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The IIDA Foundation, in partnership with Interior Design Educators Council Foundation (IDECF), is pleased to present the IIDA Educator Diversity Award, recognizing and celebrating educators that contribute to the advancement of racial and ethnic diversity in the interior design industry. The award is sponsored by KI.

This program awards one recipient a $5,000 cash award from the IIDA Foundation.

Applications are now open! Apply here.


Full-time educators who have made recognized contributions to advance and expand racial and ethnic diversity in the interior design industry are encouraged to apply. To nominate an educator other than yourself, email foundation@iida.org with the name and a brief description of the educator that you are nominating, and IIDA Foundation staff will contact the nominated educator to invite them to apply.


Applications and nominations are open now through December 10, 2020. Learn more and apply here

2021 Educator Diversity Award Recipient

Tasoulla Hadjiyanni, Ph.D

The 2021 IIDA Foundation's Educator Diversity Award recipient is Tasoulla Hadjiyanni, Ph.D, Northrop Professor of interior design at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Hadjiyanni has spent over 20 years advancing racial and ethnic diversity in the interior design industry and encouraging interior designers to become partners in eliminating racial disparities in health, income, and education. Read more here.