The Louis S. Tregre Award is one of the interior design world's most distinguished honors. This year The National Council for Interior Design Qualification, Inc. (NCIDQ) gave the honor to Caren Martin, associate professor of interior design, for outstanding service at the grassroots level in support of NCIDQ's mission to protect the health, life safety, and welfare of the public by establishing standards of competence in the practice of interior design.
In its unanimous selection, the NCIDQ Board noted that Martin has been a champion for the public's health, safety and welfare for decades, as a practitioner, educator, researcher, author and licensing advocate. She is the co-author of The Interior Design Profession's Body of Knowledge and Its Relationship to People's Health, Safety and Welfare and The State of the Interior Design Profession, both regarded as research cornerstones for the profession.
"Caren has made significant contributions to the perception of interior design as a credible profession," said Mary Jane Grigsby, NCIDQ President. "She has promoted our profession in every manner, including her graduate work on the public's opinion of architecture, interior design and interior decoration. All interior designers owe Caren a debt of gratitude for her masterfully written rebuttal to arguments against interior design as a legitimate profession."
Martin was awarded the Education Leadership Award from the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario in 2010, and the Presidential Award for Outstanding Service to the Profession from the Interior Design Educators Council in 2008. In 2012, she received the American Society of Interior Design (ASID) Foundation's Irene Winifred Eno Grant to pursue research dedicated to health, safety, and welfare in the field of interior design.
In 2012, DesignIntelligence (DI) magazine ranked among the Interior Design graduate program among the most admired in the country "for its strong research and faculty." Earlier this year the Accreditation Commission of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) renewed the Interior Design program's accreditation for the next six years, making the Interior Design Bachelor of Science degree continuously accredited since the inception of CIDA (formerly FIDER) over 40 years ago. In their analysis, the CIDA commission reported that during their on-site review of the program, the visiting team did not identify any weaknesses.
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