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2017 Diversity Award


The Award

The IIDA Foundation, in partnership with Interior Design Educators Council Foundation, Inc., is pleased to announce and present the 2nd 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 7 - 10, 2018, in Boston.

In order to apply for consideration, the candidate must be a current full-time educator who is a member of IDEC, 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.


Important Dates

Recipient Announced – January 2018
Award Presentation – March 7 - 10, 2018 at the IDEC Annual Conference



The period to apply to the 2017 IIDA Foundation Diversity Award is closed. Check back for 2018 award opening and closing dates.



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2017 Diversity Award Recipient 

Abimbola O. Asojo

Abimbola O. Asojo, Ph.D., AIA, IES, IDEC, NCIDQ, NOMA, LEED AP

The 2017 IIDA Foundation Diversity of the Year Award recipient is Abimbola O. Asojo, professor of interior design at the College of Design, University of Minnesota.

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