With deep expertise in both architecture and interior design, Dean Katherine Ankerson has been named 2021 Chair of the Board of Directors for the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Ankerson has had a long history of volunteering for CIDA starting in 2010 as a site accreditation visitor and more recently named to their Board of Directors in 2017.
Ankerson is a well-known and highly respected member and advocate of design education and this honor adds to her long list of accolades and accomplishments as an educator. In addition to being named CIDA board chair, in the last 12 months, Ankerson was named the 2020 International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Educator of the Year and was one of six IIDA members inducted into the prestigious IIDA College of Fellows for 2020. In 2017, she was also named as an Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) fellow.
In addition to serving on the CIDA board, Ankerson has held numerous board positions with professional design organizations such as the American Institute of Architects-Nebraska (AIA NE), the AIA NE Foundation, the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education and IDEC among other professional contributions.
“It is humbling to be named among the list of board chairs who have led this organization with great distinction and forethought,” said Dean Ankerson. “I look forward to the various opportunities along with my esteemed colleagues to guide the next generation of designers to be leaders and innovators who create resilient, healthy and beautiful worlds.”
Ankerson is also a member of AIA, IDEC and IIDA and a licensed architect in Washington and Nebraska and holds a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) certificate.
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 184 CIDA-accredited programs in the U.S., Canada, Qatar and the UAE.