2016 CIDA Award for Excellence Winners Announced

CIDA Award for Excellence Winners Announced

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Award for Excellence. This award recognizes and celebrates outstanding practices that advance the cause of excellence in interior design education.

The first place winner is Carl Matthews, Professor, Interior Design Department Head in the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design at University of Arkansas. Professor Matthews’ entry, “Revitalization of culturally significant White Building to house victims of human trafficking in Phonm Pehn,” was a standout entry in the 2016 competition. The entry demonstrated the breadth of impact the profession can have on some of the world’s largest problems. “The CIDA Board congratulates Professor Matthews for integrating complex social issues and cultural considerations with a historically significant site in need of revitalization. The power of interior design to positively advance human wellbeing and create significant social and cultural value emerged from this excellent student learning experience. We have every reason to believe that these perspectives and learning are core to the profession’s future,” states Dr. Lisa K. Waxman, Board Chair. Professor Matthews received a $5,000 award in recognition of this honor.

Two entries were recognized with a $2,000 merit award. Stephanie McGoldrick, Assistant Professor in the School of Design at Mount Ida College and Moira Gannon Denson, Assistant Professor in Interior Design at Marymount University, received a merit award for their joint entry, “Universal Design-athons at Marymount University and Mount Ida College.” Emily McLaughlin, Program Director, in the Interior Design Technology Program at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, also received a merit award for her entry, “Designing and Constructing with Earthbags in Swaziland.” Deborah Schneiderman, Professor, in the Interior Design Department at Pratt Institute, received an honorable mention for her submission, “Disaster Relief into Interior Design Pedagogy.” Junghwa Suh, Assistant Professor, in the Environmental + Interior Design Program at Chaminade University of Honolulu, also received an honorable mention for her submission, “Learning on the Go: Using Mobile Tools in Design Education.” CIDA is proud to honor these design educators for their exceptional work.

Numerous submissions were received for the third annual 2016 Award for Excellence. Winning entries are available for viewing here.

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation is an independent, non-profit, accrediting organization responsible for setting standards and evaluating degree granting interior design programs.

For more information:
Holly Mattson, Executive Director
Telephone 616.458.0400