CIDA Award for Excellence call for entries

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) is excited to announce the second annual CIDA Award for Excellence Competition. The CIDA Board of Directors aims to recognize outstanding practices in interior design education. The Award for Excellence competition is open to faculty members and collaborating teams at CIDA-accredited interior design programs. Awards of up to $5,000 are available to winning entries. CIDA also intends to widely publicize winning entries.

The CIDA Board of Directors believes that recognizing excellence in interior design education is an important activity that supports the advancement of educational quality. CIDA’s goal with the award is to join the range of efforts underway throughout higher education and the professional organizations to collect and share information about successful methodology and approaches to interior design education.

2015 Award for Excellence submissions are due in the CIDA office no later than September 15, 2015. Award winners will be notified in January 2016. More information about this competition can be found here.

The 2014 first place award went to 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. This entry and other 2014 award winners can be viewed 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. Learn more at

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