Harrington Interior Design Chair is IDEC President-Elect
December 8, 2011
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For a college steeped in a strong tradition of superior interior design, it takes an outstanding individual to lead the interior design department as chair. Dr John Martin-Rutherford is just such an individual.
When we recently found out that Dr. Martin-Rutherford was selected as president-elect of the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), we couldn’t be more proud! IDEC is an internationally recognized interior design organization whose mission is the advancement of interior design education, scholarship and service.
"I believe that we become stronger as a profession when we increase the professional practice skills of our graduates, giving them the lead in attaining those positions in firms where they can rise to their greatest potential," said Dr. Martin-Rutherford in his candidate statement for the position. "Strengthening our educational requirements and expanding students’ views of the profession and what that brings to more successful architecture and urban environments is one means of giving us greater clout in the tough economic situation of the 21st century. Interior designers deserve positions of power based on education and experience. If we must battle against incursions from stronger professional groups, let us do it from strength that comes from great educational environments and professional programs."
Harrington College of Design is proud to have our instructors affiliated with IDEC and honored to have hosted the Mid-West IDEC Conference at our school for the past few years (organized in great part with the help of Elizabeth Wersells, a Harrington Interior Design instructor and IDEC Member).