OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL-- The Interior Design Educators Council values the recognition of excellence in teaching, scholarship and service from both its own membership and the larger international design community. As such, the organization bestowed its highest honors to two IDEC members during its 2018 President’s Reception in Boston.

The Arnold P. Friedmann Educator of Distinction award - initiated in 2011 - is presented to an IDEC member in recognition of significant, sustained and distinguished contributions in interior design education. The 2018 recipient of this honor is Allison Carll-White, Ph.D., FIIDA, FIDEC, professor at the University of Kentucky’s School of Interiors and adjunct professor in the Department of Historic Preservation.

According to University of Kentucky’s School of Interiors Dean Mitzi Vernon, “The School of Interiors has continued to make strides toward excellence, and the honors received at this year’s IDEC conference validate that effort. I am delighted by Professor Carll-White’s achievement, as this is the highest honor IDEC bestows.”

The IDEC Council of Fellows, founded in 1977, grants the status of Fellow to a current IDEC member to recognize outstanding contributions to the organization. The 2018 inductee is Caren Martin, Ph.D., CID, FASID, associate professor at the University of Minnesota Interior Design Program and executive program director of InformeDesign®. Martin, with her vast experience in evidence-based design and professionalization/legal recognition of interior design, joins the nearly 40 members of the IDEC Fellows.