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2018 Diversity Award


IIDA Diversity Award

The IIDA Foundation, in partnership with Interior Design Educators Council Foundation, Inc., is pleased to announce and present the 3rd annual IIDA Diversity Award. This award recognizes and celebrates an educator who is a representative of a diverse background and is making a significant contribution to interior design education today.

The recipient will receive a $5,000 cash award from the IIDA Foundation. The award will be presented at the IDEC Annual Conference, scheduled for March 4-9, 2019, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In order to apply for consideration, the candidate must be a current full-time educator who is representative of a diverse background with any of the following: race, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, disability and/or sexual orientation, and has made contributions to the teaching profession for advancing the practice of interior design.

Application Information 

Review the submission guidelines.

Important Dates

Application Open – Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Application Deadline – Extended to Friday, November 9, 2018
Recipient Announced – January 2019
Award Presentation – March 4-9, 2019 at the IDEC Annual Conference


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2018 Diversity Award Recipient 

Vibhavari Jani, IIDA, AIAS, EDRA, IDEC, IIA

Vibhavari Jani, IIDA, AIAS, EDRA, IDEC, IIA

The 2018 IIDA Foundation Diversity of the Year Award recipient is Vibhavari Jani, IIDA, AIAS, EDRA, IDEC, IIA, associate professor in the Department of Interior Architecture and Product Design at Kansas State University

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