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Educator of the Year


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The IIDA Educator of the Year Award recognizes and celebrates a full-time design educator for outstanding accomplishments and commitment to interior design education. The educator of the year will receive a $10,000 cash award, sponsored by Milliken, and a complimentary 2017 IIDA membership.

The candidate must be a current full-time instructor with a minimum five years of experience in a post-secondary program of interior design education at any university or recognized school of interior design.


2015 Educator of the Year


Virginia San Fratello, 2015 Educator of the Year, is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator at San Jose State University and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland. San Fratello is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Emerging Objects, a design and research company that specializes in 3-D printed materials and objects for the built environment. She is also Principal at Rael San Fratello Architects. Below she shares how she fell into teaching and why it ended up being the best way for her to give back to the design community.