IDSA Awards


IDSA Awards is a collection of awards presented in recognition of significant contribution to the Society or the industrial design profession, excellence in academic advancement, or personal achievement. The awards outlined here are presented annually at, or in close proximity to, the International Design Conference. IDSA's Awards Committee, made up of IDSA members and chaired by IDSA's At-large Director (Awards), maintains annual oversight of this portfolio and evaluates candidates to identify deserving recipients.


Congratulations to the 2021 IDSA Award Recipients



Awards Categories


Academy of Fellows


Recognizes IDSA members who have earned the respect and affection of our community through distinguished service to the society and to the profession as a whole.


Individual Achievement Award


Recognizes IDSA members or non-members whose sustained individual achievement has made a valued contribution to the profession of industrial design.


Special Achievement Award


Recognizes individuals, organizations, or special projects for their creativity, innovation, passion, advocacy or achievement in the field of industrial design.


Education Award


Recognizes significant, distinguished, and long-term contributions of career or tenured faculty IDSA members to the field of industrial design academia.


Young Educator Award


Recognizes junior faculty, non-tenured, or tenure-track IDSA member educators who have made a noteworthy impact on industrial design education within the early years of their academic career.


Chair's Award


IDSA's Board Chair may provide special acknowledgement to individuals whose work in service of the Society is deserving of a spotlight.

(Active: 2012-2015)


Awards Committee

A core purpose of the Awards Committee is to ensure the awards we give maintain their relevancy and value to our diverse membership and design community at large. In doing so, the Committee seeks to increase member understanding and visibility of the awards program. A better understanding allows for greater participation and in turn helps IDSA celebrate the wonderful achievements of our community. All candidates who qualify for an award are rigorously evaluated by IDSA's Awards Committee and subsequently approved by IDSA's Board of Directors before being presented with the recognition they have earned.

In accordance with our Bylaws, the 2021 Awards Committee is led by the At-Large Director on the Board, ClayVon Lowe, IDSA.

ClayVon Lowe, IDSA (Committee Chair)

Warren Ginn, FIDSA

Julie Heard, FIDSA

Ayana Patterson, IDSA

Sheng-Hung Lee, IDSA

Percy Hooper, IDSA

Betsy Barnhart, IDSA


For more information about IDSA's Awards program, please email Rachel Winter at