IDEC provides rich opportunities to its membership that are mission driven, support professional development, and access to colleagues from across the globe. IDEC is a founding member of both NCIDQ and CIDA as well as an Associate Member of IFI.  At each stage of an Interior Design Educator’s career, a member can engage with IDEC in meaningful ways. Below is a list of our most prominent benefits. If you have questions about the benefit listed or generally about joining, please contact or (630) 544-5057.
IDEC sponsors an annual conference that promotes and encourages dialogue through speakers, reports, seminars, tours and exhibits. This conference provides the opportunity for members to present research and exchange teaching methods. Presentations are juried in a double blind review process before acceptance. Business meetings are also scheduled during the annual conference. Members are allowed two free abstract submissions as well as discounted registration fees.
Smaller group meetings are held annually in the five IDEC regions to encourage student, faculty, and professional interaction. Submissions to these conferences are also evaluated in a double blind review process. Members are allowed two free abstract submissions as well as discounted registration fees.
IDEC Exchange: A Forum for Interior Design Educators, is an electronic newsletter that provides members with current information about IDEC activities and other items of interest. Submissions are limited to IDEC Members
This refereed journal is published quarterly. A subscription is included in the annual membership dues. Members can also access all electronic archives through the IDEC website.
An up-to-date listing of position openings in Interior Design education is available on the IDEC website. Members have access to discounted posting rates.
IDEC provides a forum to exchange information on educational methods and materials. IDEC advises and assists professional interior designers in continuing education activities. IDEC annually publishes Pecha Kucha presentations, Innovative Teaching Ideas, and Perspectives Video Shorts that are available for free or at a discounted rate to members.
IDEC members have the ability to include special projects such as the Student Design Competition and the Interior Design Education Video Competition part of their curriculum. This is an exclusive member benefit.
Thirteen networks currently provide opportunities to exchange specialized information among IDEC members.
Each year IDEC honors outstanding contributions to interior design education through the Arnold Friedmann Distinguished Educator Award, Teaching Excellence Award, Community Service Award, Book and Media Award, and Partner in Education Award in addition to all of the Annual Awards. Additionally, IDEC members have the opportunity to apply for Grants and Scholarship through IDEC as well as the IDEC Foundation.