CIDA Award for Excellence Gives Top Honors to Interior Design Faculty Members

CIDA Award for Excellence Gives Top Honors to Interior Design Faculty Members

By Kerry McCulloug...

January 29, 2018

Lindsey Bahe

The College of Architecture is pleased to announce two interior design faculty members were among the 2017 Award for Excellence winners presented by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). This award recognizes and celebrates outstanding practices that advance the cause of excellence in interior design education.

The first place winner is Lindsey Bahe, associate professor and interim director of the Interior Design program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Bahe's entry "Shifting Studios: From Project Typology Based Problem Solving to Inquiry, Circumstance and Conditions" encompasses applied inquiry and research, critical thinking and the role and impact of design on current social issues.

"The CIDA Board congratulates Professor Bahe for this outstanding example of an inquiry-based studio that gives students the opportunity to research and develop critical thinking skills and an evidence-based approach to their individual design work," states CIDA Board Chair Collin Burry, FIIDA. Bahe received a $5,000 award in recognition of this honor.

Furthermore, Nathan Bicak, assistant professor in the Interior Design program, received an honorable mention for his submission "Learning Spaces Collaborative Studio".

“Every day I see the incredible work produced by our faculty, but it is wonderful to see their recognition on such a significant scale,” commented Dean Katherine Ankerson.

Winning entries of the 2017 CIDA Award for Excellence are available for viewing on their website here. The Council for Interior Design Accreditation is an independent, non-profit, accrediting organization responsible for setting standards and evaluating degree-granting interior design programs. There are 190 CIDA-accredited programs in the U.S., Canada, Qatar, and the UAE.