IIDA Headquarters, Chicago, IL
Ken Wilson, FIIDA, FAIA, Envision Design, Washington D.C.
As the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Cheryl S. Durst is committed to achieving broad recognition for the value of design and its significant role in society, through both functionality and engagement in every day work spaces and the built environment. Demonstrated by her active involvement in connecting industry professionals, including designers, manufacturers, clients, end-users, and employers, she has worked to promote an understanding of how design impacts human behavior and affects all aspects of shared spaces.
Durst's ability to engage audiences with insight and humor has positioned her as a sought-after keynote speaker, guest lecturer, panelist, and moderator at both domestic and global conferences and seminars.
With topics ranging from “The Future of Design” to “The Impact of Culture, Brand, and Place,” her presentations explore the value of design as a social, cultural, and economic force. In addition, she delivered the commencement address at the New York School of Interior Design, receiving an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts for her contributions to the industry, and was the Martin Luther King Guest Lecturer at the School of Architecture, University of Michigan.
Prior to Durst's tenure at IIDA, she was the Director of Programs and Education with Merchandise Mart Properties in Washington, D.C. Her industry experience also includes employment with Knoll, American Seating, and Westinghouse Furniture Systems. She is the creator and curator of the innovative IIDA series, What Clients Want, which examines the designer/client relationship.
In recognition of her contributions to IIDA and the profession of design, Durst was awarded Honorary IIDA Fellowship by her International Board of Directors in 2009. In 2015, she was named one of Newcity’s Design 50, an annual list of influencers who promote and present design in Chicago.