechicago.org
Recommended Hotels:

City Flats Hotel
Hampton Inn
Holiday Inn Express
Residence Inn
Thank You To Our Sponsors:


*Early Bird Deadline: February 15

Registration Type
Student Member
One Day option Member – MUST select Thursday or Friday
One Day option Non-Member – MUST select Thursday or Friday
Workshops and Tours
Pre- Conference Workshops
JID Author’s Workshop: Shaping a Creative Scholarship Visual Essay
CIDA Workshop
Designing for Human Health: The WELL Building StandardTM (Lunch included)


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Hotel concierge talking on the phone at the front desk
Sheraton/LeMeridian Charlotte Hotel*

*Sleeping rooms will be located in the LeMeridan Tower
555 South McDowell Street
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28204
Phone: (877) 782-0116.

Special IDEC rate: $169 per night**

**Rate expires February 15. After this date, rate increases to $199 per night.


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 North Carolina 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. 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


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 2019 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