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IDC and Milliken Announce First Annual Design Research Award Winners

IDC and Milliken are excited to announce two recipients of the first annual Design Research Award: Angela Bourne (Educator/Practitioner) and Doaa Khattab (Student) from both Ontario. Sponsored by Milliken, certificates and cash prizes of $5,000 for the educator/practitioner winner and $2,500 for the student winner were awarded at IDC’s 43rd Annual Meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The annual award recognizes individuals who demonstrate excellence and innovation through interior design research, including projects conducted at the masters or doctorate level and through major projects by final-year students.

“I am honored to receive this award and appreciate how much it recognizes the years of research I undertook while completing my PhD in Environmental /Interior Design and my current research trajectory,” said educator/practitioner award winner, Angela Bourne whose research focused on designing for adults with intellectual development diversities. “I look forward to using these funds to do new research that contributes to the development of best practices for the design of built environments that are socially sustainable,” Bourne said.

Student award winner, Doaa Khattab’s research concentrated on rethinking the grocery store and the importance of an inclusive wayfinding system for visually impaired shoppers. “Receiving this award will encourage others to focus on an inclusive design approach that removes barriers. This will therefore allow people to participate equally and independently in everyday activities,” said Khattab.

“We couldn’t be more excited to acknowledge and celebrate our two winners this year,” said Susan Wiggins, IDC CEO. “Milliken’s generosity has helped us highlight the importance of research as a tool in the interior design process.”

The winning entries demonstrated relevance to the profession by outlining the potential impact of their research on the profession and/or the human experience.

“Angela and Doaa’s research provides evidence that meaningful interior design can improve the built environment in a way that enhances people’s lives on a daily basis,” said Stacy Walker, director of customer experience for the Milliken floor covering division. “Their leadership in producing purposedriven solutions shows what 'good design' entails - enhancing the interior experience of every person."

Next year’s award will be open for entries in spring 2016.

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