Call for entries – CIDA Award for Excellence

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) is excited to announce the 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. Judges will give preference to entries that exhibit one or more of the following: clarity of intent and outcomes, relevance to contemporary practices or issues impacting interior design, creativity and/or innovation, and demonstration of successful student learning.

2017 Award for Excellence submissions are due in the CIDA office no later than August 15, 2017. Award winners will be notified in November 2017. Click here for more information about this competition.

The 2016 first place winner was 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. Professor Matthews received a $5,000 award in recognition of this honor. This entry and other 2016 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