The Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) has named Dr. Bridget May, Marymount University professor of Interior Design and chair of the Interior Design graduate program, a Council Fellow – the highest honor given by the international organization.
IDEC’s mission is to promote the advancement of interior design education, scholarship, and service. Jane Kucko, chair of the Council of Fellows, said the award was bestowed in recognition of Dr. May’s “many years of steady contributions to the organization, scholarship in the field, and teaching interior design.”
Dr. May was presented with a certificate and a bronze medallion at IDEC’s 50th Anniversary awards banquet in Baltimore, MD. She remarked, “It was a complete surprise. I got a standing ovation and I teared up. It was such an honor.” In addition, all the Marymount Interior Design faculty members received service awards in recognition of their work co-hosting the IDEC conference.
Dr. May joins 42 peers in the Council of Fellows, including Jean Freeman, Marymount professor of Interior Design, a former IDEC president who was elevated to Fellow in 2000.
This is the latest of Dr. May’s many notable recognitions and achievements. In 2010, she was inducted into the Historic Preservation Honor Society’s Sigma Pi Kappa Alpha Chapter, for which membership is by invitation only. Dr. May is also coauthor of Architecture and Interior Design through the 18th Century: An Integrated History (2001), Architecture and Interior Design from the 19th Century: An Integrated History volume 2 (2008); and Architecture and Interior Design: An Integrated History to the Present (2011). The books received the Polsky Prize in 2002, 2009, and 2012 respectively from the American Society for Interior Designers. In addition, Dr. May is an associate editor of IDEC’s "Journal of Interior Design," the only publication in the United States devoted to interior design scholarship.
Dr. Bridget May, left, and IDEC Council of Fellows chair Janet Kucko at IDEC’s 50th anniversary awards banquet in Baltimore, MD