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Report
Sustaining Interior Design
Education
Kimball Office Work Group
Spring 2009
The Problem…
At NeoCon 2007, the issue of a shortage
of ID educators was brought up to ID
practitioners…
 Over 120 interior design faculty positions
open across North America
 Nearly 50% had fewer than 3 qualified
applicants
 85% had fewer than 6 qualified applicants
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The Cause…
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Increased number of ID students
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Value of design thinking
HGTV
Increased number of ID programs
 The graying of America…retirements…
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The Cause…
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For full-time teaching, generally a masters
degree is required; sometimes for parttime teaching as well
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Majority of ID first-professional degree
programs are at the bachelor’s level; not
masters, therefore, few interior designer
practitioners can be hired to fill these
positions; must have graduate degree
The Solution…
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Kimball Office gave $10,000 (the first
time!) to support the challenge of
increasing the pool of qualified ID
educators, thereby sustaining ID
education
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Call went out in Spring 2008 for applicants
to form an IDEC Work Group…
Sustaining Interior Design
Education Work Group
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AKA…Kimball Office Work Group (KOWG)
Joy Dohr, Chair, University of WisconsinMadison (retired)
 Andrew Furman, Ryerson University
 Denise Guerin, University of Minnesota
 Eileen Jones, Perkins + Will
 Nila Leiserowitz, Gensler
With…
 Georgy Olivieri (instigator, consciousnessraiser)
 Jeff Beachum (IDEC)
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KOWG – Summer 2008
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Reviewed materials
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Surveys
Conference notes
Data from CIDA…
Set agenda for a 3-day meeting
KOWG – September 2008
Outcome of the meeting was five
recommendations
 Strategies were developed
 Budgets for each recommendation were
developed
 Presented to Issues Forum, November
2008
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KOWG Recommendations
1. Credentials for several types of ID
education positions be identified and
developed via an IDEC White Paper
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Practitioner-educator, part-time
Practitioner-educator, full time, non-tenure
track
Practitioner-educator, full-time, tenure track
Approved for funding; needs team members;
small stipend available
Completion by August 2009
KOWG Recommendations
2. Courses, methods, and materials be
developed to teach ID practitionereducators
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About teaching, education as a career path
About contributing to scholarship…connecting
practice to scholarship
This is being addressed by the IDEC
Academy; partially completed
Needs team members; small stipend
Completion by end of 2009
KOWG Recommendations
3. Identify existing graduate education
program information
Type of degree; Type of program
Resources required to complete a degree
Available resources
Why do a post-professional graduate degree?
What type of course work is done in this type
of program?
 How does a practitioner get started?
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KOWG Recommendations
 Almost completed by the Graduate Network and
by a Strategic Initiative (Ray-Degges,
Nussbaumer, & Stockwell)
 Still a few things to complete, the Graduate
Network has been asked to do them
 Funding needed for the dissemination as a source
of information to practitioners
 Electronic…LinkedIn—Twitter—Tweet…
KOWG Recommendations
4.a. Create and advance relationships,
opportunities, and understanding of
needs for qualified educators among
students, practitioners, and educators…
Short-term Strategies
 Appoint/develop a conference liaison among
educators, practitioners, and students for
presentations about ID education as a career
path
 Prepare consistent message/literature for
Career Day presentations; disseminate
KOWG Recommendations
4.b. Create and advance relationships,
opportunities, and understanding of
needs for qualified educators among
students, practitioners, and educators…
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Develop Centers of Excellence within Academia
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Connect with business and industry to shape research
topics
Dialogue between educators and practitioners on research
questions
Immersed in each other’s environments
Focus on integrating students
KOWG Recommendations
4.b. Create and advance relationships,
opportunities, and understanding of
needs for qualified educators among
students, practitioners, and educators…
 Develop Partnership Centers in regions across
North America
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Develop courses that reflect outcome of discussion
among educators, practitioners, students, industry…
Develop studios in which faculty and practitioners
can be exchanged (design-swap)
KOWG Recommendations
Recommendations 4a and 4b…
 Funding is being sought
 Team members are needed
 Small stipend available
Other Unexpected Outcomes…
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IDEA-line
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Hot line for practitioners to call educators to
find out about teaching
Believe
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Brochure to be disseminated in hard copy and
on-line
KOWG Summary…
 Much of the work is underway
 Some funding has been secured
 IDEC, Kimball Office, and Teknion
 Need team members (practitioners and
educators) to work on all
recommendations
 See IDEC Web site for Call for Participants
to be members of this ongoing work…
 www.idec.org
Questions…Comments…
Contact Denise Guerin, University of
Minnesota ([email protected]) with
questions.

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