The IDEC Innovative Teaching Ideas initiative provides opportunities for educators to find inspiration and integrate new methodologies and content in their teaching. Innovative Teaching Ideas are examples of Interior Design projects, assignments or other planned learning activities, developed and facilitated by an Interior Design educator that advance creativity and effectiveness in teaching and learning in Interior Design. This initiative also offers educators the opportunity to share their teaching ideas in a peer-reviewed process that may be supportive of tenure and promotion.

IDEC invites educators from around the globe to submit an Innovative Teaching Idea (ITI) for potential inclusion in the IDEC 2022 Innovative Teaching Ideas Collection.

An ITI is an Interior Design project, assignment or other planned learning activity, developed and facilitated by an Interior Design educator that advances creativity and effectiveness in teaching and learning in Interior Design.

Inclusion in the IDEC Innovative Teaching Ideas Collection recognizes the author as a leader in innovative teaching. In the spirit of collaboration and advancing the education of interior design students, IDEC invites educators to share their ideas and experiences.

Submissions are welcome in these categories:

·     Studio Projects

·     Non-Studio Projects

·     Exercises

·     Focused Topic Reading Lists or Anthologies

·     Field Trip Itineraries and Details (with applied learning exercises)

·     Other Planned Learning Activities

Ideas are reviewed for their attendance to excellence and innovation. Reviewers will use the following criteria to assess each submission and make recommendations for acceptance.

1.  The ITI demonstrates an innovative teaching and learning method or approach

2.  The ITI is well organized, clear, and appropriate for the intended audience

3.  The ITI adds significant value to the current state of Interior Design education

4.  The ITI lends itself to easy adoption by educators from other institutions


The Innovative Teaching Ideas Collections are housed in our Resource Library. The first Innovative Teaching Ideas, developed in 1992, have been reformatted and are now available online as part of the Legacy ITI Collection.

Congratulations to the authors selected for the 2022 Collection:

Culinary Interiors: Food/Culture/Memory/Gathering
Tina Patel,  Assistant Professor, Interior Design, Kent State University
Ronn Daniel, Associate Professor, Interior Design, Kent State University

The Diagrammatic Language of Film
Torrey Tracy, Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas

Augmented Reality: A Wood Joint Assignment
Hoa Vo, Assistant Professor, Georgia State University

Indoor Air Quality Monitoring for Building Materials and Finishes
Hebatalla Nazmy, Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University,

Color Theory- An Exploratory Approach in the Design Studio
Donna Bigatel, Adjunct Professor, Chatham University
Senior Design Leader, Ethan Allen

Acoustic Evaluation of Proposed Interiors
Erin Speck, Assistant Professor, George Washington University

Habitable Wall
Jacob Tucci, Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas

Sites of Learning
Keena Suh, Teaching Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

From Food to Furniture to Full Interior: A Foundation Level Sketching and Rendering Project
Jessica Bonness, Assistant Professor, Marymount University

Mapping Hostile Design
Solmaz Kive, Assistant Professor, University of Oregon