Teknion Corporation is pleased to announce that it is partnering with the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) to sustain the pool of qualified interior design educators.
As the Visionary Partner, Teknion is proud to lead an industry coalition including office furniture manufacturers, interiors product manufacturers, architectural and interior design firms, design schools, publishers and interior design professional associations for the 2009 IDEC Annual Conference in St. Louis, Mo. from March 25-28.
Over the last few years, the number of qualified interior design educators has not kept pace with demand. There is a growing student interest in interior design education, increased number of interior design and specialty programs, and retirement of baby boomer educators. IDEC is dedicated to sustaining interior design education and welcomes Teknion’s sponsorship and leadership to bring stakeholders together.
“The IDEC conference and the IDEC Sustaining Interior Design Education Initiative is an opportunity to come together as an industry, engage in dialogue and create a unified voice to ensure the education of interior designers well into the future,” stated Lourdes Collins, Teknion’s National Program Manager for Architecture and Design.
Collins continued, “IDEC has created a task force of industry pioneers – including interior design practice leaders Eileen Jones of Perkins+Will and Nila Leiserowitz of Gensler, and interior design education leaders Denise Guerin of the University of Minnesota, Joy Dohr of the University of Wisconsin, and Andrew Furman of Ryerson University. This IDEC- designated group will spearhead the implementation plan to increase the number of qualified interior design educators in the next two to five years.”
Jeffrey Beachum, Executive Director of IDEC commented, “We appreciate Teknion’s support. It will make a tremendous difference in launching this important initiative to ensure interior design education and sustainability of the profession.”
Collins concluded, “We are excited to work with IDEC and honored to support this important industry conference.”