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June 10, 2007, Chicago, IL – The International Interior Design Association’s International Honors and Awards were presented at IIDA’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 10, 2007 by Association President, Pam Light, FIIDA. Two awards were given this year: the Distinguished Leadership Award and the IIDA Star Award.

The IIDA Star Award recognizing outstanding contributions to the interior design profession was presented to Dr. Karen Stephenson, a leader in design scholarship, whose research in social networks and the business of design is a model for the future of the interior design profession. Dr. Karen Stephenson, hailed in Business 2.0 as “The Organization Woman”, is a corporate anthropologist and lauded as a pioneer and "a leader in the growing field of social-network business consultants." In 2007, she was one of only three females recognized from a distinguished short list of 55 in Random House’s Guide to the Management Gurus. In 2006, she was awarded the first Houghton Hepburn Fellow at Bryn Mawr College for her groundbreaking contributions to civic engagement. Her web-based firm Netform was recognized as one of the top 100 leading innovation companies by CIO in 2001. Her prominence catapulted in 2000 when she was featured in a New Yorker article by Malcolm Gladwell, regarding the social dynamics of office spaces. Even before these accolades, Stephenson had been recognized internationally for her pioneering work in detecting, diagnosing and designing human networks to solve a variety of complex problems that have been featured in The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and Wired.

A global nomad, she is sighted at the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University where she currently lectures. This was preceded by five years at the Harvard School of Design and ten years at the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology at Harvard University, an M.A. in Anthropology at the University of Utah, and B.A. in Art & Chemistry at Austin College, TX.

The IIDA Distinguished Leadership Award recognizes outstanding contributions to IIDA or the design community by an IIDA Professional Member. This year’s award is presented to Kim Mikula, IIDA in recognition of her years of service to the Association and her leadership of IIDA’s Forum Council. Kim is currently the VP of Forums on the IIDA Board of Directors where she has led the Forum Advisors to begin seating their own task forces to advise IIDA’s leadership on issues relating to the future of the design profession across the spectrum of design specialties. Her past service to IIDA has included her roles as a Facility Planning and Design Forum Advisor , a participant on the IIDA Development Committee and as President of the IIDA New England Chapter.

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The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) works to enhance quality of life through excellence in interior design and to advance interior design through knowledge, value and community.

IIDA is a professional networking and educational association of 12,000 Members in nine specialty Forums in 30 Chapters around the world. Additional information is available on IIDA’s website