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Educator of the Year


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

Important Dates

Applications for the 2021 IIDA Member of the Year will open in October 2020.


The IIDA Educator of the Year receives:

  • $10,000 cash award and a complimentary IIDA membership.
  • Airfare and one night's hotel stay in Chicago to attend the award presentation during the 2021 IIDA Annual Meeting.
  • A feature on 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.


For more information, contact John Czarnecki at


Thank You to Our Sponsor


2020 Educator of the Year

Pamela Evans

Katherine Ankerson, FIIDA, AIA

The 2020 Educator of the Year Award recipient is Katherine Ankerson, FIIDA, AIA, Dean of the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Prior to her appointment to Dean of the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Ankerson was a professor and head of the Department of Interior Architecture and Product Design at Kansas State University and had served as professor and associate dean in the UNL architecture college. She has held academic positions at Radford University and Washington State University after spending many years as a practicing architect and designer. Ankerson received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Bachelor of Architecture from Washington State, in addition to a master’s degree in architecture. She has also recently been inducted into the prestigious IIDA College of Fellows for 2020-2021. A strong proponent of design education, Ankerson advocates for interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary engagement, the value of design and making, and embracing new technologies in addition to strengthening traditional design tools.