K-State interior design professor to help shape new accreditation standards
Friday, September 15, 2006
MANHATTAN, KAN. – Barbara Anderson, assistant professor in the department of apparel, textiles, and interior design, has been selected as one of 15 outstanding leaders in interior design to participate in Future Vision, the effort by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation to define new accreditation standards for interior design education programs.
Anderson was nominated by Mike Dudek, assistant professor and Anderson’s colleague in the department of apparel, textiles, and interior design.
“Barbara has a lot of passion for the design process as well as for design education,” Dudek said. “I’ve heard great ideas from her and I thought those ideas needed a broader audience. I hope this honor will give her that platform.”
Anderson was one of only five interior design educators in North America selected. Individuals selected to be Future Vision participants must demonstrate a well-informed view of interior design education, knowledge of the industry, leadership, the ability to identify future issues, and professionalism.
“As hokey as it may sound, I believe teaching interior design students is my true calling,” Anderson said. “I was trained as an architect and for 23 years my professional practice has been in historic preservation. I have been immersed in interior design for the last seven years because I believe interior design has the brightest future of all environmental design fields.”
Anderson will participate in Future Vision meetings in Nov., 2006 in Grand Rapids, Mich.