Stantec Innovative Partnership Grant


This grant invites a student/academic research team to partner with a Stantec practitioner to explore a question of interest within one of 3 themes listed below, as they pertain to either workplace, healthcare, or educational facilities. View the full requirements and selection criteria on our call for the Stantec Grant Proposal.


MAY 2, 2023: Proposals due
August 9, 2023: Awards announced
August 9, 2023: Kickoff meeting 50% of funding released
January 29, 2024: Progress report due 25% of funding released
March 6, 2024: Provide poster at IDEC Conference demonstrating work in progress
June 24, 2024: White paper due 25% of funding released
September 2024: Submission to IDEC Conference due
March 2025: IDEC Conference

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Research Themes

Design Justice

Design Justice explores the relationship of design, inclusivity and diversity to uncover structural inequities in the interior environment and the processes by which they are designed. How do we design in such a way that all voices authentically expressed and heard? How do our designs manifest experiences for people to feel safe, included, and equal? What are the opportunities in design that will encourage individuals to thrive and be their best selves? What is the contribution of interior design to a diverse and flourishing society?

Innovation & Creativity

As the exchange of information and methods of expressing our reactions become more and more fast pace, the pressure to respond immediately to the current social climate with new ideas and solutions has increased. The ability to think creatively and flexibly is a highly valued commodity across all aspects of society. How can the environments in which we learn, work, or heal play a role supporting innovation and creative thinking of its occupants? What design elements or strategies might be applied to encourage people to be more inventive and imaginative as they approach their tasks?


Human nature seeks growth, change, flexibility and increased strength. Design plays a key role in creating a resilient community with the ability to bounce back stronger from shocks and stresses. In an increasingly volatile environment, how can interior designers offer our clients choices that help them meet their current needs in a way that allows flexibility for the future? What design decisions can provide beauty, functionality, and durability while lowering the environmental impact of our projects? How can we create spaces that foster social resilience, enhance local identity, strengthen community cohesion, and provide refuge from tumultuous events, both climactic and social?



Debra Harris

Congratulations to Debra Harris, the winner of the 2023 Stantec Innovative Partnership Grant!

Thank you to IDEC Sponsors and Partners