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Interior Architecture & Product Design

Ankerson Receives IDEC 2013 Book Award


Illustrated Codes of Designers: ResidentialMANHATTAN – Illustrated Codes of Designers: Residential, written by Katherine Ankerson, professor and department head of Interior Architecture & Product Design, received the 2013 Interior Design Educators Council’s Book Award. The book is published by Fairchild Books and co-branded by the International Codes Council.

The IDEC Book Award is given for recognition of the content of an outstanding book that exhibits excellence in addressing issues of the discipline of interior design including practice, research and education. Books do not have to be associated with an IDEC member to be nominated.

"It is such an honor to have this book chosen for the annual award," Ankerson said. "This is a project that has been long in the making. It's wonderful to see the project come to fruition and be acknowledged and celebrated in such a way."

According to the selection committee, they were impressed with the inclusiveness and organization of the text and felt that the DVD-based book could be a trendsetter in interior design education. "Learning about codes is typically presented in a dry format that can be difficult to read but this text is a well-thought-out approach to comprehensive, active learning."

This is the second straight IDEC Annual Book Award to go to a College of Architecture, Planning & Design faculty member. Interior Architecture & Product Design Associate Professor Vibhavari Jani received the award last year for her book, Diversity in Design: Perspective from the Non-Western World.

The Interior Design Educators Council was formalized in 1963 to "promote recognition of the contribution of interior design education, scholarship and practice to the advancement of quality of life within the built environment."