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Educator of the Year


The IIDA Educator of the Year Award recognizes and celebrates a full-time design educator for outstanding accomplishments and commitment to interior design education.

Important Dates

Application Period Opens – Monday, Jan. 8, 2018
Deadline to Apply – Friday, March 30, 2018


The 2018 IIDA Educator of the Year will receive:

  • $10,000 cash award sponsored by Milliken and a free IIDA membership for 2019.
  • Airfare and one night's hotel stay in Chicago to attend the award presentation during the IIDA Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 10, 2018.
  • A feature on the IIDA website and DesignMatters, the flagship e-newsletter of IIDA.


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.

Application Requirements 

Review the materials required for the 2018 application.


For more information, contact Karen Kiell, senior director of member services, at or 312.379.5171.


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2017 Educator of the Year

Jon Otis

Jon Otis, IIDA

The 2017 Educator of the Year Award recipient is Jon Otis, IIDA, tenured professor of interior design at Pratt Institute in New York City and principal and creative director of OIA-Object Agency.

Read the Press Release