CIDA Award for Excellence Winners Announced

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 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 Travis L. Hicks, Director of the Center for Community-Engaged Design and Assistant Professor in the Interior Architecture Department at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Professor Hick’s entry, “Impacting a Campus…Engaging the Community,” was a team effort with colleagues from UNCG. The entry documents how UNCG’s Center for Community-Engaged Design (CC-ED) conducts community outreach to extend the teaching environment and encourage students to be civic-minded and committed to creating socially relevant and engaged design for the public good. “The CIDA Board congratulates Professor Hicks and his team on their outstanding example of incorporating various members of the community effectively while embarking on an ambitious number of projects varying in scale,” states Dr. Pamela K. Evans, Board Chair. Professor Hick’s team received a $5,000 award in recognition of this honor.

One entry was recognized with a $2,000 merit award. Taymoore Balbaa, Assistant Professor, Ryerson School of Interior Design, and his team received a merit award for their entry, “Heritage Re-Visited/Vertical Studio.” Deborah Schneiderman, Associate Professor, Interior Design, at Pratt Institute received an honorable mention for her submission, “Cloudspace Connect Lounge.” Khoi Vo, Chair of Interior Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, also received an honorable mention for his submission, “SCADPAD, Reimagining urban living.” CIDA is proud to honor these design educators for their exceptional work.

Numerous submissions were received for the first annual 2014 Award for Excellence. Click here to view winning entries.

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

For more information:
Holly Mattson, Executive Director ()
Telephone 616.458.0400